Robin Hoodwinked

Robin Hoodwinked
Tom and Jerry series

The title card of Robin Hoodwinked.
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by Lucille Bliss
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Kenneth Muse
Carlo Vinci
Lewis Marshall
James Escalante
Layouts by Richard Bickenbach
Backgrounds by Robert Gentle
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) June 6, 1958
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:15
Language English
Preceded by The Vanishing Duck
Followed by Tot Watchers

Robin Hoodwinked is a 1958 one reel animated Tom and Jerry short released after the MGM cartoon studio had effectively closed down. It was the penultimate Tom and Jerry cartoon that was directed (and produced) by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera with music by Scott Bradley. It also marked the final appearance of Nibbles (a.k.a. Tuffy), who first appeared in The Milky Waif. The cartoon was released on June 6, 1958, animated by Kenneth Muse, Carlo Vinci, Lewis Marshall and James Escalante with backgrounds by Robert Gentle and layouts by Richard Bickenbach.

Robin Hoodwinked is reminiscent of the "Mouseketeer" cartoons, except here, Tuffy (Nibbles) speaks in a hybrid of Saxon/Cockney English (with a very poor accent) as opposed to French.


Hearing the news from the Merry Men that Robin Hood has been captured, and is sure to hang, Jerry and Nibbles decide to go and free Robin, who is imprisoned in the dungeons of Notthingham Castle, with Tom as guard. They break into the dungeon and find the cell where "poor old Robin is locked up tight, 'e is", but first they have to get past Tom, who guards the "bloomin' key"..

They find the "bloomin' key" and grab it off Tom, but Tom locks Jerry and Nibbles in the cellar and swallows the key. Jerry and Nibbles escape the cellar, and Nibbles is able to get the key for Robin Hood's cell by abseiling from a piece of string, into Tom's mouth, whilst Tom is asleep. However, the string breaks, and Tom swallows Nibbles, waking him up in the process. Hiccuping, Tom drinks down a great deal of red wine, and then he goes back to sleep.

Nibbles emerges from Tom's mouth, clearly inebriated and singing "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond". He almost escapes, but the prongs of the key get caught on Tom's mouth and he wakes up again. Tom closes his mouth, trapping Nibbles. "Blimey! 'E locked me in, 'e did!". Nibbles breaks through Tom's teeth, using the key as a battering-ram.

Jerry helps Nibbles escape Tom, and together they give the key to Robin Hood. However, Tom raises the alarm. A silhouette of Robin Hood is seen diving into the moat around the castle and he escapes, with arrows flying all around him. Jerry and Nibbles celebrate Robin's freedom, but Nibbles's diaper gets caught on a flying arrow and he is sent into a nearby tree. A still-inebriated Nibbles is carousing, whilst being carried on the arrow-shaft by Jerry.



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