Love

The soundtrack of Fantastic Mr. Fox, like all Wes Anderson films, is loaded with great music that punctuate the situations. Anyone who combines Burl Ives, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and the Wellingtons’ classic Ballad of Davy Crockett in one film is okay in my book.

Anderson also pays homage to Disney’s foxy Robin Hood (1973) by using its Oscar nominated song, Love. Huston Huddleston edited this video (embed above) using a discarded, unreleased recording which his late father, Floyd Huddleston, co-wrote (with George Bruns) and his mother, Nancy Adams, sang. Huston says:“…quite frankly I prefer this to the one they used in the finished Disney picture. This alternate country version was recorded in 1973 in Nashville and it was just released on the soundtrack of the new Wes Anderson film, Fantastic Mr Fox.”

Huston has also uploaded a rare alternate country version of Phony King Of England written by Johnny Mercer, with additional lyrics by Floyd Huddleston for this version, and sung by Phil Harris, Andy Divine and the Do Gooders.


  • Bob

    Very pretty

  • droosan

    On a semi-related note, Los Lobos recently did a CD/album of Disney covers .. which includes their versions of “Oo-De-Lolly” and “Not in Nottingham.”

    Nice to see the songs from ROBIN HOOD getting a little love, lately. ^_^

  • http://www.animationarchive.org Stephen Worth

    When I was in Jr High School, a friend and I went to see Robin Hood. We had seen all the previous Disney features and were excited to see a new one. We came out terribly disappointed and decided that we were probably too old for cartoons. I didn’t watch cartoons again until college, when I realized that I wasn’t the problem- tired out Disney formulas were. I’ll never forgive Robin Hood for that.

    (And that three fingered fox hand is ugly as sin. What were they thinking?!)

  • http://thedreamerskingdom.org TK

    To think of it, Robin Hood is perhaps the most beloved animated feature despite all the post-Walt quality issues like recycled animations and characters. Of course, when we were kids we didn’t bother to care about those.

    Too bad Disney doesn’t love this film as much as we do. No soundtrack released on CD, latest DVD was in widescreen crop instead of original 1.33:1. I even doubt if they’ll ever going to get a blu-ray treatment.

    Even better, Disney didn’t even bother making a sequel of it!

    BTW, it seems that both on iTunes and Amazon the version included in FMF soundtrack was the one from the 1973 film (1:49 min) and not the country version (2 mins). *sigh*

  • http://kirbydream.com/ Leirin

    Robin Hood tried too hard to “follow Walt’s formula”, but if you can forget about that it’s honestly not a bad film at all. I like this song.

  • Huston Huddleston

    A small bit of trivia: The song Love was nominated for the Oscar that year (up against monster hits Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die and The Way We Were), and Henry Mancini did the arrangements for the awards show. He loved THIS version of Love so much he wanted to use it for Johnny Whitaker and Jodie Foster to perform live at the broadcast, but Disney made him mirror the arrangement from the film unfortunately, but Mancini always expressed his regret.

    • markthemark

      Anyone has ever seen the JF/JW performance? I’ve just two pictures of them, but no video.

  • Jason

    “Robin Hood” had an interesting re-imagining of the classic Robin Hood tale – I love the various animal types cast as the characters – but it had two main flaws: no real danger to Robin. Prince John and Sir Hiss were incompetent pansies. Plus, TOO MUCH PHIL HARRIS. Talk about overexposure; it was the third animated Disney film Harris had done voices for, and his SECOND time portraying a bear! Jeez. You’d think the guy was Mel Blanc or something…

  • TheGunheart

    The story boards for an alternate ending were provided on the “Most Wanted Edition” DVD. In it, Prince John actually does manage to provide some real danger. See, in this version, Robin is injured in the escape, and is taken to the church to recover. But Prince John shows up, dressed in a black cloak with a dagger in hand.

    Yep, he intends to kill Robin, AND Maid Marian when she tries to stop him. Of course, King Richard shows up just in the nick of time.

    Frankly, I liked this ending much better. It gave Marian a speaking part again (really, she stops talking half-way through), showed Robin wasn’t quite so invincible, and gave King Richard a far more dramatic entrance, even if it is a bit of Deus Ex Machina. The wedding is also actually shown, and provides a far more satisfying epilogue.

    And yes, I like the movie for the simple fact that the anthropomorphic animal designs were a refreshing change from Disney’s fairly dull humans.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    I first saw Robin Hood when I was eight and fell in love with it. I still
    love it today despite the imperfection of it. I like both versions of
    ‘Love’-the one in the original release and the arrangement heard here. If Disney ever issues a soundtrack cd of RH,I hope they include this as a bonus track.

    And Wes Anderson;anybody who admires Robert Altman’s Brewster McCloud and puts a song from Robin Hood in one of his movies is okay in my book!

  • Matt Sullivan

    That three fingered fox hand is ugly as sin?

    ………..How?….Isn’t this Milt kahl or one of the other old men? It looks well drawn to me.

  • http://none Zack Mays

    I like the movie myself !!! It was cute in a odd way.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Being reminded someone was selling storyboard panels or such up on eBay where Robin was about to be beheaded with an axe and one of him on the ground with an arrow on his back. It would’ve been nice to have had those scenes left in the film as TheGunheart stated of the alt. ending sequence. Disney played it a tad safe that time around.

  • http://www.rudyagresta.com Rudy Agresta

    As a professional composer and animator with experience marrying picture to sound, I like this Huston Huddleston version of “Love” more so than what was finally used in the film.

    Many thanks to all involved. It was a pleasant trip down memory lane.

  • Sara H.

    I love everything about this movie, one of my all time favorites! I’ll be really excited to see this song in ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ what a great move.

  • Scott

    “(And that three fingered fox hand is ugly as sin. What were they thinking?!)”

    Not as ugly as a three fingered realistic human in a bob clampett cartoon. Elmer Fudd, I buy. But a mailman with 3 fingers delivering a letter to Daffy is utterly repulsive (not to mention badly drawn and badly animated).

    Robin Hood is a mess of a film from top to bottom. The bluth influence is seeping in, and thankfully, the old guys didn’t care for this and moved him along.

  • TheGunheart

    “where Robin was about to be beheaded with an axe”

    That happened in the movie itself, remember? Only Little John sticking a knife to Prince John’s back saved him.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    > Not as ugly as a three fingered realistic human in a bob clampett cartoon. Elmer Fudd, I buy. But a mailman with 3 fingers delivering a letter to Daffy is utterly repulsive (not to mention badly drawn and badly animated).

    I often wonder how much less noticeable it would be if it was a four-finger mailman in that scene.

    I know what you’re talking about TheGunheart, but here’s one of those pics in case you wanted to see. Wasn’t sure if it was original or something a guy did for fun.
    http://a.imagehost.org/0459/rhbrd1.jpg

  • TheGunheart

    Ah, cool. It looks like an early version of the scene if the film, if you ask me. Do you have any more?

  • Tom Pope

    This holds a special place in my heart; I own a piece of development art from this sequence by story man/director/CalArts teacher Dave Michener. Plus, being six at the time, I was the target audience.

  • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

    I am reasonably sure that the alternate country version of Phony King Of England was included on the “listen along” audio casette – the one with the kids narrating.

    Anyone able to confirm or disconfirm this?

  • droosan

    Elliot .. I had the ‘listen-along’ record, as a kid. The “Phony King of England” song WAS a slightly different arrangement than in the film .. but it featured the kids singing in chorus along with Phil Harris, IIRC.

  • Huston Huddleston

    There was a Louis Prima version of Love and Phony King on an album called LET’S HEAR IT FOR ROBIN HOOD from Buena Vista Records 1973 that used similar arrangements by Mundell Lowe based on the ones on Youtube. Incidentally, the alternate versions I posted were arranged by my mother Nancy Adams and produced on the Prima LP by both my parents. They then wrote songs for Rescuers, but when Prima got ill, the story and all songs were scrapped.

  • http://www.theaftend.com Allan Turner

    Warts and all, Robin Hood is my all time favourite Disney movie. It might not be the prettiest but it has some great character animation, the voice acting’s top notch, Roger Miller’s songs are memorable, and the story is satisfying. Most importantly, I connect with it and can watch it over and over again.

  • Emily

    No, the film isn’t perfect, having seen it again as an adult, but it’s a lot of fun. And…the character, Robin Hood, is definitely the only cartoon animal I’ve had a crush on, let alone the only cartoon character I’ve had the hots for. I mean, he’s sexy.

    I def. fast-forwarded through this sequence when I was a kid. But this is something I can appreciate it as an adult. It’s quite romantic.

    I have a weakness for narration through song. I think the music in Robin Hood is impeccable. “Not in Nottingham”? “Oo-de-lally”? Great songs!