I was inspired this morning by Lou McGill’s post which included animated GIFs of three close-ups from the final shoot-out in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Seeing the animated faces of Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach on a single webpage made my think of the Brady Bunch Opening with the nine family faces (you have to include Alice). And I thought, now wouldn’t that make a great animated GIF movie poster, placing major characters in the nine boxes.

I decided to use the 1938 swashbucking classic The Adventures of Robin Hood for this experiment for two reasons – one I love the melodramatic faces made in this film and second I happened to have the film on my computer (not sure what that says about me).


It was a bit laborious to build, using Final Cut Pro’s layers to place all the characters together and Photoshop to export the movie as a GIF. I chose Little John, Will Scarlet, and Friar Tuck to represent Robin Hood’s family. And for Prince John, I used Maid Marian (looking over to Robin Hood of course), Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and the Sheriff of Nottingham. I felt it was appropriate for King Richard to play the role of Alice, given  he’s glue that keeps all the disfunction happening.

It would be a lot of fun to match the original Brady Bunch show intro and write a new song for all these men in tights, but I’m not up to that this morning and will need someone to help with the musical accompaniment!