The gag about Robin being able to speak with an English accent is a reference to Kevin Costner's performance in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). Unfortunately viewers who saw both movies in a dubbed version couldn't get this gag. For the German dubbed version the gag was changed to: "because I - unlike some other Robin Hood - do not cost the producers 5 million". The German word "kosten" (cost) was also pronounced to sound a little bit like Costner. In the French (France) and Italian (Italy) dubbed versions, it is translated as, "Because unlike other Robin Hoods, I do not dance with the wolves", referring to another Kevin Costner movie Dances with Wolves (1990). In Quebec, the translation becomes "Because unlike other Robin Hoods, I accept to wear tights," which refers to the fact that Costner didn't wear tights in the 1991 movie. In the Hungarian version, he says "Because unlike Kevin Costner, I have a shapely bottom," a reference to the infamous fact that Costner used a body double in the nude scene.
The 'Men in Tights" song reuses some music from the song used in History of the World: Part I (1981), "Jews in Space", which was in the trailer for "History Of The World Part II", a movie that was never made.
When Dirty Ezio sets himself up in the tower to assassinate Robin Hood during the archery tournament, a sign can be seen behind him that reads "Royal Folio Depository", an obvious allusion to the Texas Book Depository building from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot and killed President John F. Kennedy.
The character played by Joe Dimmick, "Dirty Ezio", was originally written as "Dirty Harry" (Dimmick being a Clint Eastwood look-alike). But on that shooting day, Ezio Greggio, the Italian director, was visiting on the set and Mel Brooks decided to change the killer's name as a joke-homage to his colleague.
When the newly recruited Merry Men are getting outfitted with clothing and weapons, their tights are seen being taken out of giant plastic eggs. This is in reference to when L'eggs pantyhose used to be sold in plastic eggs packages.
When Robin Hood first comes across Ahchoo, he is being beaten by a group of soldiers, and Ahchoo says, "I hope someone is getting a video of this thing." This is a reference to the Rodney King beating in the early 1990s, when a group of L.A.P.D. officers beat a black motorist and a bystander captured it on video. The acquittal of the officers sparked the Los Angeles riots.
When attempting to motivate the villagers, the speech given by Robin Hood is a clear reference to two speeches given by Winston Churchill during World War II, specifically the "We shall fight them on the beaches" (given after the British withdrew from Dunkirk) and "Never was so much owed by so many to so few." (given after the Battle of Britain).
There is a rumor that the idea for this film came when a studio executive turned to his son and jokingly demanded "Give me an idea for a sure-fire hit, or else!" The boy replied "That's easy. Do a parody of Robin Hood."
When Prince John is in his bathtub, and the Sheriff asks him if the mole was on the other side, Prince John replies "I have a mole?" According to some images, Prince (later King) John Lackland really had a mole on his right cheek.
When the the crowd gives Robin the chop at the archery tournament, this references a tradition at the Florida State University sports matches. The chant is also sung when at FSU games. The chop was also, prior to this film, brought to more focus with the Atlanta Braves baseball fans adopting it to cheer on their team in the National League Championship Series and World Series.
When Ahchoo first appears, he and Robin fight Prince John's knights with a style Robin calls "Praying Mantis". Praying Mantis is an actual martial art - a style of Kung Fu emphasizing grabbing your opponent and bringing him to the ground - but it is nothing like the slapstick techniques that Robin and Ahchoo use.
Sir Patrick Stewart, who plays King Richard, was born and grew up in Mirfield, a mere two miles from the reputed site of Robin Hood's final resting place in the grounds of Kirklees Hall, West Yorkshire.
In the Jerusalem prison, when the head guard Muktar asks Chuchim for the tongue looseners to use to get Robin Hood to talk, three of the other prisoners gasp in horror, and at the same time, mimic the "See-no-evil Hear-no-evil Speak-no-evil" pose.
Director trademark (Mel Brooks): A character says, "Walk this way." The character(s) this line is said to mimic the way the speaker walks. In this film, Robin and the guards mimic Rottingham's pompous stride.
When the old man at the archery contest is revealed to be Robin Hood, the crowd does a fist whirl and "woof, woof" chant. This is an homage to late night talk show host Arsenio Hall, whose audience members sitting in the "Dog House" section of the audience would whirl their fists and bark like dogs.
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Sir Patrick Stewart plays King Richard talking in a thick Scottish accent, a reference to Sir Sean Connery's performance in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). Some critics found Connery's accent inappropriate for the role, since King Richard would not have spoken with a Scottish burr (thus providing comedic fodder for Mel Brooks). Technically, an English accent would have been no more appropriate than Sir Sean Connery's Scottish accent and a French accent would have been best for Richard (and any other nobles of the time, possibly including Robin), as "English" did not yet exist as a language and English nobles spoke Anglo-Norman, a dialect of Old French, while the common folk spoke Old-English, an Anglo-Frisian tongue that has more in common with Old Norse than with Modern English.