Alan-A-Dale is a character from Disney's 1973 feature film Robin Hood.His name is only stated once throughout the film, and the character is formally credited as "The Rooster".
Alan-A-Dale is based off the minstrel of the same name from various Robin Hood legends and is depicted as a rooster. Alan-a-Dale only states his name at the beginning of the film, where he also introduces himself as a minstrel. He functions as the film's narrator, using songs to tell the story. He is always seen with his mandolin. Alan's comb on his head appears also with 4 or 5 points on his comb during in the movie.
Alan-A-Dale first appears in the film's opening, where he introduces himself and them begins telling the story of Robin Hood, starting from when Robin Hood and Little John are escaping from The Sheriff of Nottingham and his posse, during the song sequence Oo-De-Lally.
Alan-A-Dale next appears as a viewer of Prince John's archery tournament. Together with Friar Tuck he shoots down Sir Hiss, by using his mandolin together with an arrow to form a makeshift bow. The two then trap Sir Hiss in a barrel of ale.
The rooster's next major appearance is in the town jail, where he informs the viewers of Prince John's orders to: increase the taxes and imprison any townspeople who cannot pay. He then reveals that he has been imprisoned as well, and performs the song, Not In Nottingham, which tells of the people's despair.
Alan-a-Dale's final appearance is at the end of the film, where he reveals that King Richard has returned and set everything right. He hears the church bells and rushes to the church, where it is revealed that Robin Hood and Maid Marian have wed.