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The Fox and the Hound (1981)

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Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies.

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Complete credited cast:
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Tod (voice)
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Copper (voice)
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Big Mama (voice)
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Amos Slade (voice)
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Vixey (voice)
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Widow Tweed (voice)
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Chief (voice)
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Porcupine (voice)
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Badger (voice)
Richard Bakalyan ...
Dinky (voice) (as Dick Bakalyan)
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Boomer (voice)
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Young Tod (voice) (as Keith Mitchell)
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Young Copper (voice)
'Squeeks' the Caterpillar ...
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Storyline

A young fox named Tod is taken in by an old woman after his mother is killed by a hunter. Full of mischief, Young Tod befriends Copper, a hound dog pup. As they grow up, however, their friendship becomes endangered by what they have become; Copper is a hunting dog, and Tod is his prey. Written by Amy L. Plack <trek@wpi.edu>

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dog | fox | friendship | animal | hunting | See more »

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Two friends that didn't know they were supposed to be enemies.


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Release Date:

10 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$29,800,000 (USA)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)| (35mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Co-director Art Stevens served as the live-action model for Amos Slade. See more »

Goofs

During the part where Vixey shows Tod the forest, Tod's lips don't move when he asks her "Six what?" See more »

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Young Copper: If you give me a headstart I can beat you.
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And "Squeeks" the caterpillar. See more »


Soundtracks

Goodbye May Seem Forever
(1981)
Music by Richard Rich
Lyrics by Jeffrey C. Patch
Performed by Jeanette Nolan (uncredited) and Chorus
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This movie has been consistently underrated, if not downright forgotten.
17 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yet it is BY FAR one of the better movies Disney has put out. It's darker than most Disney movies, but has a lot of heart to it. This was probably somewhat of a crossroads for Disney studios. The last of the old animators left with this underrated gem. What I like about it is that the story relies on plot to carry it along and serves as a welcome reminder that audiences don't require some lame pop reference or in-joke every five minutes to sustain their interest.

Before Pixar told us all that "you've got a friend in me" in that vexatious voice, Disney had a pair of critters that taught us how to be the best of friends... until you grow up and try to kill each other.

Truth be told, it wasn't taboo for animated movies to break your heart before the flicks went ridiculously PC, almost vindictively, to teach a lesson. There were movies with the heaps of torment aimed at a baby, and a child losing its parent. These films weren't sugar-coated, even if they had their moments of ridiculous cuteness that could keep viewers with the feature. The Fox and the Hound is one of those movies that looks all cute and warm, but turns around and GRABS your heart, rips it out of your chest, and stomps rancorously as you're left suffering. It may seem cute to the point of cliché or pandering, but lessons are taught, and most definitely learned, by the the struggles portrayed on screen. The reality of friendship is a tough thing for kids to understand until they've lost friends and look back on life.

The Fox and the Hound is by no means preachy. The message is underneath the surface, no matter what interpretation one has of the meaning behind the film. There is a story for children, to learn about nature, to stare at the adorably cute animals and witness their trials. And there's one for adults, who will remember friendships that got cast aside along the way, about the tragic ironies in life, about people stuck in their ways to their own disadvantage, about bogged down into status quo, be it right or wrong.

The story is a trembling, sensitive tale about the realities of life, of friendship, of the way things are, and how we wish it to be. Here, life is not so beautiful, and things do not always have a happy ending--but we are compelled to strive for the best in the end.

Characters are unexpectedly sensitive and believable-- Widow Tweed, whose loneliness is tenderly portrayed... Amos Slade, a gruff hunter whose hardened heart is touched by his dogs (his only companions)... ...and of course, the brilliant anthropomorphic cast: Tod, the fox who grows up in innocence believing in a friendship that could last forever-- Copper, the hound dog who realizes that life cannot be as simple as he wishes.

What results of such work is a film that is both enjoyable to children and adults.


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