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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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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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Young Tod (voice) (as Keith Mitchell)
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Young Copper (voice)
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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 | old woman | hunter | 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:

El Zorro y el sabueso  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$29,800,000 (USA)
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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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After we first see Big Mamma come out of her tree, we see a fox running towards a fence. Behind it on a clothesline, you can see a pair of blue pants hanging. In the next shot it is a blue sheet. See more »

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Young Copper: If you give me a headstart I can beat you.
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The best Disney Animated feature of its generation
31 August 2004 | by (Tasmania) – See all my reviews

Halfway through production, Don Bluth mutinees, taking most of Disney's best animators with him. Another bunch resign. One dies. Drawings are stolen. Production is delayed endlessly. You would think that if ever a Disney feature were destined for disaster, this was it. Instead, 'Fox and the Hound' is probably the best Disney animated feature of its generation. You could clear a space about 10 years either side of it before you ran into something that gave it serious competition.

We start with an orphaned fox kit - pardon me as my jaw doesn't drop in amazement. There have been, what - TWO Disney films where both parents survive? And, well, he is adopted by an elderly widow named Tweed, he develops a friendship with a hunting dog owned by Widow Tweed's crochety neighbor, and he starts to grow up, and life suddenly becomes very difficult, dangerous, and emotionally complicated.

I won't give it away, in case you haven't seen it, but for my money this movie has close to the saddest, most desolate, tear-jerking scene in any Disney film I can think of. But don't worry, it bounces back well and truly. This is a long way from being a morose film. In fact it's an excellent balance of drama, action, pathos and humour. My only minor complaint is that there are a couple of comic sidekicks in this movie that are pretty annoying and contribute just about nothing to the story.

Coming after 'The Rescuers', 'The Fox and the Hound' might have been the start of a Disney resurrection, but perhaps Bluth's departure really was a body blow. As it is, 'Fox and the Hound' is a moment of beauty and brilliance in the otherwise pretty murky first 20 or so years after Walt's death.

Although it didn't cause much of a stir at the time, it has developed a deserved base of loyal fans in the twenty-three years since it was made.

The film tackles themes of conflicting loyalties, friendship, love, identity, and somehow does it with a minimum of schmaltz and a maximum of heart. It's one of Disney's best, and you owe it to yourself to see it.

9 out of 10

Historical Note: Mickey Rooney plays the adult Tod, the fox in 'Fox and the Hound'. According to Rooney's 1991 autobiography, when he was 5 years old he wandered into an office at Warner during breaks between shooting in one of his child-star films, and introduced himself to a bloke who turned out to be Walt Disney, and who was in the process of drawing a new mouse character, who he decided on the spot to name after Mickey. It just tops it off nicely, doesn't it?


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