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Daniel P. Mannix (based on the book by)
Larry Clemmons (story) ...
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Release Date:
10 July 1981 (USA) See more »
Two friends that didn't know they were supposed to be enemies.
Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mickey Rooney ... Tod (voice)

Kurt Russell ... Copper (voice)

Pearl Bailey ... Big Mama (voice)

Jack Albertson ... Amos Slade (voice)

Sandy Duncan ... Vixey (voice)

Jeanette Nolan ... Widow Tweed (voice)

Pat Buttram ... Chief (voice)

John Fiedler ... Porcupine (voice)

John McIntire ... Badger (voice)
Richard Bakalyan ... Dinky (voice) (as Dick Bakalyan)

Paul Winchell ... Boomer (voice)

Keith Coogan ... Young Tod (voice) (as Keith Mitchell)

Corey Feldman ... Young Copper (voice)
'Squeeks' the Caterpillar ... (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Candy Candido ... Bear (growling) (voice) (uncredited)
Brian Harvey ... Chorus (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ... Bear (snarling) (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ted Berman 
Richard Rich 
Art Stevens 
Writing credits
Daniel P. Mannix (based on the book by)

Larry Clemmons (story) &
Ted Berman (story) &
David Michener (story) &
Peter Young (story) &
Burny Mattinson (story) &
Steve Hulett (story) &
Earl Kress (story) &
Vance Gerry (story)

Produced by
Ron Miller .... executive producer
Wolfgang Reitherman .... co-producer
Art Stevens .... co-producer
Original Music by
Buddy Baker (musical score composed by)
Film Editing by
James Koford  (as Jim Koford)
James Melton 
Art Direction by
Don Griffith 
Production Management
Don A. Duckwall .... production manager
Edward Hansen .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Hahn .... assistant director
Mark A. Hester .... assistant director
Terry L. Noss .... assistant director
Sound Department
Tomas Krantz .... adr editor (Swedish version)
Herb Taylor .... sound
Wayne Allwine .... sound editor (uncredited)
Robert Hathaway .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Frank Regula .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bill Kilduff .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Phil Meador .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Ron Osenbaugh .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jack Boyd .... effects animator
Ted Kierscey .... effects animator
Don Paul .... effects animator (as Don C. Paul)
Mark Dindal .... effects animator (uncredited)
John Emerson .... airbrush artist (uncredited)
Tom Hush .... effects inbetween artist (uncredited)
Diann Landau .... effects inbetween artist (uncredited)
Dorse A. Lanpher .... effects animator (uncredited)
Patricia Peraza .... effects assistant animator (uncredited)
Kathleen Quaife-Hodge .... effects inbetween artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Anderson .... animation camera supervisor (uncredited)
Joe Jiuliano .... animation camera (uncredited)
Brian LeGrady .... animation camera (uncredited)
Rob Maine .... animation camera (uncredited)
Peter McEvoy .... animation camera (uncredited)
Chuck Warren .... animation camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
Daniela Bielecka .... background painter
David Block .... character animator
Chris Buck .... character animator
Hendel Butoy .... character animator (as Hendel S. Butoy)
Randy Cartwright .... supervising animator
Michael Cedeno .... character animator
Ron Clements .... supervising animator
Jim Coleman .... color stylist
Leroy Cross .... coordinating animator
Tom Ferriter .... key assistant animator
Ed Gombert .... character animator
Joe Hale .... layout artist
Dan Hansen .... layout artist
Chuck Harvey .... character animator
Ron Husband .... character animator
Ollie Johnston .... supervising animator
Glen Keane .... supervising animator
Dick N. Lucas .... character animator
Sylvia Mattinson .... key assistant animator
John Musker .... character animator
Phil Nibbelink .... character animator
Cliff Nordberg .... supervising animator
Dale Oliver .... character animator
Michael Peraza Jr. .... layout artist
Jerry Rees .... character animator
Sylvia Roemer .... layout artist
Brian Sebern .... background painter
Walt Stanchfield .... coordinating animator
Dave Suding .... coordinating animator
Kathleen Swain .... background painter
Frank Thomas .... supervising animator
Michelle Urbano .... cel painter
Darrell Van Citters .... character animator
Jeffrey James Varab .... character animator (as Jeffrey J. Varab)
Guy Vasilovich .... layout artist
Glenn V. Vilppu .... layout artist
Chuck Williams .... coordinating animator
Phillip Young .... character animator
Brad Bird .... animator (uncredited)
Don Bluth .... animator (uncredited)
Sandra Borgmeyer .... breakdown artist (uncredited)
Kristine Brown .... xerox checker/inker (uncredited)
Janet Bruce .... cel painter (uncredited)
Ben Burgess .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Tim Burton .... animator (uncredited)
Reed Cardwell .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Daryl Carstensen .... cel painter (uncredited)
Lorna Cook .... animator (uncredited)
Retta Davidson .... assistant animator (uncredited)
John Eddings .... xerographer (uncredited)
Becky Fallberg .... ink and paint manager (uncredited)
Will Finn .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Mike Gabriel .... animator (uncredited)
Andy Gaskill .... animator (uncredited)
Gary Goldman .... animator (uncredited)
Leslie Gorin .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Heidi Guedel .... animator (uncredited)
Ray Harris .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Dan Haskett .... animator (uncredited)
Mark Henn .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Glenn M. Higa .... xerographer (uncredited)
Jay Jackson .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Emily Jiuliano .... animator (uncredited)
Skip Jones .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Sarah-Jane King .... cel painter (uncredited)
Tia W. Kratter .... background artist (uncredited)
Bill Kroyer .... animator (uncredited)
Susan Kroyer .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Dan Kuenster .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Joe Lanzisero .... breakdown artist (uncredited)
Eric Larson .... animation consultant (uncredited)
John Lasseter .... animator (uncredited)
Larry Leker .... assistant layout artist (uncredited)
Gretchen Maschmeyer Albrecht .... cel painter (uncredited)
Fujiko Miller .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Linda Miller .... animator (uncredited)
David Molina .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Madlyn O'Neill .... painter (uncredited)
Carmen Oliver .... cel painter (uncredited)
Dave Pacheco .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Vera Pacheco .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Gilda Palinginis .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Robin Police .... painter (uncredited)
John Pomeroy .... animator (uncredited)
Ruben Procopio .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Harry Sabin .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Henry Selick .... animator (uncredited)
Dave Smith .... painter (uncredited)
Dave Spafford .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Rusty Stoll .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Tad Stones .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Brigitte Strother .... painter (uncredited)
Olga Tarin-Craig .... cel painter (uncredited)
Donald Towns .... background artist (uncredited)
Sally Voorheis .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Cyndee Whitney .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Kevin Wurzer .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Buddy Baker .... conducted by: musical score
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Walter Sheets .... orchestration
Jack Wadsworth .... music editor
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
John Richards .... music recordist (uncredited)
Other crew
Mel Shaw .... creative assistant to the producers (as Melvin Shaw)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
83 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

John McIntire and his wife Jeanette Nolan, much like The Rescuers (1977) both voiced characters in the film. McIntire voiced the Grumpy Badger that Tod mets when dropped off in the Forest, whilst Nolan voiced Tod's Human Caretaker Widow Tweed.See more »
Continuity: When Widow Tweed stops her car after Amos Slade shoots holes on her milk canisters, there is a puddle of spilt milk behind the car. When Amos stops his car, the puddle is gone.See more »
Big Mama:Listen good, Tod, 'cause it's either education or elimination.See more »
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Goodbye May Seem ForeverSee more »


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31 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
The best Disney Animated feature of its generation, 31 August 2004
Author: Lupercali from Tasmania

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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