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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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Daniel P. Mannix (based on the book by), Larry Clemmons (story) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 'Squeeks' the Caterpillar ... (credit only)
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Storyline

When an adopted fox and a to-be hunting hound become inseparable friends as pups, their friendship grows stronger every day in their "childhood." But as they grow older, they grow farther and farther apart, to the day when the two old comrades' bond is put to the ultimate test.

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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Disney [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fox and the Hound See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,819,215, 27 March 1988

Gross USA:

$63,456,988

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,456,988
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Bear's snarl is the same snarl as Shere Khan the tiger from The Jungle Book (1967) and Brutus and Nero the crocodiles from The Rescuers (1977). See more »

Goofs

When Amos takes the dogs to go hunting, he unties them from their barrels. But, as they pull away and we see Big Momma land by the barrels, the ropes that are supposed to be tied to them are gone. See more »

Quotes

Young Tod: Oh, Big Mama, I know Copper would never track on me down. Why, Copper, he's my very best friend.
Big Mama: Ho-ho, your best friend! Now Copper's gonna do what he's been told. Supposed to chase the little fox in the old fox hole. And along comes the hunter with a buckshot load.
Boomer: [pretending to shoot a gun] K-K-Kabaam!
[Dinky pretends to get shot and falls off the tree]
Big Mama: Elimination.
Dinky: [lying on the ground] Lack of education.
Big Mama: You better believe it, Tod, yes siree.
Young Tod: You mean Copper is gonna be my enemy?
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: The Lion King (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Appreciate the Lady
(1981)
Music and Lyrics by Jim Stafford
Performed by Pearl Bailey (uncredited)
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One of the most, if not only, adult Disney movie
28 October 2007 | by JechtSee all my reviews

Looking back as child having watched this film, it never struck me for anything more than fuzzy/singing/talking animals that pandered to all my childish wants and needs. After all, that's why you watched Disney movies as a kid, right? It's just what you did in your childhood.

Now, watching it again, about to embark on adulthood and all that it entails, it really moved me. How Todd and Copper, a young fox and a hound were the best of friends. Todd having been taken in by a kindly old women and nursed backed to health while right next door, Copper, owned by a mean and bitter old hunter, is being groomed as hunting dog.

Yet, like children, they don't judge. They don't know about the differences between each other and they don't care. They just want to play hide and seek. It is when they grow older that they realize that it was never meant to be. How sometimes societal rules can stamp out the most innocent of ventures. Much like becoming an adult, reality sets in. Life is unfair.

It's a truly beautiful movie, for it's simplistic yet universal message and unlike the vast library of previous Disney inventions, as stated before, it lacks the happy ending. The proverbial feel good formula that is the frame work for all Disney movies. It's because of it's bittersweet delivery and surprising realism, that it's become a lifeline to my childhood that I will carry with me for as long as I live.


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