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The Fox and the Hound (1981)

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A little fox named Tod, and Copper, a hound puppy, vow to be best buddies forever. But as Copper grows into a hunting dog, their unlikely friendship faces the ultimate test.


Daniel P. Mannix (based on the book by), Larry Clemmons (story) | 7 more credits »
3,944 ( 484)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





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 ... Self (credit only)


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 »


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Did You Know?


Jackie Cooper was considered for the voice of the adult Copper. See more »


When Widow Tweed stops her car after Amos Slade shoots holes in 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: Tod, that Copper is going to come back a hunting dog, a real killer.
Young Tod: Oh no, not my friend Copper. He won't ever change.
Big Mama: I hope you're right.
Young Tod: And we'll keep on being friends forever. Right, Big Mama?
Big Mama: Darling, forever is a long, long time, and time has a way of changing things.
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Crazy Credits

And "Squeeks" the caterpillar. See more »


Best of Friends
Music by Richard O. Johnston
Lyrics by Stan Fidel
Performed by Pearl Bailey (uncredited)
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Disney Animated Neorealism?
25 October 2006 | by SpaceMonkey-MafiosoSee all my reviews

Okay, so placing The Fox and the Hound into the same category as The Bicycle Thief may be a stretch, but there is something about this movie that sets it apart from all other Disney animated films. Fox, along with Bambi and Lady and the Tramp, are the only Disney animated films that portray a reality without fairy dust, animals wearing clothes or lions that have formed alliances with hyenas to overthrow an animalistic royal lineage. True- the animals do talk and occasionally sing, but for the most part, they do stay true to the nature of their existence. But, Bambi, with its characters reacting against and to nature, borders on being an animated nature documentary (if such a thing is possible.) And, Lady and the Tramp has far too cheery of a Hollywood ending to be accepted as neorealism. Which leaves Fox and the Hound: the tale of young pup Copper and fox Tod who become childhood friends and are then forced to turn on each other by the demands of society. Not exactly your standard Disney fare. And, most importantly, it has a true, realistic, bittersweet ending. It's only been attempted once by Disney and probably never again. Which is a shame because Fox and the Hound has some of the most sincere and heartbreaking moments ever brought to animation. It isn't a perfect film, but its intentions are honorable and that makes The Fox and the Hound a true animated classic.

**Note- the current 25th Anniversary DVD does not do justice to this film. It is not presented in the correct aspect ratio. The image has been cleaned to a degree, but there is too much digitization. Considering the significance of Fox and the Hound in the history of Disney animation, it deserves a two disc, widescreen DVD release.

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Release Date:

10 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,819,215, 27 March 1988

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)| Dolby (1988/1994/1995/1996 Re-Release)| Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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