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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 ... (voice)
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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:

Cap und Capper See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,819,215, 25 March 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$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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Trivia

Tod is one of the few main protagonists whose film is a musical, but does not sing in it at all, following Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Basil of Baker Street, and Oliver. See more »

Goofs

Tod's collar disappears and reappears during the night hunt scene. See more »

Quotes

[Chief has a busted leg and is whimpering loudly]
Amos Slade: Chief, get back in there before I break your other leg.
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Soundtracks

Appreciate the Lady
(1981)
Music and Lyrics by Jim Stafford
Performed by Pearl Bailey (uncredited)
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One of the most heartwarming and bittersweet cartoons in years.
18 May 1999 | by andy-227See all my reviews

This is a film that both delighted me and deeply upset me, because it seemed so happy, and yet, so unfair at the same time. The two best friends, the "Fox and the Hound", meet again after they are fully grown adults, or, when they are old enough to face the fact that their friendship was never meant to be. That broke my heart, because it was such a beautiful friendship, unfairly tarnished by a cruel world. If only our world was a happy place, where races and cultures didn't matter, and if only we could recognize those characters as our friends, and not our enemies simply because of our ethnic differences. Years later, Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" brought up that same point with a vengeance. And, like "The Fox and the Hound", it shows how much that beautiful friendship between people won't last because of how society determines our friends and enemies. It makes no sense, and it's unfair. What's more, Tod, the fox, endures more than any other character in the film. Other characters, and especially the hunter, discriminated against him without thinking. And we the audience had to endure seeing him go through this misery, all because he was born a fox! It's insane! Sadly, it's true to life. And that is the main reason it was made for kids, to point out how wonderful a friendship is, and how ridiculous it is to tarnish it because of a racial or ethnic difference! And although this film runs on the standard Disney formula, with the songs, the comic relief, the love interest, and the villain, this film really touched me, because I wanted to see their friendship go on. And although it did go on in some form, there is always that feeling of "he doesn't belong" being uttered by many of the other characters. Why? Well, this film asks children and adults alike, that very question.


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