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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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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

This film was a major project for many newer Disney animators, such as Glen Keane, Mark Henn, Mike Gabriel, and Mark Dindal, who worked as in-betweeners on this movie during the '70s and '80s. See more »

Goofs

When Todd and the Black Bear fall down the waterfall, the bear gets killed but somehow Todd survives. It is possible that the Black Bear landed first and provided a soft landing for Todd. See more »

Quotes

Boomer: Oh, shucks! I think I bent my b-b-b-beak.
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Soundtracks

Best of Friends
(1981)
Music by Richard O. Johnston
Lyrics by Stan Fidel
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Good clean fun with a touch of heartache
8 September 1999 | by pmcollectorboySee all my reviews

This is my favorite Disney movie of all time. It is, in my opinion, one of their finest. Why do I think so? First, I like its realism. It is not some fantastic fairy tale, nor is it some good-against-evil-good-eventually-triumphs story. There are no heroes or villains in this story. This lack of good and evil made the story and the characters seem more alive than the ones you usually see.

I also like the message this movie gives. It is simple yet powerful. The two main characters wanted only the most innocent of things - friendship. Yet society couldn't allow this friendship to be. This movie tugs at your heart, and it doesn't stop tugging. And the realism didn't diminish any by the movie's close. The main characters' problems remained unresolved, yet each finished the movie in contentment. I feel that this lack of a "everything's okie-dokie again" finish like you see in traditional animated movies gave this story a powerful element.

If you're looking for songs your children can sing over and over again, you've come to the wrong movie. Each song is sung in a flavorful yet discreet manner. Little orchestration. Yet if you're looking for memorable characters, you've come to the right movie. Each character is very well developed, motivated by true emotions and the things that the everyday person wants - love, food, companionship. Each character is vibrantly drawn, and this vibrancy is matched by the character's personality. I saw a real person within the animal. Nobody is created in an idealistic image.

From realistic characters come a realistic story. Nothing felt written or hacked. Everything felt like it was supposed to happen. There was nothing outlandish about the entire story. And if you're looking for comedy, you'll find none. This is pure drama, yet it's drama that kids can easily understand. This movie had a story that seemed like it could've easily happened to the average person. This is a rare and endearing quality.

Basically, I loved this movie for what it had, a heart of gold, but also for what it lacked, a traditional formula. If you're looking for a story with a difference and a bittersweet flavor, this is the movie for you! It is nice, quiet, yet provocative and emotional. To sum it up, it is good clean fun with a touch of heartache, a true drama!


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