With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
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.
The last VHS in the "Walt Disney Classics" line. Starting with the video release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the home video releases were the "Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection". See more »
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 »
Amos Slade, you trigger-happy lunatic! Give me that gun!
[Tweed takes the gun, then shoots Amos' radiator]
My radiator! Why, you blasted female...
[pointing the gun at Amos]
Hold it, right there.
Watch it, that thing's loaded.
[Tweed shoots the gun in the air]
Now it ain't loaded.
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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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