The Fox and the Hound (1981)

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 7/10

Nice story

Some so-so art, undeveloped characters

 
Movie Info

Movie Name: The Fox and the Hound

Studio: Walt Disney Productions

Genre(s): Animated/Musical/Family

Release Date(s): July 10, 1981

MPAA Rating: G

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I keep expecting Amos to just show up and blow Tod away

An orphaned fox is found by Big Mama (voiced by Pearl Bailey), Boomer (voiced by Paul Winchell), and Dinky (voiced by Dick Bakalyan) is led to the Widow Tweed (voiced by Jeannette Nolan). Named Tod (voiced by Keith Mitchell), the fox soon meets the hound puppy of Amos Slade (voiced by Jack Albertson). Tod and Copper (voiced by Corey Feldman) become fast friends and spend their days playing together. When winter comes, Amos, Copper, and Amos’ other dog Chief (voiced by Pat Buttram) head off for a hunting trip. As winter passes, Tod (now voiced by Mickey Rooney) gets older and finds Copper (now voiced by Kurt Russell) has come back as a hunting dog. When Chief is hurt chasing Tod, Copper vows to hunt down his best friend no matter what.

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I think I can take him! (Hounds aren’t always the brightest dogs)

Directed by Ted Berman, Richard Rich, and Art Stevens, The Fox and the Hound is the twenty-fourth movie in Walt Disney’s Animated Classic series. Preceded by The Rescuers in 1977, The Fox and the Hound was followed by The Black Cauldron in 1985.

The Fox and the Hound was the Disney movie when I was young so I have a certain soft spot for it. Both Copper and Tod are a bit undeveloped (it appears that they only met once or twice before becoming friends for life). That being said, it is possible for kids to become best friends after one or two meetings. The friendship however does feel genuine by the end when both Tod and Copper are willing to sacrifice each other for each other. The movie still gets to me, but when I was little I found it quite sad. I also find it pretty heartless how Tod is left in the woods since he was taught no life skills by the Widow Tweed…he can’t hunt or find shelter. I don’t care if she sings a sad song about how they had fun times together, that is why a wild animal is never a pet.

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The shocking director cut has Copper barking “He’s mine!” and then ripping out Tod’s throat right in front of Amos

The animation on The Fox and the Hound is so-so. A new Blu-Ray transfer has cleared it up and brought out the colors, but the style of animation used (similar to The Jungle Book, but a little more advanced) isn’t my favorite Disney animation. The characters are very typical of the time and almost generic in that sense though I do love the animation on the bear sequence.

The Fox and the Hound might have problems, but since it was popular when I was young, I can forgive it. I had a ton of merchandise and was a huge fan…though I never got to see it in the theater. The Disney wheels of promotion however were already greased at this point…you didn’t need to see the movie to like it…you had the books, records, etc. The Fox and the Hound is better than some of the Disney movies around that time, but it is still is a flawed, entertaining film.  The Fox and the Hound was followed by The Fox and the Hound 2 in 2006.

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