The Fox and the Hound
The Fox and the Hound is a 1981 animated feature loosely based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July 10, 1981. The 24th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film tells the story of two unlikely friends, a red fox named Tod and a hound dog named Copper, who struggle to preserve their friendship despite their emerging instincts and the surrounding social pressures demanding them to be adversaries. The film is directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich and features the voices of Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Pearl Bailey, Pat Buttram, Sandy Duncan, Richard Bakalyan, Paul Winchell, Jack Albertson, Jeanette Nolan, John Fiedler, John McIntire, Keith Coogan, and Corey Feldman. At the time of release it was the most expensive animated film produced to date, costing $12 million.
Release Date: July 10, 1981
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“The Fox and the Hound” is one of those relatively rare Disney animated features that contains a useful lesson for its younger audiences. It's not just cute animals and frightening adventures and a happy ending; it's also a rather thoughtful meditation on how society determines our behavior.
Parents need to know that this animal tale develops into a thoughtful examination of friendship and includes some mature themes, especially loss. The movie opens with the (off-screen) shooting death of the fox's mother and he is later abandoned by his human caretaker in a forest to try to keep him safe. There's lots of hunting imagery -- snapping leg traps, pelts -- and a very trigger-happy character named Amos who, after awhile is so bent on catching the fox that he breaks into an animal preserve and tries traps and fire to catch him. The most intense scene involves a ferocious bear chase and a jump from a cliff. Families looking for something for younger viewers with the same cute characters and less violence should try The Fox and the Hound 2.
A story of trying to find friendship across cultural boundaries, this is mostly a bittersweet buddy story. The fox doesn't much enjoy the hound's owner's attempt to hunt him, and there's a bear attack near the end. Despite that bit of violence, it's appropriate for most kids and especially those that feel that friendships are precious and rare.July 14th, 2013 · Details
The question: Can two natural enemies have a lasting friendship that endures the test of time? No, no not really. But Disney would like to make you think its possible wit this film. Much like Bambi the message that Guns and hunting in general are evil are a prominent message. This is a solid PG-13 for intense animal violence. A scene involving the most gigantic Black bear you've ever seen, is particularly violent and intense.October 8th, 2011 · Details