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U
Cast
Mickey Rooney
Kurt Russell
Sandy Duncan.
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Richard Rich
Ted Berman.
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Vance Gerry
Earl Kress
Burny Mattinson
David Michener
Peter Young.
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The Fox And The Hound


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Following Snow White, 101 Dalmatians and The Aristocats, Disney must by now be running out of animated classics to re-release. So this summer we have the 1981 effort that was their final spirited flourish until The Little Mermaid put them back on course. And all charmingness aside, this cute but rather thinly plotted yarn exposes the cracks that were present in the pre-renaissance Disney empire.


It starts off promisingly enough: Tod, a fox cub with the obligatory big-eyed, soft-furred cuteness is abandoned by his mother while being pursued by hunters, rescued by wise old owl Big Mama, adopted by a little old lady and finally befriended by Copper, a playful puppy with adorably droopy eyelids. For a while things are fine and dandy, until Copper goes away for the winter and returns older, wiser, and the best fox-hunter in the business, a situation which puts his lifelong buddydom with the now post-pubescent Tod to the test.


And it's here that the movie falters. While the backgrounds and animation are wonderful, the film suffers from an intensely depressing middle section, full of heart-stopping chases, damaged friendships and forgettable songs more likely to invoke fidgets than sniffles among the younger contingent in the audience. It takes Tod's transformation into a misty-eyed lovepup, and a rousing final€ as good as any in Disney's recent efforts to steer things back on track.


As one of the studio's more modern efforts, this is head and shoulders above the 1988 clinker Oliver And Company but still pales in comparison next to 101 Dalmatians. As a school holiday diversion, however, it should keep things ticking over nicely until Pocahontas lands on these shores.




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The Cute and the Dark

Disney were going through a troubled period when they made this animated feature (Don Bluth had just walked out with half the animators to set up a rival studio, while the renaissance brought about by “The Little Mermaid” was still 8 years away). Truth is, while this is still a beautifully made film, and a vision to behold, it’s very unsure of itself. The story is a very dark one as evidenced by its bleak, nearly silent opening, and while the titular characters get up to all th... More

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Posted by RJNeb2 at 10:40, 07 June 2014 | Report This Post


I do miss that cute period that Disney went through with Robin Hood, The Rescuers, The Aristocats etc. because thanks to the Disney videos in the 90s I grew up with these films, and then saw the 'renaissance' classics like Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast later on. I agree totally with the plot problems. Reading the original Daniel P. Mannix book I could see how this would have been difficult for Disney to translate into film, although I think they just took the name- the plot is more akin t... More

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Posted by bedraggledfox at 11:07, 23 October 2011 | Report This Post


One of the best

One of the best of Disney's film - shame it doesn't have the hype that the modern rubbish disney comes out with nowadays! Disney has no soulful stories to tell anymore.... ... More

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Posted by Pipkin3 at 18:06, 13 May 2008 | Report This Post


Underrated!

Underrated if you ask me! I believe it's one of the most beautiful disney stories ever. 'The Fox and the Hound' is number 3 after 'Pinocchio' and 'The Jungle Book'. ... More

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Posted by Max Rockatansky at 23:49, 24 February 2008 | Report This Post


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