The Fox And The Hound

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The Fox And The Hound

Starring: Voices by Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Keith Mitchell, Corey Feldman. (U)

Release date: 1981

2 out of 5


Widely considered to be one of Disney’s most lacklustre animated movies, this marked the last collaboration between the original Disney animators and the younger animators who would go on to make ground-breaking movies for the studio in the nineties, like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.
It’s the story of – as the title hints – a young fox cub named Tod and a puppy named Copper. They become friends, not knowing that when they are older, Copper will be a trained hunting dog and (gasp) Tod will be his prey. Despite that serious plot (which, rest assured, has a happy ending – it is Disney, after all), there are some very twee moments as the pair are growing up and frolicking about, and a sleep-inducing soundtrack of songs. Not one of the studio’s best, but a diversion, perhaps, for younger viewers who have seen all the good Disney animated movies already. 

Is The Fox And The Hound suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

Young children may be scared when a bear attacks hunter Amos.

If you like this, why not try: Alpha And Omega, The Lion King, Lilo And Stitch, One Hundred And One Dalmatians, Lady And The Tramp,