The Fox and the Hound (1981)

G   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Drama


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Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies.


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  • Mickey Rooney and Pearl Bailey in The Fox and the Hound (1981)
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11 February 2004 | Smells_Like_Cheese
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The Fox and the Hound, one of Disney's forgotten treasures, I honestly don't know why this movie is more noticed by people. This is one of my favorite animated movies of all time, it's innocent, it's simple, it's lovely, and just a wonderful tale about the most unlikely pair becoming the best of friends. The Fox and the Hound, yeah, it does go a little overboard on the cuteness factor with baby Tod and baby Copper, but this is when Disney really did mean well and came up with such a sweet and wonderful story that is classic.

After a young red fox is orphaned, he is adopted the Widow Tweed, she names him Tod. Meanwhile, Tweed's neighbor, a hunter named Amos Slade, brings home a young hound puppy named Copper and introduces him to his hunting dog Chief. Tod and Copper become playmates, and vow to remain "friends forever." Slade grows frustrated at Copper for constantly wandering off to play, and places him on a leash. While playing with Copper at his home, Tod awakens Chief. Slade and Chief chase him until they are stopped by Tweed. After an argument, Slade says that he intends to kill Tod at his first opportunity. Hunting season comes and Slade takes his dogs into the wilderness for the interim. Meanwhile, Big Mama explains to Tod that his friendship with Copper cannot continue, as they are natural enemies, but Tod refuses to believe her. Months pass, and Tod and Copper reach adulthood. On the night of Copper's return, Tod sneaks over to meet him. Copper explains that he is a hunting dog now and things are now going to be different between them.

The Fox and the Hound is such a great movie, honestly if you don't like this film, I don't know what's wrong with you, but you need to get something checked because everything about this film is just wonderful. The songs, animation and characters are just lovely. Plus there are some fun jokes, I loved seeing Chief constantly chasing after Tod and then Slade runs over to Tweed's house to scream about the fox but she just kicks his butt and tells him to get off her property. This is such a great movie, I highly recommend you see it if you get the chance.

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Keith Coogan, who stars in this movie, is the son of Jackie Coogan. Jackie Coogan played Uncle Fester on the Adams Family. Coogan was a famous child actor, who starred in Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid' among other things; and grew up to be Uncle Fester on "The Adams Family", which was his claim to fame. Jackie Coogan is also the father of child actor Keith Coogan; who starred in The Fox and the Hound; Adventures in Babysitting and other movies. Jackie Coogan spent his childhood working in films; and when he was an adult he asked his parents for a portion of his earnings; but his parents refused. The following article describes what happens next."Four years later, in 1938, Coogan asked his mother (who had remarried Arthur Bernstein, Coogan's former business manager) for his portion of his movie earnings. When she refused to hand them over he sued her and his stepfather, claiming he had only received $6 a week until he was 21, when he was 'gifted' an additional $1,000, but despite his Coogan was only awarded $250, 000 (after legal fees) of the $400, 000 he believed he was owed. According to Life magazine Jackie's mother said, 'no promises were ever made to give Jackie anything...every dollar a kid earns before he is 21 belongs to his parents.'" The mother's blunt quote about how she was using her son quote become a symbol associated with child exploitation. As a result of this Coogan and some lawmakers got together and passed the Jackie Coogan Law; which covers child actors in Hollywood against exploitation. "The California Child Actor's Bill (also known as Coogan Act or Coogan Bill) is a law applicable to child performers, designed to safeguard a portion of their earnings for when they enter adulthood. The original Bill was passed in 1939 by the State of California in response to the plight of Jackie Coogan, who earned millions of dollars as a successful child actor only to discover, upon reaching adulthood, that his mother and stepfather had spent almost all of his money. Since then, it has been revised a few times, most recently on January 1, 2004. As it stands, money earned and accumulated under a contract under the code remains the sole legal property of the minor child." This would be useful to actors like Corey Feldman and Keith Coogan who were starring in Fox and Hound after Coogan's Law was enacted.


Quotes

Young Tod: His ears are almost as big as yours.
Young Copper: That's not the part you gotta worry about.
Young Tod: Gosh, look at those teeth.
Young Copper: That's the part you gotta worry about!


Goofs

Shortly after the night hunt. Big Mama is seen sleeping with Dinky and Boomer. Owls are nocturnal meaning they stay up at night and sleep during the day.


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(1981)
Music and Lyrics by
Jim Stafford
Performed by Pearl Bailey (uncredited)

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Animation | Adventure | Drama | Family

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