Part of the beauty of cartoons is that the most unlikely things can happen and we don't even bat an eyelash! Who would ever believe a friendship between a fox and a hound. Mortal enemies learning to trust one another. The message (isn't there always one in kid's films?) is very simple in that it preaches that friendship is what is most important. We are shown how to accept a person as they are and not how society has classified them. This is important for kids to know. That youthful innocence should not change as we get older and are influenced by a cynical world. The movie engages in an obvious ongoing tugging at your heartstrings, but you won't care. Kids and adults alike will find themselves shedding a few tears while watching this one. The ending does not ruin your good feelings about the film in that it does not go for the easy happy ending, but does not go in the complete opposite direction either. Like often in life there is not a real resolution in the film, rather an agreement to live with things the way they are. The film does not follow the traditional formula, but was still a hit with kids. A Disney film that has been underappreciated and I don't know why.
A fox named Tod (Keith Coogan – In the Army Now, Cousins) is adopted by a farm family led by the Widow Tweed (Jeanette Nolan – The Horse Whisperer, The Resuers). Quickly he becomes friends with a young hound named Copper (Corey Feldman – Maverick, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Life for the two best pals is carefree and full of fun adventures. They grow up together and then seperate as they get older. Things take a turn for the worse when Copper (Kurt Russel – Poseidon, Miracle) is expected to do what any adult hound on a farm would do: he is to be a hunting dog. This seems alright until he realizes that he will be hunting Tod (Mickey Rooney – Babe: Pig in the City, National Velvet). Will they ever be the friends they once were?
-Forest Friendship game
-DVD Storybook: New Best Friends
-Sing-A-Long song "The Best of Friends"
-Lambert bonus short
-Passing the Baton: The Making of "The Fox and the Hound"
-The Fox and the Hound art gallery