About The Fox & the Hound

The Fox and the Hound is a 1981 animated film. It is loosely based on the novel by Daniel P. Mannix, of the same name. The film was produced by Walt Disney productions and is the 24th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

The film is directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich, featuring the voices of Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Pearl Bailey, Pat Buttram, and Sandy Duncan to name a few. When it was released it was the most expensive animation film produced, at 12 million dollars.

Plot summary (may contain spoilers)

A red fox is orphaned after his mother is shot and killed by hunters. Big Mama, an owl, along with Boomer the woodpecker and Dinky the finch, arrange for him to be adopted by Widow Tweed, who lives nearby. She names the fox Tod. Her neighbour Amos Slade brings home a coonhound named Copper, and he is guarded by Slade’s hunting dog, Chief.

One day, Tod cannot find someone to play with and wanders off chasing a butterfly. Copper smells something strange and wanders off until he bumps into Tod. They become fast friends and vow to stay friends forever. Slade soon discovers that Copper has wandered off and is not pleased, so he ties him onto a leash. Tod approaches Copper but wakes up Chief and Slade, who chase after him.

Widow Tweed finds out about this and has an argument with Slade, who threatens to shoot Tod if he comes by again. When hunting season comes and Slade leaves with his two dogs, Big Mama explains to Tod that as a fox and a dog, they were meant to be enemies. Tod doesn’t believe her.

Copper has grown up into a hunting dog and Tod into a hunting fox. As their paths meet again, their friendship becomes endangered.

—derived from Wikipedia