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The Fox and the Hound

The Fox and the Hound (1981)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 8

The Fox and the Hound is a likeable, charming, unassuming effort that manages to transcend its thin, predictable plot.

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 1

The Fox and the Hound is a likeable, charming, unassuming effort that manages to transcend its thin, predictable plot.



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The Disney animated feature The Fox and the Hound tells the story of a friendship between traditional enemies. Tod is a fox whose parents have died. His best friend is a hunting dog named Copper. As Copper grows up, he learns that it is his job to hunt foxes. Tod's caretaker Widow Tweed takes Tod to live in a game preserve where he falls madly in love with Vixey. Copper and his owner eventually enter the preserve to hunt Tod, and eventually Copper must decide between duty and friendship. ~ Perry


Animation, Kids & Family


May 2, 2000

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (8) | DVD (22)

Against all odds, a tear or two is effectively jerked, and there was enough skill on display to encourage some hope for the new generation of Disney animators, who made their debut here.

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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One of the more homely Disney animated features.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
Time Out
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The bottom line, I suppose, is: Will kids like this movie? And the answer is, sure, I think so.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a pretty, relentlessly cheery, old-fashioned sort of Disney cartoon feature, chock-full of bouncy songs of an upbeatness that is stickier than Krazy-Glue and played by animals more anthropomorphic than the humans that occasionally appear.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The Fox and the Hound is a flawed, but effective kids' flick.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

not one of the studio's best efforts, but nonetheless it remains a fascinating product of an era of upheaval as well as a meaningful statement about the nature of prejudice

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Comment (1)
Q Network Film Desk

A work of both learned, assured poise and triumphant freshman determination, not far away from other benchmark-status works like Snow White or Pixar's Toy Story.

August 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Sweet but a bit dull...Overall, the picture is good-hearted and colorful, with an ending that carries a nice touch of ambiguity about the tussle of nature and nurture. [Blu-ray]

August 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Cloying and cutesy, a helpless callback to a number of truly classic movies that it couldn't hope to equal, let alone better.

November 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

All charmingness aside, this cute but rather thinly plotted yarn exposes the cracks that were present in the pre-renaissance Disney empire.

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comments (5)
Empire Magazine

Wonderful entertainment for both kids and their parents.

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Importantly, the story relies on plot to carry it along and serves as a welcome reminder that audiences don't require a popular reference or in-joke every five minutes to sustain their interest.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Comment (1)
Eye for Film

It was a self-contained story that didn't try to change the world, and that was part of its charm.

January 28, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A southern gothic--and a damn good one at that

January 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comment (1)
Film Freak Central

...boasts an old-fashioned vibe that proves impossible to resist...

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (3)
Reel Film Reviews

Disney may have gone off the rails for a few years after The Fox and the Hound, but this one still feels like a classic. Or at very least, a mini-classic.

October 21, 2006 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

A wounded and unresolved movie free of the expected Disney cutesiness and complacency.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

...very sweet and no doubt a delight for children, but I found it quite slow and tedious.

October 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

Better than you might think.

January 1, 2005 Full Review Source:

Ainda que apresente algumas das falhas habituais das produções Disney dos anos 70, tem personagens carismáticos e marca a estréia de uma nova geração de animadores.

October 5, 2004
Cinema em Cena

The most charming of Disney features of the 1980s, with two appealing protagonists and a worthy story.

August 31, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Fox and the Hound

Everyone probably knows by now that I'm not a big Disney fan but I do like The Fox and the Hound very much on many different levels. With great voice work from the likes of Pearl Bailey, Mickey Rooney, Jack Albertson, John Fiedler and Paul Winchell it is very hard not to like and feel all nostalgic. It's like the cast of all the voices I grew up with.
November 11, 2013

Super Reviewer

An endearing and delightful 83 minute movie with lovable characters that will stick with you longer after the credits roll. It's a completely predictable storyline, but one made with the love and craft that only old school Disney can produce. Kids will absolutely love it, while adults will revel in the nostalgia and feel all warm inside.
September 16, 2011

Super Reviewer

what you've gt to do to come to a verdict is really to think about whether you think the fox and the hound will entertain kids, was it well drawn and was it heartmwarming? My verdict to all 3, yes.
August 15, 2011
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    1. Boomer: [after he and Dinky get shocked] HOLY...
    2. Dinky: ...SM-OKE! [cough]
    – Submitted by David E (20 months ago)
    1. Young Tod: Copper, you're my very best friend.
    2. Young Copper: And you're mine too, Tod.
    3. Young Tod: And we'll always be friends forever, won't we?
    4. Young Copper: Yeah, forever.
    – Submitted by Redwan A (22 months ago)
    1. Widow Tweed: Goodbye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end. But in my heart's the memory, and there you'll always be.
    – Submitted by Jenna L (23 months ago)
    1. Big Mama: If only the world wouldn't get in the way. If only people would just let you play. They say you're both being fools. You're breaking all the rules. They can't understand the magic of your wonderland. When you're the best of friends, sharing all that you discover. When these moments have past, will that friendship last? Who can say there's a way? Oh I hope, I hope it never ends, 'cause you're the best of friends.
    – Submitted by Jenna L (23 months ago)
    1. Big Mama: Darlin, forever is a long, long time, and time has a way of changing things.
    – Submitted by Anthony L (2 years ago)
    1. Tod: Copper, you're my very best friend.
    2. Copper: And you're mine too, Tod.
    – Submitted by Erin D (2 years ago)
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