The Fox and the Hound

Film, Family and kids

One of the more homely Disney animated features, neither hip like The Jungle Book nor (pardon the expression) trippy like Fantasia. We're back in that serene Disney woodland where bright flowers dot heavily shaded glades and snow plops off branches like ice-cream. Here female creatures bat long eyelashes and kindly old Widow Tweed lives in a cosy cabin. She domesticates Tod, an orphaned fox cub who plays happily with a puppy hound until they grow up (and Tod acquires Mickey Rooney's voice). 'Two friends who didn't know they were supposed to be enemies', runs the catch-line. But the moral aimed at the children is a very conservative one: duty to your kind must come before personal friendship, that's nature's way.

By: JS

Release details

Duration: 83 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Art Stevens, Ted Berman, Richard Rich
Screenwriter: Larry Clemmons, Peter Young, Steve Hulett, Dave Michener, Burny Mattinson, Earl Kress, Vance Gerry
Cast: Mickey Rooney
Kurt Russell
Pearl Bailey
Jack Albertson
Jeanette Nolan
Sandy Duncan
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This has to be one of the most shallow movie reviews I've seen in a while. It doesn't do justice to the complex emotional and moral dimensions within the fox and the hound.