Cute, anthropomorphic animals, old-fashioned American rural locales and alternating doses of sentimentality and scares firmly place The Fox and the Hound in the classic Disney mold. [13 July 1981, p.81]
The Fox and the Hound is one of those movies that I really love as a kid and a teenager I still loved it and Nathan had seen it as well. The scenes in it are funny with Dinky and Boomer and I when I was a kid Boomer sounds like Tigger and he even laughs like him. The chase scenes are a lot of fun and the bear scene, that whole is awesome. I used to watch it over and over when I was younger. It's creative and it's just got the climax. And much like The Jungle Book the opening credits, the opening credits is scary with no music. All they have here is forest noises that is until the female fox appears. This scares me when I was a kid. The scenes sometimes gets scary and sometimes gets quiet. The movie is really good much like Sleeping Beauty.
The Fox and the Hound is one of those relatively rare Disney animated features that contains a useful lesson for its younger audiences. It's not just cute animals and frightening adventures and a happy ending; it's also a rather thoughtful meditation on how society determines our behavior.
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.
One of the nicer things that can be said about The Fox and the Hound is that it breaks no new ground whatsoever. 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.
Quite simply one of the most underrated films ever released by Disney (if not the most underrated). With a simple and exciting story, "The Fox and the Hound" is not a faithful adaptation of the melancholic original novel that inspired it, but it is still not a fully optimistic film, knowing how to approach the conflicts between the main characters very well.
The humor, while not refined, is handled subtly, and can easily give way to drama without a sudden transition. However, a questionable point is in the appearances of the characters **** and Boomer. Although they are fun characters, sometimes they end up taking screen time that could be used in favor of the development of the story (although fortunately the film does not disappoint in the conduct of the plot).
I really like this movie. The only real drawback I have with it is that despite the lovely incidental music, the opening credits were a bit too long. Another drawback is that the adult animals aren't quite as compelling as the child animals in terms of written quality. Despite these qualms, this still an immensely charming and beautifully animated film. The animation is beautiful, full of rich and colourful backgrounds, that aren't quite as good as Lion King and Bambi, though the bear is a triumph of character animation. The songs are heartfelt, especially "Best of Friends", but they aren't showstoppers like the ones in Beauty and the Beast. I had no problem with the voice talents. Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Jeannette Nolan, Jack Albertson, (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)Pat Buttram and Paul Winchell bring their really cute characters to life in the equally charming story of ever-lasting friendship. I will say I found the ending when Copper saves Tod's life and vice versa very moving, as well as the scenes in the forest-Widow Tweed taking leave of Tod is a real tearjerker. It did actually show that friendship isn't always forever, which is true to some extent, but loyalty is. I have heard complaints about Boomer and his friends slowing the film down, but I honestly thought their antics were really funny, and actually added to the charm that the film already had. This was one of my favourites, and still moves me, but in conclusion to me now, it is a charming film that is vastly underrated. 8/10 Bethany Cox