My husband and I are still skipping our way through the 50 animated classics in order. The last one we watched was The Fox and The Hound. I remember being emotionally scarred from this movie as a kid. I couldn’t understand why Tod and Copper couldn’t be friends. I knew watching this film again would be sad, so I had been delaying this movie. The movie was still sad to me but not as traumatic as it was when I was little.
Fox and the Hound Movie Trivia
Here is some fun trivia about the movie from IMDb.
The name “Tod” is derived from the Middle English word “todde”, which means “fox”.
This film is loosely based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name. Almost every aspect from the novel was either changed or eliminated entirely. Todd had two vixens that he mates and has cubs with, all of whom are killed by the hunter, Todd intentionally kills The Chief by jumping out of the way of an oncoming train, Todd dies from exhaustion while being chased by Copper, the hunter was an old drunk and the novel ends with the hunter being sent to a retirement home and because dogs aren’t allowed he’s forced to shoot Copper. Wow! The novel sounds even more depressing than the story Disney created. I’m glad Disney decided to make t a bit happier of a film.
When John Lasseter was hired at the Walt Disney Animation Studio, his first job was to do the introduction of Copper. He also collaborated with Glen Keane on the climactic fight scene.
Have you seen the Fox and the Hound?