The Fox and the Hound

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The Fox and the Hound is a 1981 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions, first released to movie theatres in the United States on July 10, 1981. The twenty-fourth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, the film is loosely based on the Daniel P. Mannix 1967 novel of the same name. The book had a more realistic story. It dealt with the quest of a hunter and his dog Copper to shoot Tod after he killed the hunter's new dog Chief. The novel was mainly about Tod's life in the woods. While he was raised by humans he was not childhood friends with Copper and none of the animals spoke. The story was changed to make it more suitable for a family film; instead of a story about the life and death of a fox, it became a parable about how society determines our roles despite our better impulses.[1] The film centers around the story of two unlikely friends, a hound dog and a fox, who struggle to preserve their friendship despite their emerging instincts. At the time of release it was the most expensive animated film produced to date, costing $12 million.[2] A direct-to-video midquel, The Fox and the Hound 2, was released on December 12, 2006.


Widow Tweed: Amos Slade, you trigger-happy lunatic! Give me that gun!
[Tweed takes the gun, then shoots something on Amos' car...]
Amos Slade: My radiator! Why, you blasted female. I'll--
Widow Tweed: [aims the gun at Amos] Hold it, right there!
Amos Slade: [nervous] Watch it! That thing's loaded.
[Tweed shoots the gun in the air]
Widow Tweed: Now it ain't loaded.
[Tweed tosses the now-useless gun back at Amos]
Amos Slade: Dagnabbit, woman, your thievin' fox was after my chickens!
Widow Tweed: Rubbish and poppycock! I don't believe it. He wouldn't hurt a thing.
Amos Slade: You callin' me a liar, you muddle-headed female?! I saw it happen!
Widow Tweed: Amos Slade, that temper of yours is going to get you into a lot of trouble someday.
Amos Slade: [turns red in the face] Temper? Temper?! Woman, you ain't seen my temper! If I ever catch that fox on my property again, I'll blast him! And next time I won't miss!

[While chasing Squeeks, Boomer accidentally pecks off the branch he's standing on and has a nasty fall]
Young Tod: What happened to you? Golly!
Boomer: Aw, shucks! I think I bent my b-b-b-b-beak.
Dinky: [to Boomer] Now see what you've done! You lost us our breakfast!
Boomer: I lost us our breakfast? It was your fault!
[An argument begins]

[Dinky and Boomer watch Squeeks through Tweed's keyhole]
Dinky: Look at that little creep. Warm and cosy by the fire.
Boomer: Let me take a look. How do you like that guy? S-s-s-snug as a b-b-bug! While we're out here f-f-freezin' our b-b-b-b-beaks off!
Dinky: Yeah. Well, yakkin' and shiverin' ain't getting us anywhere. We'll get that no-good worm when we come back! [flies away]
Boomer: [follows Dinky] Oh, sh-sh-sh-sh-shucks!

Young Tod: I'm a fox. My name's Tod. What's your name, kid?
Young Copper: My name's Copper. I'm a hound dog!

[Tod goes into Chief's barrel to watch him sleeping]
Young Copper: Get outta there! He can get awful mean!
Young Tod: [smirks] His ears ain't as big as yours, Copper.
Young Copper: That's not the part you have to worry about...
Young Tod: Woah. Look at those teeth...
Young Copper: That's the part you gotta worry about!

Young Tod: Copper, you're my very best friend.
Young Copper: And you're mine too, Tod.
Young Tod: And we'll always be friends forever. Won't we?
Young Copper: Yeah, forever.

[Note: This dialogue is repeated as a voice-over at the end of the movie]

[After breaking his leg, Chief whines and leaves his designated room, trying to get sympathy]
Amos Slade: Chief, get back in there before I break your other leg.

[Tod tries to catch a fish]
Vixey: Tod, do you need help?
Tod: No, I knew this way, all the...all the time! [falls into the water, then ends up catching a stick] I got him!
Boomer: [laughs] Oh, that farm boy! He knew nothing about fishin'!
[all laugh hysterically]

(Big Mama explains to Tod that Copper will come back a fully trained hunting dog)
Tod: Oh, no. Not my friend Copper. He won't never change.
Big Mama: I hope you're right, Tod.
Tod: [referring to Copper] And we'll keep on being friends forever. Uh, won't we, Big Mama?
Big Mama: Darlin', forever is a long, long time. And time has a way of changin' things.

Adult Copper: [upon seeing Tod] I thought that was you, Tod. I heard you coming. Boy, you've really grown.
Adult Tod: You have too, Copper. I saw you coming back with Chief and the hunter.
Adult Copper: It's great to see you, Tod. [looks back at Chief, who is trying to sleep] But you know, you-- You shouldn't be over here. You're going get us both into a lot of trouble.
Adult Tod: Look, I-- I just wanted to see you. We're still friends, aren't we?
Adult Copper: [makes a sad glare] Tod... those days are over. I'm a hunting dog now. [Tod becomes surprised, then feels sad] You-- You better get out of here before old Chief wakes up.
Adult Tod: Oh, Chief. [chuckles] He doesn't worry me.
Adult Copper: [whispers, as Chief is barely awakening] Tod, I'm serious. Your-- your fair game is far as he's concerned!

[Copper yawns and lays down to go to sleep. He closes his eyes and smiles as he thinks about when he and Tod were younger.]'

[repeated dialogue]

Young Tod: Copper, you're my very best friend.
Young Copper: And you're mine too, Tod.
Young Tod: And we'll always be friends forever, won't we?
Young Copper: Yeah. Forever.

[The movie ends with Tod and Vixey sitting on a hill, overlooking where Copper is.]


  1. [1]Roger Ebert's review of the film
  2. The Official Disney Trivia Book: Paperjacks, date 1988, pages 63-64 , ISBN 07701-1002-9 info on cost and book source story info'

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