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Written by Karlamon :


The Fox and the Hound isn’t exactly the most fondly remembered film according to Disney, which explains the lack of proper behind-the-scenes documentary. Luckily though, a devoted fan by the name of Adam Zanzie emailed us his insightful video essay on the 1981 animated feature, which we are pleased to feature on the site (embedded below).

Zanzie was originally going to make this a feature-length documentary, but a expensive rights price prevented this. Nevertheless, this 15-minute video details the film’s intense and troubled production cycle, based on conversations he personally had with people who worked on the film. These include director Richard Rich, executive producer Ron Miller, screenwriter Steve Hulett, animators Randy Cartwright and Gary Goldman, and others. Along with the production, Zanzie also details the conparasions between the 1981 film, and the original 1967 novel of the same name by Daniel P. Mannix.

For those who are are fan of the movie or/and the book, this essay is a fascinating watch to understand all the liberties that Disney had to go through to release the movie we all know and love today. Enjoy!


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July 27, 2020
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Thank you for sharing!

August 11, 2017
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I rather like the Fox And The Hound. The movie is very sentimental to me, and I likely WOULD consider it one of my all time favourite Disney films. I stand by that.

July 26, 2017
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It's a beautiful movie, Although I feel it must have had a sequel and not a prequel, the second film in my opinion is very bad, simply, material and characters smashed into it. Returning to the original this wonderful movie had the worst streak of appearing in the dark stage in which Disney was, Tod is my main favorite, after him they continue Vixey, Copper and Chief, Dinky and Boomer are like the complement of the film, give it a little more life and make it have fun moments. I would like to read the novel by Daniel P. Mannix, if only I had translated it into Spanish, but I can not find it anywhere and only in its original language, obviously in sites like Amazon or eBay, I will have to buy it someday.

July 25, 2017
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While The Fox and the Hound is a cute and touching film, the film itself seems rather bland character-wise. Besides Amos Slade and Wido Tweed, the rest of the characters don't seem that overly developed when it comes to their personalities. Tod, for example, is just your typical youngin that likes to play and get into trouble. There isn't much about him that makes him stand out from the crowd as a memorable character. The same can be said for Copper as well. The only difference between him and Tod is that, besides letting Tod go, his character was predicable.

I'm not saying that the Fox and the Hound is a bad film, there just isn't anything about the film that draws me back to wanting to watch it again.

July 23, 2017
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It is too bad that people don't have fondness for this movie.

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