Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: The Fox and The Hound (1981)

A young fox named Tod is taken in by an old woman after his mother is killed by a hunter. Full of mischief, Young Tod befriends Copper, a hound dog pup. As they grow up, however, their friendship becomes endangered by what they have become; Copper is a hunting dog, and Tod is his prey. [imdb]
I saw that The Fox and The Hound was next on my list, and I thought "Oh, that's a classic."  Yeah, it's really kind of a boring movie, rehashing most of Bambi (but a tad backwards) and the characters really aren't that memorable.  On top of that, if you're going to get the voice of Tigger to do a character (one of the birds), you should probably make sure he doesn't sound and talk EXACTLY like Tigger.  Every "Tigger-ism" was used for that damn bird... It's just not right.

This movie actually is quite bland and boring, the songs slightly irritating, and it just felt "phoned in"...  Turns out half of the animators at the time thought the same thing, called it "stale" and left to make a new production company (that brought films like An American Tail, The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go To Heaven)  In the end, a whole new slew of animators and character designers came aboard, including some of the people who eventually brought us The Little Mermaid through to the most recent Disney animated films... So it wasn't a complete loss.

I don't think I'd recommend this movie though, and can see why it's the start of the low point in the Animated Classics line.  I do hope, however, that the new blu-ray has more special features, and maybe it will shed a bit more light on the making of the film.