July 10, 1981.
Re-released in 1988.
Released on video in 1994.
Lack of Education
A Huntin' Man
Appreciate the Lady
Goodbye May Seem Forever
Character development and some early scenes were worked on by veteran Disney animators, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, and Cliff Nordberg. But in the whole, this film was developed by a new generation of animators, who would go on to work on the likes of "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast."
It was the last Disney film that Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston worked on.
The film took four years to make, due to being disrupted by the defection of a group of animators, unhappy at the Disney Studio.
By the time it was completed, it had required 360,000 drawings, 110,000 painted cels, 1,100 painted backgrounds, and a total of 180 people, including 24 animators.
The film is based on a story by Daniel P. Mannix.
This was the last of Disney's animated features (since Alice in Wonderland) to have the credits at the beginning of the film rather than the end.
Young Tod: Copper, you're my 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.
Boomer: Oh, shucks! I think I bent my b-b-b-beak.
Adult Tod: We're still friends, right?
Adult Copper: Tod, those days are over. I'm a hunting dog now.
Big Mama: Listen good, Tod, 'cause it's either education or elimination.
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DVD Bonus Features
- Music And More: "The Best Of Friends" Sing-Along
- Games & Activities: Forest Friendship Game; DVD Storybook: "New Best Friends"
- Backstage Disney: "Passing The Baton" -- Golden Age Animators And The New Breed
- "THE FOX AND THE HOUND" Art Gallery
- Bonus Classic Shorts: "Lambert The Sheepish Lion"; "Lend A Paw."
Two friends that didn't know they were supposed to be enemies.
When Amos arrives at the wildlife preserve he doesn't have any traps, but when he is seen entering there are traps over his shoulder.
Amos drops three traps onto the ground, but when he sets them up, there are five.
When Big Mamma first comes out of her tree, there is a clothesline behind the fence, and a pair of blue pants hanging on it, but in the next shot it's changed to a blue sheet.
At the end, when Copper is walking away from the water's edge, one of his footprints appears before he even puts his foot down.
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