The Fox and the Hound (25th Anniversary Edition)

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Rating: G

Starring:
Mickey Rooney as Adult Tod (voice)
Kurt Russell as Adult Copper (voice)
Pearl Bailey as Big Mama (voice)
Jack Albertson as Hunter (Amos Slade) (voice)
Sandy Duncan as Vixey (voice)
Jeanette Nolan as Widow Tweed (voice)
Pat Buttram as Chief (voice)
John Fiedler as Porcupine (voice)
John McIntire as Grumpy Badger (voice)
Richard Bakalyan as Dinky (voice)
Paul Winchell as Boomer (voice)
Keith Coogan as Young Tod (voice)
Corey Feldman as Young Copper (voice)

Special Features:
Games & Activities: Forest Friendship Game — Play A Game of Hide ‘N’ Seek and Learn More About the Characters and Their Best Buddies; DVD Storybook: “New Best Friends” — Read Along or Listen to the Tale of Tod And Copper’s Special Friendship

Backstage Disney: “Passing the Baton: The Making of “The Fox and the Hound” Featurette — Hear Disney History as Legendary Animators Hand Over the Reins to a New Generation of Artists

“The Fox and the Hound” Art Gallery
Bonus Shorts: “Lambert the Sheepish Lion” And “Lend a Paw” — More Lovable Animal Characters From Disney

And More: Including “The Best of Friends” Sing-Along Song

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
French and Spanish Language
Running Time: 83 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Featuring lovable characters, brilliant animation, and heartwarming messages, ‘The Fox and the Hound,’ is ‘Vintage Disney,’ raves The Washington Post. And now, Disney’s classic tale about an unlikely friendship is available in a special 25th Anniversary Edition. When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog — and the object of his search is his best friend! With an all-new Forest Friendship Game, a DVD Storybook, a Sing-Along Song, and more, your family will want to share the fun and adventure in this special edition of ‘The Fox and the Hound’ again and again!”

“The Fox and the Hound” is rated G.

Mini-Review:
I remember seeing “The Fox and the Hound” in theaters as a kid. It was light entertainment, but certainly not what I would call a Disney Classic. But even being 8 years old, I remember the film being a thinly veiled commentary on prejudice and race relations. There’s nothing subtle about this movie.

While most Disney movies entertained me as both a kid and adult, I find I have very little interest in “The Fox and the Hound” now. The animation isn’t nearly the same quality of their later pictures. The film also follows a number of Disney clich├ęs. And the extremely cute puppy and young fox are almost too much to take. But what did surprise me were the number of recognizable names in the cast. It includes Kurt Russell, Andy Rooney, Sandy Duncan, Corey Feldman, Pearl Bailey, and Jack Albertson (from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” or “Chico and the Man,” take your pick). Before getting this DVD I never would have been able to name the cast to you.

“The Fox and the Hound” is decent enough entertainment for kids, but it’s a shame that it was released right alongside “The Little Mermaid.” The quality of “Mermaid” really exposes the weaknesses of this film.

There’s very little here in the way of bonus features. The ‘making of’ video is short and mainly features Disney animators talking about how this was a stepping stone between the old Disney animation and the ‘Golden Age’ heralded by “The Little Mermaid.” You”l also find a couple of games for kids including a game of hide and seek and a read along book. There’s also an art gallery, a sing along, and two classic Disney shorts – “Lambert the Sheepish Lion” And “Lend a Paw.”

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