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[[caption-width-right:250:♪ You're not even aware, you're such a funny pair...♪]]

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

Released in 1981, ''The Fox and the Hound'' is the 24th movie in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, very, very, ''very'' [[InspiredBy loosely based on]] a [[Literature/TheFoxAndTheHound book of the same name]].

The plot feautures an old woman finding an infant orphaned fox whom she adopts and names Tod. Meanwhile, her neighbor, a hunter, brings home a hound puppy named Copper intent on raising him to be a hunting dog. Tod and Copper soon meet and quickly become best friends, which raises conflict between their respective owners, but the two promise to remain friends forever. Later, once the two are grown up, Copper is actively participating in his master's hunts, and the friendship between the two is put into jeopardy.

A [[DirectToVideo Direct-to-DVD]] [[{{Interquel}} midquel]], ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound2'', was released in 2006.

Compare ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'' (which has been [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpreted]] as ''The Fox and the Hound'' with [[HoYay sexual]] [[InterspeciesRomance tension]]).

!!This film provides examples of:
* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: The original book ends with a full blown DownerEnding where [[spoiler: Tod, both of his mates and his kits all die, and Copper gets shot in the head by Amos so he doesn't have to abandon him when he's taken to a nursing home.]] The Disney adaptation alters it into a BittersweetEnding where [[spoiler: [[SparedByTheAdaptation Tod, his mate Vixie, and Copper survive]], but Tod and Copper are forced to go their separate ways.]]
* AdaptationalNiceGuy:
** In the novel, Tod intentionally lured Chief to the tracks to be killed. In this adaptation, it was a genuine accident on his part.
** Similarly while Copper snaps at Tod at this point in the film, it was out of genuine guilt and concern for Chief, while in the books, Copper was jealous of Chief so rather happily accepted his demise.
* AdaptedOut: In the novel, Tod had two different mates over a period of time and had kits with them. Only one of them (Vixie) appears in the film, and the film closes before Tod and Vixie have time to have any kits.
* AdvertisedExtra: Some covers for the film, including the one on this site, features the bear, even though it only shows up a few minutes towards the end.
* AgeLift: Chief was younger than Copper in the novel. It's the other way around here.
* AnimalNemesis: Tod becomes this to Slade.
* AntiVillain: Amos Slade is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold but not a bad guy, and he doesn't see his career of hunting as a bad thing. The only time he actually does anything illegal is [[spoiler:out of anger when Chief almost dies thanks to Tod]] and he's determined to get Tod's pelt even though hunting isn't allowed in that area, but [[spoiler:backs off when Copper shows Amos that Tod is his friend.]]
** Chief also counts, as the viewer is supposed to care about him even though he is antagonistic towards Tod. It helps that he does have [[PetTheDog some sort of genuine affection for Copper]], even after it turns to jealousy when Copper grows older.
* ApronMatron: Widow Tweed is kind and caring towards her animals, especially Tod, but if you mess with any of them, you '''''will''''' [[MamaBear face the consequences.]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Foxes aren't very capable of making threatening faces in real life. In the film, [[spoiler: [[https://cokieblume.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/screenshot-2014-05-28-12-53-03.png Tod has]] a ''terrifying'' face upon fighting Copper.]]
* ATeamFiring: It gets a bit [[{{Narm}} narmy]] after a while when Amos can't get a single hit towards Tod despite all the clear shots he has. Makes you wonder how he became such a good hunter in the first place (if his winter hunt results are anything to go by).
* BearsAreBadNews: The climax of the film says it all.
* BearTrap: Amos employs some of these in his hunts. [[ChekhovsGun This has some unforeseen consequences later on...]]
* BigBad: Amos Slade, anti-villainy or not.
* BigDamnHeroes: Tod manages to [[spoiler:save Copper in time from the bear near the end of the movie. It's because of this that Copper has a HeelRealization.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Tod and Copper go their separate ways, but they remember what good friends they used to be. And Tod lives happily with his mate Vixie.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: Double subverted twice in the bear fight. Amos manages to shoot the bear with visible blood, and Copper bites its muzzle with more visible blood, but afterwards neither of the wounds are visible. Maybe they didn't want to push their luck?
** Amos ''should'' have some blood on his hands from struggling to get the bear trap off his foot, but he doesn't.
* ButtMonkey: Dinky and Boomer.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Mostly handled realistically, with one major exception - foxes, especially young kits, are fair game to large owls, yet Tod and Big Mama get along fine. Strictly speaking she might also go after Dinky and Boomer, but owls aren't especially prone to hunting other birds - and in real life, they'd be awake at different times anyway.
* CerebusRetcon: When Tod and Copper meet, they bond by playing hide and seek, with Tod hiding and Copper tracking. [[spoiler:This takes a dark turn later in the movie when Tod (with his mate) has to escape and hide from Copper who is persistently tracking him down with the intent to kill him.]]
** [[spoiler:Tod and Copper as pups saying they're going to be best friends forever. For maximum GutPunch, it's played as a voiceover at the end when we see Tod looking at Copper from afar, knowing that they have to go their separate ways.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: While playing hide and seek with Copper, Tod jumps between different objects to scatter his scent and confuse Copper. [[spoiler:He does this again as an adult with Vixie to make Copper lose track of them by a waterfall.]]
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Tod and Copper as kids, and in the midquel.
* ConvenientCranny: Employed and failed three times.
** Todd and his new mate dive into a burrow to avoid the snapping jaws of Copper. However, this cranny proves useless when the hunter finds a way to drive them out.
** Halfway through the film, Todd hides under a woodpile while being chased by Amos and the hounds. Chief runs right past him, but Copper's keen nose leads him right to his former friend's hiding spot and an act of kindness on Copper's part is the only reason Todd even survives past this point.
** On his first night in the preserve, Todd crawls into a burrow to get out of a thunderstorm. Said burrow turns out to the home of a very [[GrumpyOldMan cranky old badger]] who promptly forces Todd back out into the rain.
* CoolOldLady: Widow Tweed, who isn't afraid to grab Slade's gun and blow a hole in his car engine.
* CorruptHick: Copper's owner is willing to hunt foxes in a nature preserve. To be fair, he's only hunting this one fox and for [[AnimalNemesis personal reasons]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Not so much compared to the original novel by Daniel P. Mannix or to Disney's next animated film, ''Disney/TheBlackCaulron'', but this film, along with the previous Disney installment, ''Disney/TheRescuers'' are more serious is comparision to some of Disney's animated movies from [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 1961]] to [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh 1977]].
* ADogNamedDog: Tod the tod. Vixey the vixen is a lesser example.
* DavidVersusGoliath: Tod, a fox, [[spoiler:takes on a ''bear''.]]
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Chief, though it initially appears certain he won't survive, after the train accidentally hits him.]]
* {{Disneyfication}}: The story the film is based on ends with [[spoiler:both main characters amongst others ''dead''.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:The bear, who falls off the log and down a steep waterfall.]]
** Curiously, [[spoiler:Tod was also shown to fall and yet was clearly shown to ''survive''.]] TruthInTelevision: The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
* DistressedDude: Amos and Copper after the bear shows up.
* DoubleTake: The chicken looks over to her little chicks, for a second, who are curious about that furry red thing that has its paw reaching up to them, as if to...Cue the chicken freaking out and chasing Tod in the barn shed.
* DownerBeginning / DramaticChaseOpening: [[spoiler:The film starts with Tod's mother running away from hounds, and ultimately getting shot. It isn't likely that Amos Slade shot her because at that time he bought Copper.]]
* DubNameChange: In the Norwegian dub, nearly all the names apart from Tod and Copper were changed. Notably, Chief was named King, Amos was named Ola and Vixie was named Mari.
* EvilPoacher: Aversion, as Slade only poaches once in the film, but that is out of revenge.
* FaceHeelTurn: Copper pulls this off after [[spoiler:Chief was nearly killed.]]
* FallingInLoveMontage: "''Appreciate the Lady''".
* ForbiddenFriendship / InterspeciesFriendship: Between, well, a fox and a hound.
* FriendshipSong: "Best Of Friends" sung by Big Mama as she watches Tod and Copper play together.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The grizzly that appears in the climax.
* GoThroughMe: At the very end, [[spoiler:when Copper positions himself against Tod to prevent Amos from shooting him.]]
* GrandFinale: The film is this for the ''Walt Disney Classics'' video line, bookending it with ''Disney/RobinHood''. It's one of at least two video lines, the other being the ''Walt Disney Platinum Editions'', to have a GrandFinale video release.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: Boomer goes full [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteandTheRoadrunner Wile E Coyote]] after pecking through the branch he was standing on. The bear at the end of the film gets a similar treatment after slashing through the log it's standing on, but it's not nearly as comedic.
* GreenEyedMonster: Chief and Copper's roles are reversed from the original novel; here Chief is the aging hound and Copper the new favorite who he becomes jealous of.
* HairTriggerTemper: It doesn't take much for the badger to get annoyed.
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster: The original story was an allegory for racism separating two friends. The film is sometimes interpreted as a depicting an innocent summer romance between two boys torn asunder by divergent career paths and the folly of machismo. Sometimes it is seen as showing how men repress their feelings as they come of age, and lose touch with their innocence.
* HeelRealization:
** Amos has this when Copper prevents him from shooting Tod at the end.
** Copper himself had one after the Black Bear battle.
* HeroAntagonist:
** Copper becomes this.
** Chief may count as well.
* HeroicDog: While he serves an antagonistic role at the time, Copper still deserves major credit for [[spoiler:trying to protect his master from a giant, ferocious bear. Just as he's about to be killed, it switches to Heroic Fox.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Amos gets caught in his own bear trap. [[spoiler:He survives.]]
* HumansAreBastards: Averted with the kind and protective widow. Played straight with the hunters at the beginning and with Amos [[spoiler:until the end]].
* HypocriticalHumor: Chief tries to milk his leg injury for sympathy, but later thinks Amos is making too big a deal out of his own leg pain when the Widow is dressing his wounds.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Amos, fortunately for Tod (and Vixey later on).
* InformedSpecies: Copper and Chief are supposedly a [[http://www.americanbloodhoundclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Majaresize.jpg Bloodhound]] and [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/03/Irish_Wolfhound_3.jpg/220px-Irish_Wolfhound_3.jpg Irish Wolfhound]], respectively. The two of them have obviously had their breed tweaked a little bit to look more cartoony and 'handsome'. Irish Wolfhounds are also the largest dog breed in the world, meaning Chief should have been a lot bigger.
* InkSuitActor: Amos bears more than a little resemblance to Jack Albertson.
* InNameOnly: How Walt Disney Studios managed to look at [[Literature/TheFoxAndTheHound what reads like a fictionalized documentary about the life and times of a mongrel hunting dog and a human-reared wild fox who live through bear hunts, rabies epidemics, and the rise of suburbia among other things]] and thought it would make a wonderful talking animals musical about racism is a mystery for the ages.
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:Amos and Copper go hunting for Tod but end up running into a giant, pissed off bear. The hunters become the hunted and it's up to Tod to save them.]]
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: Vixey is afraid to enter a copse when she realizes it's too quiet, while Tod has no such qualms [[spoiler:and narrowly avoids falling foul of Copper, Amos' shotgun and a ''shitload'' of bear traps]].
** Copper also falls into this when he is sniffing for Tod up the cliff and picks up a new scent...[[spoiler:From [[BearsAreBadNews a giant bear!.]]]]
* {{Jerkass}}: The badger is a jerk to the porcupine ''and'' Tod.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Amos and Chief.
* KarmaHoudini: Amos Slate sparks off the end conflict by ''poaching'' on a petty vendetta, hunting on a game preserve, which nearly gets Tod, Copper, ''and'' him killed. Yet everyone lives, and the only thing Slate gets out of it is an injured foot. Poaching can get you ''arrested'', hunting license or not.
* KnightOfCerebus: The huge, dark bear eventually appearing during Amos and Copper's chase.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the book, but for the most part, it avoids the [[TastesLikeDiabetes overly child-friendly]] tone Disney films are associated with.
* MamaBear: Tweed when Slade tries to shoot Tod for thinking the fox was chasing his chickens.
* TheMatchmaker: Big Mama is this with Tod and Vixey.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Most of the posters feature the bear in the background.
* MeaningfulName: Tod(d) is an old English word for a fox. However, he is named by Tweed because he's "such a little toddler". Vixey sounds very similar to "vixen" which is a female fox.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Played with - Chief is sort of a father/big brother figure to Copper and is nearly mortally wounded while chasing Tod.
* MissingMom: Tod's mom is shot during the opening credits. Who shot her is unknown (it is unlikely that Amos Slade shot her because at that time he is buying Copper and his original hunting dog Chief was asleep in his introduction).
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Copper has two of these
** Copper when he blames himself for letting Tod escape, thus inadvertently causing Chief to get hurt.
** Tod saves Copper from the bear, and barely survives plummeting down a waterfall with it, leaving the fox, weak and exhausted, collapsing at the riverbank. Copper approaches, amazed Tod--the very fox he tried to hunt--saved his life, despite everything that happened, and now feels genuinely remorseful for what he's done to him. [[spoiler:He then steps in between Amos' gun & Tod, causing Amos to come to his senses and lower his gun.]]
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Played rather accurately in the cases where a character falls from a very high place. Both Chief and Todd survive their respective falls due to being lightweight and conveniently suspended over water. The larger, heavier bear at the climax of the film isn't so lucky and gets a DisneyVillainDeath.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: A lot of Amos' vendetta with Tod is caused by the latter framing himself as antagonising his property. At one point Amos spots him mid chase with Chief after a bunch of chickens have been let out and are outrunning Tod.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Chief gets one before getting hit by the train]]. Copper gets one when he's sniffing around for Tod and [[spoiler:smells a bear]]. Amos gets one in the same scene when he sees it.
* OldDog: Chief.
* PetTheDog: Literally. Amos Slade's family-like devotion to both his dogs serves to make him NotSoDifferent from Widow Tweed and brings him closer to AntiVillain territory.
* PluckyComicRelief: Dinky and Boomer - and considering how incredibly ''sad'' this movie can be, their comic relief is very much needed.
* PuppyDogEyes: Naturally. When standing up to Slade at the end Copper gives a defiant but earnest use of this trope. Tod, the more idealistic of the two, gives a lot of these over the course of the film as well.
* RaisedByHumans: Tod is raised by an old widow woman after his real mother is killed by hunters.
* RealityEnsues: Despite the obvious child-friendly changes from the original book, [[spoiler:at the end the most Tod and Copper can do is treasure the friendship they once had, while they'll likely never be together again. It still remains one of the very few animated Disney movies to have a BittersweetEnding.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Bear has a pair of frightening ones.
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:Copper and Slade blame Tod for crippling Chief for a while and try to kill him for it.]]
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Squeaks the caterpillar [[spoiler:who becomes a butterfly at the end]]. Tod and Copper also count while they're little.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Vixie.
* ShowDontTell: [[spoiler:Tod and Copper's final interaction after the former saved the latter from the bear. No words are exchanged between them, Copper convinces Amos to finally leave Tod alone, then Tod and Copper simply give each other a small smile to let each other know they're not enemies anymore.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Big Mama, deliberately hooking Tod and Vixie up together.
* ShooTheDog: The saddest scene in the film.
* SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification: The Disney film lands on the Type 1 (InNameOnly) end of the scale. It has very little in common with the original book.
* SparedByTheAdaptation:
** [[spoiler:Tod, Copper ''and'' Chief.]]
** [[spoiler:TWO mates of Tod and TWO litters of his puppies!]]
* TerribleTrio: Subverted with respect to Todd. Amos, Chief and Copper technically make it up but Copper only actually starts hunting Todd with Amos after Chief is put out of commission. Played straight during their winter hunting trip, though.
* TheEnd: This is the last Disney animated film to end with these two words, along with "A Walt Disney Production".
* TheSpeechless: Squeaks the Caterpillar and the bear.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Dinky and Boomer. They are also kinda similar to Timon and Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Rutt and Tuke from ''Disney/BrotherBear'', and Tip and Dash from the previously mentioned ''[[Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea The Little Mermaid II]]''.
* UngratefulBastard: Amos still insists on shooting Tod [[spoiler:even after he saved both his and Copper's lives. Thanks to Copper's GoThroughMe action however, he comes to his senses.]]
* VillainSong: "''A Huntin' Man''" is a zig-zagged case as Amos sings about his love for hunting, but he also sings about his love for his dogs.
* YourSizeMayVary: Adult Todd has a tendency to shrink slightly whenever he's in a scene where Widow Tweed has to carry him.