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Animation: Vuk The Little Fox
Vuk (a.k.a. The Little Fox) is a Hungarian animated film from 1981, produced by Pannonia Film Studio. It is based on a novel by Hungarian author István Fekete. The novel was also translated into German, but never in English. However, the Animated Adaptation was released with English dub.

The story is about a young fox, whose family was killed by a human hunter, and is raised by his uncle. He learns to hunt, learns the necessary skills to survive in the forest, and gets revenge on the hunter who killed his family.

Vuk, along with Cat City, is often considered one of the most beloved classics of Hungarian animation.

In 2008 an All-CGI Cartoon sequel called Kis Vuk (released in English as A Fox's Tale) was created based on a novel written by István Fekete's son, in which none of the creators of the original cartoon were involved.

This book and film provide examples of:

  • Adam and Eve Plot: Invoked by Karak, when he tells Vuk and Vixen that they "still have things to do. The human might've killed me, but the free foxes must not perish." Subverted in that Vuk and Vixen are far from being the last foxes in the forest.
  • All Animals Are Domesticated: Averted in the original, played straight in the sequel (for everybody's great dismay).
  • Animal Talk: There are two languages in the world Human and Animal. Also at least some animals (dogs most prominently) understand Humans but despite talking to his animals (as people in real life do) the Hunter doesn't seem to understand them.
  • Animated Adaptation
  • Anti-Hero: Vuk.
  • Babies Ever After: The film ends with Vuk and Vixen having their own litter.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Despite all the animals killed by the foxes, and by the hunter's guns, not one drop of blood is seen. Most egregious example is when the dogs and the hunter fell into the fox traps. However they're seen in thick bandages later.
  • Book Ends: The movie begins with the litter of Vuk's parents. It ends with an almost identical scene with Vuk and Vixen having their own litter. The dialogue between Vuk and Vixen also mirrors the dialogue between Vuk's parents Kag and Iny.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: For the Hunter what he did to Vuk. For historical / cultural context: The Big Bad of this movie committed something completely mundane to provoke the anger of the hero as in Hungarian villages small woodland predators like foxes were (and are) considered vermin and it's common practice to hunt and kill them... and even considered a good thing to do if they start preying on people's livestock (chickens, geese etc.).
    • In conjunction: Vuk's father committed the very natural act of hunting for easy prey... which happened to be human property.
  • Butt Monkey: Vahur (Barny in the english dub) the fox hound, to Chew Toy levels.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Foxes always refer to humans as "Simabőrű" ("Smooth-skins", referring to their hairless skin). They also have different words for each animal species (apart from their own): "Tás" for ducks, "Csusz" for lizards, "Szú" for hedgehogs, "Vahur" for dogs, etc. These serve both as names for the species as a whole, and individual members of the species (e.g. there is an individual dog named "Vahur", but Karak also says that the hunter's house is guarded by "vahurs").
    • It actually seems that either only foxes and dogs have personal names or they're the only ones bothering to tell. Vahur's case is interesting, because its either A Dog Named Dog, but that unlikely because his owner calls him Vahur too (and humans don't speak animal), or for some reason he (or a similarly named dog) was the species namer.
    • Another exception from this rule is Marci the rooster. Foxes call roosters "Kurri", and Marci (being a human name) was probably given to this specific fowl by his owner.
  • Catch Phrase: Vuk is an acronym for "Vadászom. Utamból. Kotródj!" (I'm hunting. Out. Of. My way!), for which the old Vuk was named after. The Meaningful Name acronym part Lost in Translation in the english dub, where the Catch Phrase became "If I can see it, I can catch it."
  • Cats Are Mean: Although the cat is a minor character, she's rather unfriendly to Vuk.
  • Carnivore Confusion: One of the most brutal aversions in the history of children's cartoons: many animal characters, even those who have spoken lines, or even have their names given, are killed and eaten by the main protagonist.
  • Chasing A Butterfly: Vuk, as a young predator, tends to chase after everything he sees. He almost falls off the cliff when he attacks a lizard while his uncle is asleep.
  • Clucking Funny: In the beginning of the movie, the rooster and the hens provide much comedy... before being killed and eaten by the protagonist's father.
  • Child Prodigy: Vuk is repeatedly compaired to his grandfather, who "was the first among the foxes"
  • Composite Character: The vixen in the movie is an amalgamation of Vuk's sister (whom he rescues from the hunter's cage) and his future mate from the book.
  • Creepy Crows: A very mean crow appears in the middle of the film, who swore revenge on Vuk, after he tore out three of his tail feathers.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Invoked even in the theme song.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Vuk is named after his grandpa.
  • Disneyfication: Despite the above mentioned aversion of Carnivore Confusion, a lot of the novel's brutality is toned down in the film, and much comedy is added.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Or at least easily outsmarted by foxes.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The hunter is only ever called A Simabőrű (The Smoothskin, animal talk for human) or occasionally Vadász úr (Mr. Hunter).
  • The Faceless: All human characters, including the main antagonist, the hunter. However, we get a brief shot of a picture of the hunter, on which his face is visible.
  • Feather Fingers: Some bird characters, like the crow or the geese, can make very humanlike gestures with their wings.
  • Film of the Book
  • Generation Xerox: Vuk to his grandpa, and one of Vuk's cubs to him.
  • Gossipy Hens: The village dogs. All of them.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Each and every character is right in this book/movie from his/her/its point of view. The Sympathetic P.O.V. makes it the Heroic tale of a fox fighting back but it could just as easily be told as the tragic tale of a human failing to protect his farm from the forces of nature, or a literal Shaggy Dog Story of some dogs trying to live their life and doing their duty just to become hapless victims caught in the middle of the conflict etc..
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Vuk himself. The way he cries for his parents can be a big Tear Jerker.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Karak in the movie, jumped out from under the brushes to distract the hunters, and save Vuk and Vixen.
  • Humanlike Foot Anatomy: The foxes and the dogs.
  • Humans Are Bastards/Humans Are Cthulhu: Oh, so much. They are always present as a faceless threat to the animals.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Vahur and Fickó crosses over to this near the end of the movie.
  • Infant Immortality: Oh, so very averted. Vuk's siblings are killed along with his parents.
  • Life or Limb Decision: Sut had to bite down his tail, to escape from a fox trap.
  • Lost in Translation: Many of the jokes in the Hungarian version were missed in English. Also the Catch Phrase, see above.
  • Mama Bear: Íny, Vuk's mother in the novel. She permanently disfigured one of the hounds sent in their burrow.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe. Vahur and Fickó will never be able to clean themselves of the shame Vuk and Vixen put them into.
  • The Obi-Wan: Vuk's uncle Karak.
  • Papa Wolf: In the original novel, Kag, Vuk's father fought and killed one of the hounds the hunters sent in his burrow. It's implied in the film that there he put up a fight too, but since the same dog reappears unharmed later in the movie, it seems to have been a Curb-Stomp Battle in the dogs favor.
  • Parental Substitute: Karak to Vuk.
  • Prickly Porcupine: Szú is a hedgehog rather than a porcupine (since the film takes place in Europe), but has a grumpy, Deadpan Snarker personality that fits this trope.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Fox cubs.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Vuk systematically destroys the Hunter's life and livelihood (at the end he has no animals (so lost most if not all his wealth), is crippled and at least the movie implies that even his wife left him).
    • And before that the Hunter killed Vuk's family in revenge for his animals / defense of his farm. -> Cycle of Revenge
  • So Proud of You: Karak to Vuk, at one point.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Vahur again, while guarding the geese, with Fickó/Fido. The geese were drunk, and with Fickó he had the following exchange
    Vahur: Two hounds on the job. Dog No.1. -that's me- guards the goose on the right. Dog No.2...
    Fickó: Who's that?
    Vahur: My goodness, what a fool I have to work with?
  • Those Two Guys/Those Two Bad Guys: Vahur and Fickó, the fox hounds.
  • Twinkle in the Eye: Vuk has a twinkle in both of his eyes when he spots his prey. Justified as he's a fox whose eyes glow in the dark.
  • Xenofiction: It's the world from the point of view of foxes. Almost Nature Documentary about foxes meets an inverted Animal Nemesis story.


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