Released in 1981, The Fox and the Hound is the 24th movie in the Disney Animated Canon, very, very, veryloosely based on a 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; Tod nearly causes the death of the hunter's favorite hound. Because of this, his owner is forced to release Tod into the wild. Slade and Copper don't give up their pursuit, however, and break into the reserve and try to kill the two foxes. But everything changes when Slade and Copper are cornered by a bear, and Tod must save them. Interspersed throughout are scenes featuring a woodpecker and a sparrow trying to eat a caterpillar.A Direct-to-DVDmidquel, The Fox and The Hound 2, was released in 2006.Compare Arashi No Yoru Ni (which is sometimes interpreted as The Fox and the Hound with sexualtension).
The first film provides examples of:
Anti-Villain: Amos Slade is a Jerkass 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 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 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 some sort of genuine affection for Copper, even after it turns to jealousy when Copper grows older.
Double Take: The chicken looks over to her little chicks, for a second, who are curious about that fury 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.
Dramatic Chase Opening: The film starts with Tod's mother running away from hounds, and ultimately getting shot.
Evil Poacher: Aversion, as Slade only poaches once in the film, but that is out of revenge.
Fighting Your Friend: Long after what happened that got Tod sent out to the wild, he and Copper, who blamed Tod for getting Chief injured, naturally square off against each other as if they had never met.
Ink-Suit Actor: Amos bears more than a little resemblance to Jack Albertson.
In Name Only: How Walt Disney Studios managed to look at 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 turn it into a kids' cartoon is a mystery for the ages.
It's Quiet... Too Quiet: Vixey is afraid to enter a copse when she realizes it's too quiet, while Tod has no such qualms and narrowly avoids falling foul of Copper, Amos' shotgun and a shitload of bear traps.
Knight of Cerebus: The bear does not appear until the climax of the film which until then only Amos Slade and Chief who were not frightening appeared. When the bear came in, the film became darker when he was terrifying.
Meaningful Name: 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.
Mentor Occupational Hazard: Played with - Chief is sort of a father/big brother figure to Copper and is nearly mortally wounded while chasing Tod.
Missing Mom: 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), however.
Oh Crap: Chief gets one before getting hit by the train. Copper gets one when he's sniffing around for Tod and smells a bear. Amos gets one in the same scene when he sees it.
Papa Wolf: Tod becomes this when Copper is threatened by a very pissed off bear near the end.
Copper himself counts too, since he tries (and fails) to protect his master from said bear.
Pet the Dog: Literally. This is what makes Amos Slade less of a villain. Heck, the beginning showed him being happy about getting Copper as a puppy.
Plucky Comic Relief: Dinky and Boomer - and considering how incredibly sad this movie can be, their comic relief is very much needed.
Puppy-Dog Eyes: 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.
Raised by Humans: Tod is raised by an old widow woman after his real mother is killed by hunters.
Originally, Chief was supposed to die, as in the book, which would've justified Slade and Copper's anger. This was changed for being too dark.
As a result it makes Copper and Slade look like jackasses, as they're hunting Tod for injuring Chief unintentionally, as opposed to the book, where he deliberately tricks Chief into taking a train to the face.