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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]], ''The Fox and The Hound 2'', was released in 2006.

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

!!The first film provides examples of:
* AnimalNemesis: Tod becomes this to Slade.
* AntiVillain: 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 [[spoiler: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.]]
* 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 save Copper in time from the bear near the end of the movie. [[spoiler:It is because of this Copper had 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.
* 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.]]
* 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 chases 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]].
* 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.]]
* 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" is this for the film it's a song about best friends having fun 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.
* 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.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** 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: Copper becomes this when [[spoiler:he does his best to protect Amos from a bear. It then 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).
* 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!.]]]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Amos and Chief.
* {{Jerkass}}: The badger.
* 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, nearly drowning in the process and leaving him, weak and exhausted, collapsing at the riverbank. As Copper approaches, he is amazed that the very fox he tried to track down ''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.
* 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 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]].
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Vixie.
* ShooTheDog: The saddest scene in the film.
* 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''".
* YourSizeMayVary: Adult Todd has a tendency to shrink slightly whenever he's in a scene where Widow Tweed has to carry him.

!!The second film provides examples of:
* ATruceWhileWeGawk: Near the start of the film, Chief stops chasing Tod when both notice Amos on the back of an out-of-control cow with a bucket on his head, and both watch, with Copper joining them, as it gets worse for him; after he throws off the bucket, a bee's nest takes its place. And then he throws that off, only to be thrown into a pig pen. All three say "Uh-oh" immediately before that last one. And it continues for a few more seconds, as they all get "oh, no" expression right before Tweed adds insult to injury:
-->'''Tweed''': Well, as long as you're wasting my milk, you may as well have some pie to go along with it. ''(grabs a blueberry pie from the windowsill)''
-->'''Amos''': What the dickens are you—''(PieInTheFace)''
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* DemotedToExtra: Tod, where he ends up doing chores, neglected by Copper, and becomes a {{Woobie}} just because he wanted to play with his friend.
** Justified, since Tod was the protagonist of the first film, where it focused on his life before and after [[spoiler: his abandonment.]]
* FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit: The talent scout, who ends up being the designated ButtMonkey in the second film.
* PieInTheFace: Mentioned above.
* ShownTheirWork: Tod can't sing because his species sounds [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk1mAd77Hr4 like this.]]
* SpotlightStealingSquad: "The Singin' Strays". So much focus was removed from Tod because of them.
* TalksLikeASimile: Evoked, over and over and over again.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Big Mama, Binky and Boomer.