Blooper: When Tod is being chased by Chief a second time (as an adult), there are several shots where his collar is missing.
During the first chase, Chief goes after Tod while dragging his doghouse barrel behind him. When Amos runs out after them in the next scene, however, there are still two barrels: one with Copper tied to it and an empty one that should still be attached to Chief.
At the beginning of the film, just before we see Tod's mother, the camera zooms through a spider's web, however the shot is very blurry and out of focus. According to some of the animators who worked on the film, the camera operator for that scene was new and didn't know how to properly film the animation of the spider web before the shot of Tod and his mother.
Creator Backlash: Several notable animators, including John Lasseter, Don Bluth and Tim Burton, rarely speak kindly of this film, citing its tight-budgeted animation, which all but did away with the innovative technology the company had invented, as the final sign that Disney had become a shell of its former self (it doesn't help that Bluth had bolted from the studio a few years earlier for this belief, which angered the old guard at the time; note the relationship did NOT get better after the management shift since he began competing against Disney directly, only after Titan A.E. killed his career two decades later did Disney finally drop the subject. Lasseter had attempted to push computer animation, which got him fired, but the people who did the firing got "fired" themselves when Eisner, Wells, and Katzenberg got into Walt Disney Productions the following year.)
Creator Breakdown: Tim Burton, in particular, literally went insane trying to replicate the Disney style. Highlights from his tenure include locking himself in his closet, biting people who came near his desk and pulling out his wisdom teeth, then running through the halls of the studio as blood gushed from his mouth. He pulled the plug on his job at Disney after this movie, becoming a freelance director for Warner starting with Pee Wees Big Adventure, and didn't attempt animation again until the Beetlejuice cartoon, and only worked with Disney again a decade later.
Tim Burton: I worked for a great animator, Glen Keane. He was nice, he was really good to me, he's a really strong animator and he helped me. But he also tortured me because I got all the cute fox scenes to draw, and I couldn't draw all those four-legged Disney foxes. I just couldn't do it. I couldn't even fake the Disney style. Mine looked like road kills... imagine drawing a cute fox with Sandy Duncan's voice for three years. It's not something that you can relate to very much.
Recursive Adaptation: The Disney books were inspired by the movie, which was inspired by the original novel.
Troubled Production: There were many troubles going on with the production. Several veteran animators either retired or died early in production, batches of animation drawings were stolen, leaving several scenes to be rotoscoped from pencil tests, and Don Bluth led an exodus of practically half the animation team, which delayed its release by six months and turned him into Disney's Arch-Enemy for a long while.
What Could Have Been: Don Bluth was assigned to co-direct the film until he and his colleagues departed from the studio in 1979. Scenes he worked on were the scenes of Widow Tweed milking the cow and her grabbing Slade's gun and accidentally shooting it.
Originally, Chief was going to die, thus making Copper's revenge against Tod much more extreme, but the idea was discarded for being too dark and was rewritten so Chief would get injured instead.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: It's pretty hard to come across a copy of the book, which has been out of print for decades. If you want to buy one be prepared to spare $200 to $300.
Science Marches On: Canines like dogs and foxes are not, as it turns out, completely colourblind, only red-green colourblind as compared to the average human.
This was the first movie to feature a lot of the animators who would go on to play pivotal roles in the Disney Renaissance movies and the studios that sprang out of them such as Pixar and DreamWorks, which ironically crushed Bluth in their wake.
This was the final movie that the whole of Disney's Nine Old Men worked on; all of them retired around this film's release, with Eric Larson staying on as a trainer and supervisor. Wolfgang Reithermann, who was the effective head of Disney Animation, died in a car crash around The Black Cauldron's release, and his death plus spiritual successor Jeffrey Katzenberg getting the department dropped in his lap PLUS the massive failure of Cauldron spelled the end of the old style of animation moviemaking.
Speaking of Katzenberg, this was the last Disney Animated Classic released before turmoil at Disney allowed the future DreamWorks Animation founder into the studio. The few years after Fox and Hound's release saw two major projects, TRON, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, bomb due to a dire lack of marketing. When Ron Miller became CEO in 1983, he attempted to revitalize Disney from near-bankruptcy by creating Touchstone, which led to Splash, and the Disney Channel, but his efforts got thwarted when the shortcomings of Disney boss Card Walker and Roy E. Disney bolting from the studio and launching a shareholder revolt combined with an attempted takeover from raider Saul Steinberg, who was aiming to break up Disney and sell it's individual parts. Steinberg was paid off not to follow through on his threat, but it became the last straw for new shareholder Sid Bass, who now wanted Miller out. He got his wish, and Michael Eisner from Paramount and Frank Wells from Warner Bros. were hired to CEO and COO positions, respectively. Eisner hired Katzenberg right away, and Miller and studio chief Tom Wilhite were forced to resign to let Eisner and Katzenberg into their positions. The massive bombing of The Black Cauldron the following summer became the final nail in Miller's coffin; he retired to winemaking, and the next time he would be credited on a theatrical release was in the "Special Thanks" section of Inside Out's end credits in 2015.
The Fox And The Hound was the final new release in the original Walt Disney Classics video line of animated classics from Disney Animation in 1994. Wells's death, the release of The Lion King, and Katzenberg ending his relationship with Disney on a sour note came before the next Disney classic to be released, Walt's original "Timeless Classic" Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, kicked off the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection line. The Fox And The Hound is also the last Disney Animated Classic to feature the Buena Vista logo; all films after this will start with the Walt Disney Pictures logo no matter what.
The Classics VHS has two variations. They both start with the 1991 green F.B.I. warnings and then the theatrical trailer for The Lion King. On early copies, the program goes straight to the lilac-blue cursive handwriting Feature Presentation bumper after the Lion King trailer; the other variation adds a home video trailer for The Return Of Jafar inbetween the Lion King trailer and the Feature Presentation bumper. The FP bumper is followed by the distorted version of the 1992 Sorcerer Mickey Walt Disney Classics logo (this is the last tape to have that logo) and then the silent Buena Vista logo before the film's opening scenes and credits.