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** The bear chasing Tod just adds to the terror. The bear uproots a dead tree and when he tries to bite Tod and misses, he breaks '''stone'''.

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** The bear chasing Tod just adds to the terror. The Tod bravely ran to save Copper, but despite biting and yanking the bear's ear all he does it divert his attention before he's thrown off. And as bear chases him he shows what a monster he is as uproots a dead tree with a causal swat. As Tod runs up the mountain, he trips and when he has to dart inbetween the bear's legs to avoid getting hit. The bear seems to get more annoyed and tries to bite Tod and Tod, misses, he and the impact breaks '''stone'''. off bits of '''stone'''.

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** The bear chasing Tod just adds to the terror. The bear uproots a dead tree and when he tries to bite Tod and misses, he breaks '''stone'''.


* In the original novel, Tod and Copper are not friends, but are {{Villain Protagonist}}s [[EvilVsEvil who are hostile to each other]] at any point. The enmity has [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy gone dark]] that Disney decided to make a complete AdaptationRelationshipOverhaul for the films.

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* In A simple difference between the original novel, novel and the film: Tod and Copper are not friends, but are {{Villain Protagonist}}s [[EvilVsEvil who are hostile to each other]] at any point. The enmity has [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy gone dark]] that Disney decided to make a complete AdaptationRelationshipOverhaul never friends.
* Tod and Copper's personalities,
for the films.some. Their ''very'' [[BlueAndOrangeMorality inhuman priorities and morals (or lack thereof)]] pitch some readers into a case of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.


* This simple but clear difference between the novel and film - Tod and Copper are not friends at any point.

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* This simple but clear difference between In the novel and film - original novel, Tod and Copper are not friends friends, but are {{Villain Protagonist}}s [[EvilVsEvil who are hostile to each other]] at any point.point. The enmity has [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy gone dark]] that Disney decided to make a complete AdaptationRelationshipOverhaul for the films.


* The confrontation between Tod and Copper at the den. You want to see what a '''real''' DeathGlare looks like? [[NightmareFace That kind of snarl]] is not a bluff or a threat. It is what an animal does when it signals its intent to defend something to the death ''and no less''.

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* The confrontation between Tod and Copper at the den. You want to see what a '''real''' DeathGlare looks like? [[NightmareFace That kind of snarl]] is not a bluff or a threat. It is what an animal does when it signals its intent to defend something to the death ''and no less''. [[https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/e0f63f1c-0fa5-4bf4-8e9d-51ca77222fa7]]

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* This simple but clear difference between the novel and film - Tod and Copper are not friends at any point.

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* The first time Tod is discovered by Chief it leads to a lengthy chase that escalates to Amos taking a few shots at him before Widow Tweed finally intervenes. It may be a bit intense for the young fox, but it's mostly played for laughs. Once Tod has grown up though, and Chief discovers him yet again while he's trying to talk to Copper, all sense of comedy is gone and Chief and Amos are out for blood.

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** That's not far from the truth. Rabies attacks the brain and central nervous system. By the time the "mindless aggression" stage happens, most of what we would consider one's mind is simply gone, eaten by the virus.


* Not as blatant of an example as ''WesternAnimation/{{Bambi}}'', but the film has its scenes of portraying the terror forest animals must feel upon being targeted by a human and his hound. There's the chilling opening scene where NothingIsScarier as you never ''see'' the dog chasing the fox, only its haunting barks and howls that never stops following her no matter how fast or far she runs, until she is finally driven into the hunter's line of sight and killed. Later in the film when [[spoiler:Amos and Copper are searching for Tod in the reservation, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xaf5bihE1j0&index=18&list=PLLQyrCIfk22enyoL0qzYa8JekFySl9I5C another haunting melody]] plays in the background as Copper is tracking through the woods, with the occasional shot of animals hiding as they see him.]] There's also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2Ivf2F0X5k&list=PLLQyrCIfk22enyoL0qzYa8JekFySl9I5C&index=13 a pretty terrifying score]] playing the second time Chief chases Tod.

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* Not as blatant of an example as ''WesternAnimation/{{Bambi}}'', but the film has its scenes of portraying the terror forest animals must feel upon being targeted by a human and his hound. There's the chilling opening scene where NothingIsScarier as you never ''see'' the dog chasing the fox, only its haunting barks and howls that never stops following her no matter how fast or far she runs, until she is finally driven into the hunter's line of sight and killed. Later in the film when [[spoiler:Amos Amos and Copper are searching for Tod in the reservation, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xaf5bihE1j0&index=18&list=PLLQyrCIfk22enyoL0qzYa8JekFySl9I5C another haunting melody]] plays in the background as Copper is tracking through the woods, with the occasional shot of animals hiding as they see him.]] There's also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2Ivf2F0X5k&list=PLLQyrCIfk22enyoL0qzYa8JekFySl9I5C&index=13 a pretty terrifying score]] playing the second time Chief chases Tod.


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* Not as blatant of an example as ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'', but the film has its scenes of portraying the terror forest animals must feel upon being targeted by a human and his hound. There's the chilling opening scene where NothingIsScarier as you never ''see'' the dog chasing the fox, only its haunting barks and howls that never stops following her no matter how fast or far she runs, until she is finally driven into the hunter's line of sight and killed. Later in the film when [[spoiler:Amos and Copper are searching for Tod in the reservation, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xaf5bihE1j0&index=18&list=PLLQyrCIfk22enyoL0qzYa8JekFySl9I5C another haunting melody]] plays in the background as Copper is tracking through the woods, with the occasional shot of animals hiding as they see him.]] There's also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2Ivf2F0X5k&list=PLLQyrCIfk22enyoL0qzYa8JekFySl9I5C&index=13 a pretty terrifying score]] playing the second time Chief chases Tod.

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* Not as blatant of an example as ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Bambi}}'', but the film has its scenes of portraying the terror forest animals must feel upon being targeted by a human and his hound. There's the chilling opening scene where NothingIsScarier as you never ''see'' the dog chasing the fox, only its haunting barks and howls that never stops following her no matter how fast or far she runs, until she is finally driven into the hunter's line of sight and killed. Later in the film when [[spoiler:Amos and Copper are searching for Tod in the reservation, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xaf5bihE1j0&index=18&list=PLLQyrCIfk22enyoL0qzYa8JekFySl9I5C another haunting melody]] plays in the background as Copper is tracking through the woods, with the occasional shot of animals hiding as they see him.]] There's also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2Ivf2F0X5k&list=PLLQyrCIfk22enyoL0qzYa8JekFySl9I5C&index=13 a pretty terrifying score]] playing the second time Chief chases Tod.


** Copper getting mercilessly swatted by the bear is pretty brutal, even for Disney. So brutal in fact, that even ''Tod'', the fox he's been tracking down is ''horrified'' to see his childhood friend nearly getting killed in a vicious fight. You ''DON'T'' even wanna imagine what would've happened if Tod hadn't decided to rush in and save his friend...

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** Copper getting mercilessly swatted by the bear is pretty brutal, even for Disney. So brutal in fact, that even ''Tod'', the fox he's been tracking down is ''horrified'' to see his childhood friend nearly getting killed in a vicious fight. You ''DON'T'' even wanna imagine what would've happened if Tod hadn't It truly is a relief that he nobly decided to rush in and save his friend... friend.


* Tod's death. He's not shot, not caught in a trap, not ripped apart by dogs. He's chased for more than 24 hours by Copper, until he drops dead of exhaustion moments before Copper even reaches his body.

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** Later on, his first mate is also caught in a trap, and doesn't get out again.
* Tod's death. He's not shot, not caught in a trap, not ripped apart by dogs. He's chased for more than 24 hours by Copper, until he drops dead of exhaustion moments before Copper even reaches his body.body.
* The death of Tod's first litter. His biggest pup gets into the habit of stealing chickens, and draws the ire of a farmer, who calls on Copper's master to help. They find the den, and pump car exhaust into it. Since there's only one tunnel, it's a death trap.


* The effects of rabies and strychnine on their victims. And the way strychnine just ''keeps'' passing up the food chain. Both are made all the more awful by being chilling TruthInTelevision.

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* The effects of rabies and strychnine on their victims. And the way strychnine just ''keeps'' passing up the food chain. Both are made all the more awful by being chilling TruthInTelevision.TruthInTelevision.
** The rabies outbreak is almost like a ''zombie'' outbreak, the way the foxes and other animals slowly succumb to agonizing illness and mindless aggression.
* A lot of Tod's closer shaves with death are ''horrifying.'' In particular, he gets a few close calls when he learns about steel traps, but always figures out ways to spring them safely, and begins to make a game out of doing so. Then one day he pushes his luck too far, is fooled by a new bit added onto a trap to make it spring easily, and gets caught. He escapes and keeps his foot, but not without essentially ripping himself free, and he's slightly crippled from that point on.
* Tod's death. He's not shot, not caught in a trap, not ripped apart by dogs. He's chased for more than 24 hours by Copper, until he drops dead of exhaustion moments before Copper even reaches his body.

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* Chief getting hit by the oncoming train in his obsessive effort to kill Tod. Even Amos is shouting at him to get out of the way, and all Chief can do is look upon the train in sheer terror as he realizes his mistake far too late, and is sent flying into the ravine below much to Copper's grief. It truly is a miracle that the worst he suffered was a busted leg. Unfortunately, it also triggers Copper's newfound hatred for Tod as he vows revenge for his friend's brush with death.


** It gets even scarier on Amos' part: that was a protected forest, so he was never supposed to be there in the first place. There wouldn't be any other people for miles around. He is essentially AloneWithThePsycho in the middle of the wilderness, and this bear could snap his bones like toothpicks. Thank goodness Copper was there to come to the rescue!

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** It gets even scarier on Amos' part: that was a protected forest, so he was never supposed to be there in the first place. There wouldn't be any other people for miles around. He is essentially AloneWithThePsycho in the middle of the wilderness, and with this bear that could snap his bones like toothpicks.toothpicks. The look of sheer, utter ''terror'' that comes over his face as he sees the bear emerge from its den and loom up over him on its hind feet speaks volumes. Thank goodness Copper was there to come to the rescue!




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* Just the way the movie opens itself is enough to instill a sense of foreboding dread in the viewer. It opens on an OminousFog-shrouded screen with no music at all, apart from a low, keening wind that just ''sounds'' cold before the film's title card appears on the screen, which itself lends to the opening's ominous atmosphere. Something about the font and its color, which is so similar in tone to the fog in the background it feels as if the title is forming out of the fog itself, just sets your hair on end, and lets you know right from the get-go that this is ''[[DarkerAndEdgier not]]'' going to be your standard happy-go-lucky Disney film.

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