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Heartwarming / The Fox and the Hound

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"When you're the best of friends..."

  • Despite losing his real mother, Tod has two very loving and nurturing mother figures: Big Mama and the widow.
  • Tod and Copper's first meeting, where Copper is tracking a scent and when he realizes it belongs to Tod, he lets out the most adorable baby howl.
  • This exchange, which is repeated as an audio flashback at the end of the film when Tod and Copper are torn their separate ways, but know they will always be friends at heart.
    Tod: Copper, you're my very best friend.
    Copper: And you're mine, too, Tod.
    Tod: And we'll always be friends forever, won't we?
    Copper: Yeah, forever...
    • The small smiles they give one another before going their separate ways.
  • Tod and Vixey's Falling-in-Love Montage.
  • Squeaks turning into a butterfly at the end, and Dinky and Boomer deciding to let him go. Also very symbolic of the larger plot where the hunters and prey reconcile.
  • Copper and Chief's bonding.
  • During the fight with the bear when Amos Slade realizes just how outmatched Copper is and that all he can hope to do is aggravate and distract the bear, he abandons his attempts to escape the trap and instead tries to reach his gun. While subtle, it sort of highlights just how much he cares for Copper.
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  • Copper tracks down and mercilessly hunts Tod and his mate, looking like he won't hesitate for a second to kill him should he get a hold of him. Yet when Tod witnesses Copper about to be killed by a bear, he simply can't let it happen and rushes in to save his former best friend. The look of absolute amazement on Copper's face right as he stares at the exhausted fox who had just saved him despite everything that had happened really sells it.
  • After the fight with the bear, it seems that Amos Slade will become an Ungrateful Bastard and blast the wounded Tod away. However, Copper, who earlier tried to kill Tod, stands up for Tod and pleads to Slade to be reasonable. This causes Slade to realize what he's about to do, and after he spends a moment feeling shameful about himself, he spares Tod's life.
    Amos: Well...come on, boy. Let's go home.
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  • Widow Tweed bandaging up Amos Slade at the end of the film. Mind you neither of them can stand one another and they plenty of reason to quarrel (foxes are known to kill farmers' chickens and Slade explicitly hunts foxes and he hated Todd). Yet Slade was willing to let Tweed help him and Tweed acts all fussing with him to make sure he gets proper care. Considering her willingness to help him in the first place, Amos probably didn't tell her the whole story of how he was injured.