Set during Tod and Copper's childhood, Copper is worried that he's no good as a hunting dog. When a county fair rolls into town, Copper and Tod wander off to see the sights the fair has to offer. There they come across "The Singin' Strays", a band of singing hounddogs who are hoping to be picked up by a talent scout. When Dixie, the diva of the band, leaves after an argument with the band's leader Cash, Copper is picked up as her replacement. In order to stay with the band, Tod lies and claims that Copper is a stray. But their friendship is soon strained when Copper starts paying less to attention to him and more on his role in the band.
This film provides examples of:
- Anthropomorphic Shift: The characters in the original film were perfectly average for the most part. This makes the much more anthropomorphic Singing Strays stand out.
- Children Are Innocent
- Conspicuous CG: A few scenes, particularly the circus vehicles.
- Demoted to Extra: 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 his abandonment.
- Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit: The talent scout, who ends up being the designated Butt-Monkey in the second film.
- It Is Pronounced Tro Pay: Can be justified as Cash is a stray mutt that can't be expected to know how to properly pronounce the word, but he pronounces "Entourage" as "Ahn-too-rajy". Though at least he knows it's French.
- Lighter and Softer: The tone sticks strictly to the sweetly tone of the first half of the original movie, with the comical banter amped Upto Eleven.
- Motor Mouth: One part of "We're In Harmony" turns out to be a whole verse of this, which eventually gets so fast that by the time they're done the Strays are out of breath.
- Pie in the Face: Mentioned below.
- Shaking the Rump: Tod, Dixie, Zelda and the other animals do this during the song "Good Doggie, No Bone".
- Shown Their Work: Tod can't sing because his species sounds like this.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Cash and Dixie's relationship is mainly like this, as they argue with one another enough that the other three members of the Strays just sit and watch without a hint of looking uncomfortable at the sight, and Granny Rose remarks that if Cash "disliked" Dixie anymore than he claimed they would have to get married. When they're first introduced, Cash also says Dixie has a voice like an angel with the looks to match, and even says "Gosh, I missed you," when he and Dixie finally make up at the end (helped along by a good bit of nuzzling and meaningful looks).
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Dixie and Zelda suffer their fair share of Amusing Injuries.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: "The Singin' Strays". So much focus was removed from Tod because of them (though considering part of the plot is Copper hanging out with them so much Tod feels abandoned, that was likely intentional). Given how much the tone of the midquel drifts from the original film, it almost looks like the franchise was plastered onto the story of the band as a last second idea.
- Talks Like a Simile: Evoked, over and over and over again.
- A Truce While We Gawk: 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(Pie in the Face)
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Big Mama, Dinky and Boomer are nowhere to be seen.