HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Beach Bum, The
Kill Ben Lyk
Into the Mirror
Support the Girls
Werewolf
Little Monsters
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans
Pentathlon
Anna
Moulin Rouge
Ray & Liz
African Queen, The
Helen Morgan Story, The
Golem, Der
Yentl
Finishing Line, The
Triple Threat
Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians, The
Driven
Planet of the Dinosaurs
Gwen
Big Breadwinner Hog
Thunder Road
Moby Dick
Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie
Mad Room, The
Phantom of the Megaplex
Night Sitter, The
Child's Play
Power, The
Midsommar
After Midnight
Dolemite is My Name
Varda by Agnes
Toy Story 4
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy
Man Who Never Was, The
Greener Grass
Scobie Malone
   
 
Newest Articles
Please Yourselves: Frankie Howerd and The House in Nightmare Park on Blu-ray
Cleesed Off: Clockwise on Blu-ray
Sorry I Missed You: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort on Blu-ray
Silliest of the Silly: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 1 on Blu-ray
Protest Songs: Hair on Blu-ray
Peak 80s Schwarzenegger: The Running Man and Red Heat
Rock On: That'll Be the Day and Stardust on Blu-ray
Growing Up in Public: 7-63 Up on Blu-ray
Learn Your Craft: Legend of the Witches and Secret Rites on Blu-ray
70s Psycho-Thrillers! And Soon the Darkness and Fright on Blu-ray
Split: Stephen King and George A. Romero's The Dark Half on Blu-ray
Disney Post-Walt: Three Gamechangers
But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci: Tony Hancock's The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man on Blu-ray
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood: Interview with Director Rene Perez
Shit-Eating Grim: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom on Blu-ray
Stallone's 80s Action Alpha and Omega: Nighthawks and Lock Up
Python Prehistory: At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set on DVD
You Could Grow to Love This Place: Local Hero on Blu-ray
Anglo-American: Joseph Losey Blu-ray Double Bill - The Criminal and The Go-Between
Marvel's Least Loved and Most Loved: Fantastic 4 vs Avengers: Endgame
Battle of the Skeksis: The Dark Crystal Now and Then
American Madness: Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss on Blu-ray
Flight of the Navigator and the 80s Futurekids
Trains and Training: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 13 on DVD
Holiday from Hell: In Bruges on Blu-ray
   
 
  Fox and the Hound, The Friendly RivalryBuy this film here.
Year: 1981
Director: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Art Stevens
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Jack Albertson, Sandy Duncan, Jeanette Nolan, Pat Buttram, John Fiedler, John McIntire, Richard Bakalyan, Paul Winchell, Keith Coogan, Corey Feldman
Genre: Animated, Adventure
Rating:  6 (from 2 votes)
Review: A mother fox is racing across the countryside with her young son in her jaws, fleeing from a hunter and his dogs. Realising she cannot shake them, the vixen pauses at a fence near a cottage and hides the infant, then rushes off to meet her doom: a shot rings out and the little fox is now an orphan. All this is observed by Big Mama the owl (voiced by Pearl Bailey) and she does not wish to stand by and watch a small creature perish, so with the help of two of her bird friends she attracts the attention of the cottage's owner, Widow Tweed (Jeanette Nolan), who calls the fox Tod and adopts him. So how about a friend for the little guy?

You can guess by the title who that friend will be, in this, the Disney film that made a generation of eighties kids cry. Obviously patterned after Bambi, what with the death of the mother character happening barely a minute after the opening credits are over, the film has a confused attitude to nature, settling on cutesy depictions of the animals when it suits the filmmakers, then going for a less sentimental approach for some degree of realism in the characters' relationships.

This was based on the novel by Daniel P. Mannix, and production suffered when many of the animators left the project while it was still uncompleted, yet the professionalism of this studio shone through nevertheless, making this look better than many of the seventies efforts that had been criticised for their unimpressive animation. Rest assured the facial expressions and animal movements are very satisfying, and the rural landscapes evoke the forest idyll of Bambi in the best way, although this is still very much in the shadow of that classic.

The hound in this tale is Copper, a hunting dog owned by irascible, shotgun-wielding Amos (Jack Albertson), and brought to his cottage as a puppy. Naturally, there is a spot of cross-species friendship between the two little animals, with Copper voiced by Corey Feldman and Tod by Keith Coogan, and scenes of frolicking in the country follow, all of which are intended to make you go "Awww..." and set you up for the tragedy to come. Except it's not as tragic as it could have been because the filmmakers ensure that nobody dies after the first five minutes, so it's the loss of friendship that tugs at the heartstrings.

In truth, Watership Down did this kind of nature in all its conflicting emotions far better, and there are times where you feel the script is laying on the weepie aspect a little too thick. For example, when Tod (now Mickey Rooney) and Copper (Disney favourite Kurt Russell) grow up, they are forced apart by their roles in life, and to prevent Tod being killed by Amos after he accidentally injures the hunter's other dog, the widow has to take the fox away for his own safety. This grows ridiculous when not only is Tod abandoned in an unfamiliar wood, but then a chilly wind blows up, the rain starts and to top it all a thunderstorm erupts overhead - all right, we get the idea! The film laments the way the leads have to fit their function in life when they could easily have gotten along fine, but this at least is not overstressed. It's that conflicted view of nature that offers not only a bear attack - yes, animals do eat other animals - and a caterpillar that spends over a year in that state without transforming into a butterfly for comedy reasons; it's an awkward tone to be striving for. Music by Buddy Baker.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2264 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
  Rachel Franke
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: