The Fox and the Hound (1981)

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‘Copper, you’re my very best friend’

‘And you’re mine too Tod’

We’ll always be best friends forever, won’t we?

‘Yeah, forever’

Ted Berman directed this Disney film about  orphaned fox Tod (Mickey Rooney) and a hound dog named Copper (Kurt Russell) who become unlikely friends but are separated by the social pressures around them.

I remember seeing this film for the first time when I was small and being attracted to it- perhaps because it was about unlikely friendships and the fact it had a melancholic soundtrack.

The poignancy at the end when the two friends conflicts are resolved hits a sad note. The two animals  have the memories of their friendship, but they know they will never see each other again. I guess it reflects on real life, when you have been friends with someone and due to circumstances you are apart, but you thrive on the memories you had when you were friends.

As a young child the giant bear towards the end of the film very scary.

I found it interesting The Fox and the Hound was based on a book by Daniel P Marnix and was the first animated feature in the 1980s to use computer graphics .

A nostalgic little film.

My rating: 4/5

Goodbye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end. But in my heart’s the memory, and there you’ll always be.

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