Disney's previous animated hit, The Rescuers, set the stage for what became a new era in Disney animation. The Fox and the Hound was created, mostly, by a new staff of Disney animators, also The Fox and the Hound marked the end of what some call the sketchy period.
The Fox and the Hound is the timeless story of a fox, Todd, and a hunting dog named Copper that become great friends, despite breaking one of Nature's toughest rules. Throughout their childhood, Todd and Copper play and have fun together, everytime feeling that they'll be friends forever, until one day, Copper grows up and feels in a different way about Todd, it is time to hunt him, just as his master, Amos Slade has taught him, with the help of an older hunting dog named Chief. Somehow I feel I liked Chief, although he was somewhat Amos' sidekick, I felt a bit of innocence in Chief's actions, he had been trained to kill, so chasing Todd wasn't an act of hatred, but responsability. The film features different songs, none of them can compite with Disney's musical league, but they are cute and pleasent. One of my favorites is "Best of Friends" which describes the two youngsters' friendship at the beginning. Also, there's a very loving character in the film, named Widow Tweed, who addopts Todd at the beginning of the film. W. Tweeds most memorable scene is the "Goodbye May Seem Forever" sequence, in which the old woman decides to leave Todd on his own, this is a sad sequence, probably what makes the film so sad. What was curious about The Fox and the Hound" was the lack of a happy ending, for some reason it seems that the conflicts weren't solved.
This DVD edition of The Fox and the Hound, does leave a lot to be desired, just like all the other Gold Classic Collection DVDs. This film has a great chance of becoming part of the new Masterpiece collection, so if you aren't such a big fun of the film, but do want to get it, I'd wait a little.