I was a tween myself when the original The Fox and the Hound was released in 1981. It was Disney’s 24th animated film, and a new era for Disney as an all new generation of animators had taken the helm, marked by the release of The Fox and the Hound. This same team would lead Disney’s renaissance in the 80’s with favorites such as, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
The original Fox and the Hound has been digitally restored and packaged in a set with The Fox and the Hound 2 in a special 30th Anniversary 2-Movie Collection. The 2-Movie Collection includes both movies in a single 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack and makes for the perfect day of movie watching back to back as we did as a family.
The first Fox and the Hound is reminiscent of Bambi and Dumbo in its’ tale of friendship between an unlikely pair: Copper, a coonhound, and Tod the Fox. While best of friends as youngsters, their loyalty becomes tested later when Copper is trained to hunt foxes, including and especially Tod.
I loved hearing the voices of Hollywood legends, Mickey Rooney and Kurt Russell in the original and have much appreciation for the old-style animation of the film, which is such a contrast to the new animation style we’re all now familiar, CGI, as used in the prequel, The Fox and the Hound 2.
Made in 2006 by Disney Pixar, The Fox and the Hound 2 features the vocal talents of Patrick Swayze, Reba McEntire, Lucas Grabeel and Trisha Yearwood. It’s heart-warming good fun as we see the adventures of Copper and Tod before they grew up.
Both movies provide lots of laughs and in the tradition of Disney, lots of life lessons too.
Besides 2 great movies in one package, you also get bonus features in both the 3-Disc Blu-Ray combo pack and 2-Disc DVD Set:
• Unlikely Friends: A fun and fascinating Collection of Unlikely Friendships in the Animal Kingdom
• The Fox and the Hound:
• “Best of Friends” Sing-a-long
• Passing the Baton: Making of the Fox and the Hound
• The Fox and the Hound 2:
• “You Know I Will” Music Video
• The Making of the Music
Chris Bird is a designer, WAHM of one and pilot’s wife living in Colorado. She writes about family travel as Standby Traveling Mom on TravelingMom.com as well as her many misadventures and life in between at MamaBirdsBlog.com. Follow her on Twitter.
Disclosure: We were sent a free copy of this movie to review. Our opinions are our own and were not influenced by the review copy provided.