The Fox and the Hound
The Fox and the Hound (1981)

The lifelong friendship between a fox cub and a bloodhound puppy provides the basis of this rollicking and tender animated tale from Disney.

Rated: G
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Release Date: July 10, 1981
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2000
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Fox and the Hound is a likeable, charming, unassuming effort that manages to transcend its thin, predictable plot.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Against all odds, a tear or two is effectively jerked, and there was enough skill on display to encourage some hope for the new generation of Disney animators, who made their debut here.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

This is a pretty, relentlessly cheery, old-fashioned sort of Disney cartoon feature, chock-full of bouncy songs of an upbeatness that is stickier than Krazy-Glue and played by animals more anthropomorphic than the humans that occasionally appear.

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Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

A work of both learned, assured poise and triumphant freshman determination, not far away from other benchmark-status works like Snow White or Pixar's Toy Story.

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Time Out

One of the more homely Disney animated features.

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R. L. Shaffer

The Fox and the Hound is a flawed, but effective kids' flick.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Sweet but a bit dull...Overall, the picture is good-hearted and colorful, with an ending that carries a nice touch of ambiguity about the tussle of nature and nurture. [Blu-ray]

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The bottom line, I suppose, is: Will kids like this movie? And the answer is, sure, I think so.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

not one of the studio's best efforts, but nonetheless it remains a fascinating product of an era of upheaval as well as a meaningful statement about the nature of prejudice

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Cloying and cutesy, a helpless callback to a number of truly classic movies that it couldn't hope to equal, let alone better.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The animation job is exceptional, but the songs are not that great and the simple story, while solid, suffers a bit from the same problems found in most of the… More
Directors Cat
what you've gt to do to come to a verdict is really to think about whether you think the fox and the hound will entertain kids, was it well drawn and was… More
KJ Proulx
Doing what Disney has always done best, "The Fox and the Hound" tells real human emotions through that of something else. In this instance, tested… More
Jim Careter
When I was a kid, me and my grampa would watch this all the time, and its still great. The story is great and is a wonderfil tale of love and friendship. A… More
Josh Lewis
An endearing and delightful 83 minute movie with lovable characters that will stick with you longer after the credits roll. It's a completely predictable… More
Drake Tsui
Arguably not for kids, the theme of "growing up" and "time changes" might not be very relatable; but at the same time they're… More