The Fox and the Hound 2 DVD Review
Title: The Fox and the Hound 2
Now available for the first time on Blu-ray Hi-Def are The Fox and the Hound and The Fox and the Hound 2, two classic tales of the unlikely friendship between a hunting dog and a domesticated fox. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Fox and the Hound, Disney has released both films in one set.
It has actually been years since I last viewed The Fox and the Hound. Out of any Disney movie I have ever seen, The Fox and the Hound had the most emotional impact on me. I really got caught up in the friendship between Tod and Copper, and wanted nothing but the best for them. I was a little nervous starting up the movie, and made sure I had a box of tissues nearby in case I needed them. Even though it’s probably been 16 years since I last saw the movie, it still touched me and even brought back some pre-teen memories of what it was like when my best friend became friends with a girl who I had never been able to get along with. The Fox and the Hound is one of those rare movies that can speak to people of all ages; we’ve all been through similar tests of friendship like Tod and Copper have.
When Tod and Copper first meet, they have no idea that they are supposed to be prey and predator. They have this incredible innocence about them, and it makes for a bittersweet friendship. As they grow older, they become more aware of what their roles are going to be like when Copper becomes a true hunting dog. Even when Copper has Tod cornered, he’s not able to sound the howl that will bring Amos and his gun running to add Tod to his prized furs and other trophies. At one point Copper feels very betrayed by Tod, blaming him for Chief’s unfortunate accident. Though things aren’t looking great for Tod, he heals from losing his best friend, and even meets a girl. Once again Copper has the opportunity to capture Tod, but he can’t do it. Despite who they have grown up to be, a small part of each of them remembers their childhood games and they are still loyal to that memory.
Watching it through an adult’s eyes was a very new experience. I paid more attention to the breathtaking backgrounds, the interactions between Amos and the widow, and the voice acting. When I watched the credits roll, I was surprised to see how many names I was familiar with. A young Corey Feldman voices lends his voice to young Copper, Kurt Russell voices the adult Copper, and Mickey Rooney is wonderful as the adult Tod. The Fox and the Hound is worthy of finding a home on any Disney movie collector’s media shelf.
I’ve always known there was a sequel to The Fox and the Hound, but I never had the opportunity to see it until now. I watched both movies with my daughter, but she seemed to prefer The Fox and the Hound 2 over the original. If you’ve never seen The Fox and the Hound 2 before, I’d recommend waiting a few days after watching the 1981 classic before starting the sequel. The Fox and the Hound 2 isn’t a direct sequel; rather it takes us back to Tod’s and Copper’s youth when they were still the very best of friends. The Fox and the Hound 2 was developed over a decade after the original, so the young men that provided the voices of Tod and Copper as kids were too old to reprise their roles. Waiting a few days to watch the sequel means less of a chance that you’ll compare the voices and perhaps be disappointed that they don’t sound the same. There are also differences with some of the animation and color between the two movies that I thought were very noticeable.
I made it about 10 minutes into The Fox and the Hound 2 when I tried watching it the same night as the first movie. Several days later I tried again, and found the experience to be more enjoyable. Though I still like the original movie better, I did like The Fox and the Hound 2 for being a bit–happier. The hurt feelings and misunderstandings between Tod and Copper are less heavy, Amos and the widow almost seem to “like like” each other, and the new cast of characters (the Singin’ Strays, notably) are highly entertaining. Music is really important to this movie, and country music fans will especially like the tracks sung by Reba McEntire and Patrick Swayze.
Be sure to check out the 2 movie collection of The Fox and the Hound and The Fox and the Hound 2 available in stores now!
*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions are based only on my experiences with the product.*