100 Facts About Fox and the Hound

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The Fox and the Hound was one of those movies that I used to cry and cry at as a kid. Some of the scenes in this movie were just heart wrenching. Luckily, I’d already been heavily traumatised by the Lion King, but more about that later on in the year.

I don’t hear this film talked about often, which is a shame because overall I think it’s a pretty solid Disney movie. Here’s 100 facts to show you why.

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  1. The Fox and the Hound was released on July 10th
  2. This was four years after production on the film had started.
  3. The film was released on a double bill with the featurette Once Upon A Mouse.
  4. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions.
  5. The film is loosely based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name.
  6. Almost every aspect of the novel was either changed or eliminated entirely.
  7. Wolfgang Reitherman had originally read the novel and found it particularly touching, deciding it would make for a good animated feature.
  8. The film was directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich.
  9. It is the 24th film in the Disney Animated canon.
  10. At the time of its release, The Fox and the Hound was the most expensive animated produced to date costing $12 million.
  11. This was the last films that Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston worked on.
  12. The Fox and the Hound has a gross revenue of $63, 456, 988.
  13. The bears snarl is the same snarl used for Shere Kahn in The Jungle Book and for Brutus and Nero in the Rescuers.
  14. The name Tod is derived from the Middle English word ‘todde’ which means fox.
  15. The last Disney animated feature to simply end with a ‘The End; Walt Disney Productions’ credit.
  16. Tim Burton did the character animation for the character Vixey but remained uncredited.
  17. With Vixey being very different from the dark style Burton was used to, he would only animate her from afar at first.
  18. It wasn’t until he grew to love the character that he would do close up work of her.
  19. Originally, when Chief got hit by the train, he was supposed to die, which was meant to fully justify Coppers revenge at Tod.
  20. It was decided that an on-screen death was not something the studio wanted and so the story was modified.
  21. Many animators protested this insisting that Chief had to die in order to give Copper a real reason to hate Tod.
  22. The scene was reanimated by Rany Cartwright to show Chiefs eyes opening and closing, reassuring the audience that he was not dead.
  23. Instead of dying, it was changed so that Chief would have a broken leg.
  24. This was the first animated feature to use computer graphics.
  25. Most of the CGI in this movie is shown during the scene where Amos Slade traps Tod and Vixey in the burrow.
  26. The National Stuttering Project targeted Boomer the stammering Woodpecker when protesting the film’s release to video.
  27. Production was delayed a year after many of the young animators left to join Crest Animation Studios.
  28. Producer Wolfgang Reitherman brought his son’s pet fox in as reference for the animators.
  29. John Lasseters first job after being hired by Walt Disney Animated Studio was the introduction of Copper.
  30. Lasseter also collaborated with Glean Keane who was tasked with animating the climactic battle between Tod and the bear.
  31. Kurt Russell did not record his lines for the film in his costume for Escape from New York as it was widely speculated.
  32. Because of the colour of his fur, the Bear is often thought to be an American black bear.
  33. Co-Director Art Stevens served as the live-action model for Amos Slade.
  34. This film was the last VHS in the Walt Disney Classics line
  35. Characters that were to be voiced by Phil Harris and Charo were deleted from the script during the early stages of production.
  36. These characters would be Cranes and would sing a song called Scoobie-Doobie Doobie Doo, Let Your Body Turn to Goo.
  37. Live action footage of Charo in a pink sweaty leotard were recorded for this scene.
  38. Fellow animators strongly disliked this scene idea and thought it distracted too much from the story.
  39. This was Richard Rich’s debut film as a director.
  40. This is he tenth Disney movie, but first animated one, that Kurt Russell starred in.
  41. This was Jack Albertson’s last theatrical film, released four months before his death.
  42. Jackie Cooper was considered for the voice of adult Copper.
  43. Both Lillian Gish and Helen Hayes turned down the voice role of Widow Tweed.
  44. Two actors played the part of the bear.
  45. Clarence Nash provided the sound of the snarls and roars while Candy Candido did the growls.
  46. The Fox and the Hound was originally scheduled to be released on Christmas Day of 1980, prior to Don Bluth leaving Walt Disney Productions.
  47. This is the only Disney animated film to star Pat Buttram but not George Lindsay as well.
  48. This was the last Disney animated film to have all the credits in the opening and only saying ‘The End, A Walt Disney Production’.
  49. It was also the final animated Disney film to use the old Buena Vista logo at the beginning.
  50. John McIntyre and his wife, Jeanette Nolan both voiced characters in this movie.
  51. McIntyre voiced the grumpy badger and Nolan voiced Widow Tweed,
  52. Widow tweed is only mentioned by name when Amos Slade calls her on her front door step.
  53. Mickey Rooney provides the voice of Tod the fox.
  54. During the part where Vixey shows Tod the forest, Tod’s lips don’t move when he asks her ‘Six what?’
  55. The Fox and the Hound was rereleased to theatres on March 25th
  56. Production on the film began in 1977.
  57. By late 1978, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and Cliff Nordberg had completed their animation.
  58. This marks the last film to have any involvement of Disney’s Nine Old Men who retired early into development.
  59. The soundtrack album for the film was released in 1981 by Walt Disney Records.
  60. Jim Stafford and Stan Fidel wrote the songs for the movie.
  61. Pearl Bailey provided the voice of Big Mama the owl as well as singing a few of the songs in the movie.
  62. The Fox and the Hound was first released on VHS on March 4th 1994 as the last video of the Walt Disney Classics collection.
  63. It was not included in the Walt Disney masterpiece Collection.
  64. On May 2nd 2000 it was release to region 1 DVD for the first time under the Walt Disney Gold Collection.
  65. A 25th anniversary special edition DVD was released on October 10th
  66. The film was released on Blu-Ray on August 9th 2011 to commemorate the films 30th
  67. Rotten Tomatoes have given the film a 69% approval rating.
  68. On its original release, the Fox and the Hound grossed 439.9million in domestic grosses.
  69. Its distributor rentals were reported to be $14.2million.
  70. Its international rentals grossed $43million.
  71. The film was awarded a Golden Screen Award in 1982,
  72. In the same year, it was also nominated for a Young Artist Award and the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film.
  73. The film however did not win either of the latter two awards.
  74. A comic adaption of the film was published in newspapers as part of Disney’s Treasury of Classic Tales.
  75. They were drawn by Richard Moore.
  76. Since 1981 and up to 2007, a few fox and the Hound Disney comics were produced in Italy, the Netherlands, Brazil, France and the USA.
  77. Sandy Duncan gave her voice to Vixey the Fox.
  78. The musical score was composed by Buddy Baker.
  79. Paul WInchell provided the voice of Boomer the Woodpecker.
  80. In one scene, Copper sniffs around a small brook however in the next shot, the water is gone.
  81. Tods collar disappears and reappears during the night hunt scene.
  82. James Melton and Jim Koford were editors on this movie.
  83. Shortly after the night hunt Big Mama is seen sleeping, however, owls are nocturnal so Big Mama should be awake at night.
  84. Jack Albertson provided the voice of Amos Slade
  85. This film marked a turning point for the Walt Disney Studios.
  86. The Fox and the Hound was the first feature film for many young and upcoming animators.
  87. This was the idea of then Disney CEO Ron Miller.
  88. These included Brad Bird, Tim Burton, Ron Clements and Glen Keane.
  89. The transition between animating teams meant that a lot of arguments about how to handle the story came about.
  90. The film included approximately 360 000 drawings, 110 000 painted cels and 1100 painted backgrounds.
  91. It took a total of 180 people including 24 animators to complete the film.
  92. Early in the films production, Don Bluth left the studios and took 11 animators with him.
  93. This was 17% of the animators gone from the Disney studios.
  94. Don Bluth had animated Widow Tweed and Abigail the cow with the team he took animating the rest of that sequence.
  95. They would later ask for no credit for the scenes they had animated.
  96. The Animated Movie Guide considered the film to be average but praised the voice work of Pearl Bailey as Big Mama.
  97. The All Movie Guide said that the film was ‘warm and amusing, if slightly dull entry in the Disney animated canon’.
  98. A direct to video follow up film titled Fox and the Hound 2 was released on December 12th
  99. Dick Bakalyan gave his voice to Dinky.
  100. Keith Mitchell and Corey Feldman gave their voices to young Tod and young Copper respectively.

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