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Jun 12, During the movie's opening credits, Tod's mom is running away from a hunter It's pretty obvious that Tod and Copper were very close friends. Meanwhile, her neighbor, a hunter, brings home a hound puppy named Copper intent on raising him to be a hunting dog. Tod and Copper soon meet and. He becomes best friends with Copper the hound dog, despite the fact that the Tod meets Vixey. . Copper meets them there and convinces the band to reform.
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Vixey is renamed to Trixie, most likely because her original name sounds similar to wichsen, a German word for masturbating. Additionally, Tod pronounced "toad" in German means death in German. Aversion, as Slade only poaches once in the film, but that is out of revenge.
Copper pulls this off after Chief was nearly killed. Between, well, a fox and a hound. Friend or Idol Decision: He chooses the latter.
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The grizzly that appears in the climax. At the very end, when Copper positions himself against Tod to prevent Amos from shooting him.
Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Boomer goes full Wile E Coyote after pecking through the branch on which he was standing. The bear at the end of the film gets a similar treatment after slashing through the log on which it's standing, but it's not nearly as comedic. Chief and Copper's roles are reversed from the original novel; here Chief is the aging hound and Copper the new favorite of whom he becomes jealous.
The badger's shown to be a cantankerous animal who doesn't want anyone entering his den. It doesn't take much for the badger to get annoyed.
The original story was an allegory for racism separating two friends. The film is sometimes interpreted as depicting an innocent summer romance between two boys torn asunder by divergent career paths and the folly of machismo. Sometimes it is seen as showing how men repress their feelings as they come of age, and lose touch with their innocence.
Amos has this when Copper prevents him from shooting Tod at the end. Copper himself had one after the Black Bear battle. Chief may count as well. While he serves an antagonistic role at the time, Copper still deserves major credit for trying to protect his master from a giant, ferocious bear. Just as he's about to be killed, it switches to Heroic Fox. Hoist by His Own Petard: Amos gets caught in his own bear trap.
Averted with the kind and protective widow. Played straight with the hunters at the beginning and with Amos until the end. Chief tries to milk his leg injury for sympathy, but later thinks Amos is making too big a deal out of his own leg pain when the Widow is dressing his wounds.
The two of them have obviously had their breed tweaked a little bit to look more cartoony and "handsome". Irish Wolfhounds are also the largest dog breed in the world, meaning Chief should have been much bigger.
Amos Slade bears more than a little resemblance to Jack Albertson. How Walt Disney Studios managed to look at what reads like a fictionalized documentary about the life and times of a mongrel hunting dog and a human-reared wild fox who live through bear hunts, rabies epidemics, and the rise of suburbia among other things and thought it would make a wonderful talking animals cartoon about racism is a mystery for the ages. Amos and Copper go hunting for Tod but end up running into a giant, pissed off bear.
The hunters become the hunted and it's up to Tod to save them. It's All My Fault: Copper blames himself for Chief's accident on the grounds that he let Tod go. Vixey is afraid to enter a copse when she realizes it's too quiet, while Tod has no such qualms and narrowly avoids falling foul of Copper, Amos' shotgun and a shitload of bear traps.
Copper also falls into this when he is sniffing for Tod up the cliff and picks up a new scent—from a giant bear! The badger is a jerk to the porcupine and Tod. Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Amos Slade sparks off the end conflict by poaching on a petty vendetta, hunting on a game preserve, which nearly gets Tod, Copper, and himself killed. Yet everyone lives, and the only thing Slade gets out of it is an injured foot.
Poaching can get you arrested, hunting license or not. The huge, dark bear eventually appearing during Amos and Copper's chase.
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Compared to the book, but for the most part, it remains significantly darker in tone than usually expected from Disney. Tweed when Slade tries to shoot Tod for thinking the fox was chasing his chickens. Big Mama is this with Tod and Vixey.
As mentioned previouslymost covers for the film feature the bear in the background. Tod is an old English word for a fox. However, he is named this by Tweed because he's "such a little toddler". Vixey sounds very similar to "vixen" which is a female fox. Tod's mom is shot during the opening credits. Who shot her is unknown it is unlikely that Amos Slade shot her because at that time he is buying Copper and his original hunting dog Chief was asleep in his introduction.
Copper has two of these: Copper when he blames himself for letting Tod escape, thus inadvertently causing Chief to get hurt. Tod saves Copper from the bear, and barely survives plummeting down a waterfall with it, leaving the fox, weak and exhausted, collapsing at the riverbank. Copper approaches, amazed that Tod—the very fox he tried to hunt—saved his life, despite everything that happened, and now feels genuinely remorseful for what he's done to him.
He then steps in between Amos's gun and Tod, causing Amos to come to his senses and lower his gun. Not the Fall That Kills You: Played rather accurately in the cases where a character falls from a very high place. Both Chief and Tod survive their respective falls due to being lightweight and conveniently suspended over water.
The larger, heavier bear at the climax of the film isn't so lucky and gets a Disney Villain Death. Not What It Looks Like: Much of Amos's vendetta with Tod is caused by the latter framing himself as antagonizing his property. At one point Amos spots him mid chase with Chief after a bunch of chickens have been let out of the coup and are outrunning Tod.
A more tragic case happens later on. While chasing Tod across a bridge, Chief ends up getting knocked off by a bridge.
When Copper arrives on the scene, he sees Tod on the bridge and immediately believes that he knocked Chief off, thus leading him to declare revenge. Chief gets one before getting hit by the train.Fox and the hound: Todd meets Copper
Copper gets one when he's sniffing around for Tod and smells a bear. Amos gets one in the same scene when he sees it. Amos Slade's family-like devotion to both his dogs serves to make him Not So Different from Widow Tweed and brings him closer to Anti-Villain territory. Dinky and Boomer - and considering how incredibly sad this movie can be, their comic relief is very much needed. When standing up to Slade at the end, Copper gives a defiant but earnest use of this trope.
Tod, the more idealistic of the two, gives many of these over the course of the film as well. Tod is raised by an old widow woman after his real mother is killed by hunters. Despite the obvious child-friendly changes from the original novel that inspired this film, at the end the most Tod and Copper can do is treasure the friendship that they once had, while they'll likely never be together again.
It still remains one of the very few animated Disney movies to have a Bittersweet Ending. Red Eyes, Take Warning: The bear has a pair of frightening ones. Copper and Slade blame Tod for crippling Chief for a while and try to kill him for it. Squeaks the caterpillar who becomes a butterfly at the end. Tod and Copper also count while they're little. Vixey doesn't get much characterization beside being a sweet vixen who becomes Tod's mate.
In the climax, Tod saves Amos Slade and Copper from the bear. Tod and Copper's final interaction after the former saved the latter from the bear. No words are exchanged between them, Copper convinces Amos Slade to finally leave Tod alone, then Tod and Copper simply give each other a small smile to let each other know they're not enemies anymore.
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Big Mama, deliberately hooking Tod and Vixey up together. The saddest scene in the entire film. Sliding Scale of Adaptation Modification: It has very little in common with the original novel that inspired it. Spared by the Adaptation: Tod, Copper, Chief, and Vixey. Squeaks the Caterpillar and the bear. Subverted with respect to Tod.
Amos, Chief, and Copper technically make it up but Copper only actually starts hunting Tod with Amos Slade after Chief is put out of commission. Played straight during their winter hunting trip, though. This is the last Disney animated film to end with these two words, along with "A Walt Disney Production". Return to the Sea. Both Coppers, meanwhile, do a U-turn with their respective characters, with one reneging on his decision to spare the fox and former friend, and the other seemingly happy to avenge the death of his former rival.
Having a hunter and a bloodhound on your trail certainly makes life more interesting, especially in the great outdoors. Raised on human cuddles, food and a warm basket by the fire, Tod is utterly clueless at what to do and not only faces the wrath of a badger when he tries to take shelter, but gets woken the next day by an arse full of spines from a porcupine who took pity on him and let him stay his burrow.
As an adult, in addition to teasing and outwitting the dogs, he both works out how to and becomes addicted to springing gin traps, regardless of whether they are set upright or upside down, which must have caused many a WTF moment among the hunters. Throughout his life of leading his pursuers into cow stampedes and cow catchers, he also survives an epidemic of rabies that annihilates the other foxes, including a violent encounter with a rabid fox, and survives the subsequent wave of poisonings used to wipe them out.
Foxy Lady Disney version While Big Mama flaps through the forest looking for Tod she bumps into Vixy, who professes an obvious interest in any new and handsome fox in the area. In comparison to Friend Owl, Big Mama encourages the pair to meet, and Tod is utterly star stuck by this alluring female, telling her her name is beautiful rather than asking if her parents had any imagination.
Anyone who lives near wild foxes will sympathise with the animals in their neighbourhood that night. After the deed he wants to go off on his own, but eventually decides to stay with her and help raise their cubs.
The parents escape, but the vixen later comes a cropper in a gin trap. He finds her cowering, dirty and uninterested in anything, but manages to convince her of his awesomeness and they also have a family together.
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This time, she is happy for him to choose a den for them and he picks one with plenty of escape routes lest they enjoy the same fate as his last set of cubs. This defeats the point of Tod hanging around his mate and offspring, so he eventually tires of family life too.
In the film and book Tod needs some help with his first romantic encounter, and luckily the vixen is already on board to make things easier. The Disney version only includes the possibility of cubs, which is probably a good thing considering the Mannix version has a terrible track record, even with his survival skills, and of course we only see Tod have one girlfriend.
Another difference is that the issue of progress rears its head again in the novel — that of the countryside becoming developed and the negative change in the foxes as a result. Any change that Disney Tod sees is good, as he begins to enjoy his life in the woods and starts to adapt by dating a local.
A Hunt to End All Hunts Disney version Copper and Amos sneak into the game preserve armed with gin traps, most of which Amos places along a very specific route through the forest. Just to reinforce how bad his luck is, Tod chooses this one route when he and Vixy go for a drink of water, and they narrowly escape both metal and canine jaws as Copper lunges after them.
Trapped, the foxes appear doomed as Amos tries to smoke them out, but Tod and Vixy brave the flames and charge up the mountainside to safety. As Copper and Amos scramble up after them, a huge grizzly bear wakes up and has a huge and satisfying stretch. Instinctively Amos fires a shot into its shoulder, so the understandably irked bear goes for him and Copper.
The bear slaps him about until Tod has a crisis of conscience and tears down the mountainside, hurling himself into the fray to save them. Cornered precariously over a waterfall on a log bridge, Tod believes this is it, until the bear is accommodating and basically kills itself by swiping said bridge in half with its own paw. Fox and bear then tumble down into the misty spray. Over the years, the other dogs die off, the other hunters move away and more and more housing estates crop up, leaving Copper and his master all alone.
He eventually collapses and lies waiting for the inevitable as the master and Copper gain ground. Disney also introduce the bear as an even bigger enemy for the characters, one which also unites them, and unlike the book Copper is brave and tries to defend Amos from its claws. The hunt is also over fairly quickly in comparison to the novel, where it spans many years and becomes a lifelong vendetta rather than what is arguably an impulse kill. With the foxes now cornered or possibly dead, will the dog and his master do the deed?
The Fox and the Hound Disney version A dishevelled and broken Tod crawls out from the waterfall and collapses in the water, with no sign of the bear anywhere. Copper, with both a confused and blown mind, stands on the shore not knowing what to do, at least until Amos wearily approaches with his trusty shotgun and aims at the fox.
The fox and the hound then exchange an exhausted but knowing smile before going their separate ways. Later, back at the ranch, Widow Tweedy dutifully checks the bandage of the man who swore to kill her pet, and Copper lies in his kennel, reminiscing about his friendship with Tod. Tod himself sits on a hillside overlooking the houses, disconcertingly within the range of a gun, and appears to reminisce just as deeply before being distracted by his lady friend.
When the bloodhound finally catches up with his quarry, he can barely walk and has just about enough energy to finish the job before collapsing on top of him. The fox is skinned and then nailed to the wall, and for a time, Copper and his master enjoy heroic status for killing the last one in the area. Unfortunately, this is not an option. The one thing linking the film to the original here is the hound standing over the fox. This is in contrast to the film where the humans both relent when shown the error of their ways and also put any grievances to rest, i.
Tweedy helping Amos with his bandages in spite of their previous arguments. Copper and Tod also acknowledge their friendship and part ways peacefully, as opposed to being united in death. Namely how societal rules can force people and friendships apart, and how doing the right thing for your friends and family can be painful, both emotionally and physically, especially if a grizzly bear is involved.
It also hammers home the importance of loyalty and tolerance, as long as those societal rules are adhered to. In fact, progress is the evil monster in the book as it can take away the warmth of relationships Todyour personal liberties the masteror your way of life, although your actual life may be taking it a bit far Copper.
The bloodhounds are also obedient and fiercely loyal to those closest to them, even if this is at odds with others they have met in their lives. The moral of the story?