The Fox and the Hound (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Fox and the Hound (1981)



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

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

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Pearl Bailey
as Big Mama
Jeanette Nolan
as Widow Tweed
John Fiedler
as Porcupine
Corey Feldman
as Young Copper
Keith Mitchell
as Young Tod
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Critic Reviews for The Fox and the Hound

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

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.

August 10, 2011 | Full Review…

All charmingness aside, this cute but rather thinly plotted yarn exposes the cracks that were present in the pre-renaissance Disney empire.

September 3, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

September 3, 2008

A wounded and unresolved movie free of the expected Disney cutesiness and complacency.

October 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

One of the more homely Disney animated features.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fox and the Hound


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 movies made by the studio in the 1970s, especially how it feels rather perfunctory and watered down for children.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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 friendships told through the perspective of animals. As a baby fox and a puppy meet in the woods outside of their farm houses, they begin to bond, right before the puppy is taken away for a season to become a hunter. Upon returning, he no longer has the same emotions. Meeting new friends and having to accept that you just need to let old friends go is really what the underlying tone is here. That ideal is magnificent for kids and the fact that most adults showing their kids this film have most likely gone through this, is really something special. There is something in this film for all ages. Fantastic from start to finish, this is a brilliantly written children's film that is also great for adults. I love "The Fox and the Hound!"

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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 storyline, but one made with the love and craft that only old school Disney can produce. Kids will absolutely love it, while adults will revel in the nostalgia and feel all warm inside.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

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