Parents' Guide to

The Fox and the Hound

By Michael Scheinfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Heartwarming tale of friendship, but expect some peril.

Movie G 1981 83 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 2+

Great movie

It is a very good movie and taught my kids many life lessons. I would recommend it to anybody
age 9+

Mature-er emotions

I watched this as a kid and was fine, but I went hunting as a child and also Disney movies were all a little darker than they are now. With that I would keep that in mind while watching this movie. It has dark themes like death, betrayal, and abandonment. Even though it is made light-hearted with cute characters, one may need to watch out for this one.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (29 ):

While the movie isn't quite in the same category as some of the studio's vintage classics, it's an entertaining, touching, and vibrantly animated tale that the whole family is sure to enjoy. The animation features a blend of old-fashioned, hand-drawn imagery with dynamic, colorful action. The excellent voice cast includes Kurt Russell as the grown Copper, Mickey Rooney as the grown Tod, Paul Winchell (the longtime voice of Tigger in Winnie the Pooh), Corey Feldman as the young Copper, and Pearl Bailey as a motherly owl.

Although the plot deals with the serious subjects of maturity and loss of innocence, there's also plenty of humor. However, the climactic fight with the bear is pretty realistic, and may be a little too intense for younger kids. The bittersweet finale, where the fox and the hound smile at each other, then go their separate ways, knowing they can never really be friends anymore, is particularly poignant and will bring a tear to the eye of anyone who has grown up and lost a friend.

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