A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A small music lesson for little ones about harmony.
Lessons that friends can come from many backgrounds, in remembering what's important -- friends come first, ambitions second -- and forgiveness.
Positive Role Models
Tod and Copper hit a rough patch with their friendship, but make amends and even say they're sorry.
Violence & Scariness
A near miss for a puppy and a truck, a cow is hit by a dart and causes a stampede, and another dog crashes into a barrel, but isn't hurt. Hunting guns discharge mistakenly, repeatedly. Amos ends up with a beehive on his head in one slapstick chase, but seems unhurt. A Ferris wheel tears loose from its moorings and careens through a fair, threatening but not hurting anyone.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Dogs rub up against each other and bat their eyes as shows of affection. Amos runs out the door showing his heart boxers.
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"Woman!" "Dang it all," "bad dog," and "blow it out your ear."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this straight-to-DVD sequel made 25 years after the first one is not really a sequel at all. It's a much milder story featuring Tod and Copper, young again, sneaking off to a county fair. Violence is mostly slapstick in nature with a runaway Ferris wheel and cow stampede. The lessons are lighter too, focusing on how to be a good friend and say sorry when you're not. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie moves along at a bouncy pace, rich with rapid-fire, homespun colloquialisms like "nervous as a flea on dip day" and "plain as a pig on a sofa." At the rather bittersweet end of Disney's 1981 Fox and the Hound, best friends Tod the fox and Copper the hound were grown up and going their own ways into adulthood. In THE FOX AND THE HOUND 2, Tod and Copper are rambunctious young friends again, chasing crickets and dreams of stardom in a roller coaster tale of friendship that's filled with country music and top-notch vocal and singing talent.
Funny side bits include a domineering girl guide who chaperones a music industry scout to within an inch of his life and a signature "shake on it" greeting between Tod and Copper. Country music fans of any age will appreciate the obvious care that went into the development of the movie's score, which includes bluegrass players of national caliber. Original songs recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Lucas Graebel (of High School Musical) enhance the story without being cloying.
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