The Fox and the Hound 2

 
Milder than the original and full of country music charm.
  • Review Date: December 18, 2006
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 69 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

A small music lesson for little ones about harmony.

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff

Dogs rub up against each other and bat their eyes as shows of affection. Amos runs out the door showing his heart boxers.

Language

"Woman!" "Dang it all," "bad dog," and "blow it out your ear."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's the story?

Copper's lack of hunting talent is a major disappointment to his owner and the senior hunting dog, Chief (Rob Paulsen), so they leave Copper (voiced by Harrison Fahn) home while they go enjoy a traveling fair. In an attempt to cheer up his self-critical friend, Tod (Jonah Bobo) frees Copper so they can visit the fair as well. Entertainment at this lively carnival includes the "Singing Strays," a group of howling dogs led by Cash (Patrick Swayze) and fronted by diva dog Dixie (Reba McEntire). When Dixie stomps off in huff, Copper discovers that he's a natural addition to the group. Soon he and Cash are buddy-buddy while Tod plays second fiddle and waits for his friend to return. Dixie and Tod work together to derail the new friendship that threatens both of them.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

The 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." 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Tod and Copper's unlikely friendship and what it's like to befriend someone very different from you. How do they support each other?

  • You can also talk about Copper's participation in the band and the problems it caused. Have you ever had a big argument with a close friend? How did you work it out?

  • If you put a family band together, what would everyone play?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 12, 2006
DVD release date:December 12, 2006
Cast:Jeff Foxworthy, Patrick Swayze, Reba McEntire
Director:Jim Kammerud
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Wild animals
Run time:69 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:general audiences

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Adult Written bygcr April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old December 11, 2010
age 2+
 

Perfect For Any Age.. but watch the first one before this.

I don't think anything is wrong with this movie. Most sequels are a bit kiddish.. (EX :: Balto 2 & 3, All Dogs Go To Heaven 2) but you can still enjoy them. I'm totally in love with Dixie. Reba did such a good job with her character.. in fact, every person did a wonderful job. I even enjoyed one of the songs. (Good Doggy, No Bone) A little childish for older kids, yes, but they'll probably like it. The only let down is that the first one ended with Todd and Copper as adults.. but, Copper is a pup and Tod is a kit (yup.. baby foxes are kits.) again?
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Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008

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