The Fox and The Hound by Daniel P. MannixTo anyone else thinking of reading this, Its not the Disney film most children grew up with. This isnt a bad thing, in fact it gives the novel much more poignant depth than the film ever had in its cutesy friendship theme, but if youre an animal-lover, Id proceed with caution. The Fox and the Hound novel is also deeper in the sense that it highlights the intense cultural differences between the days of rural farm life and more developed 1960s society. The book begins in a world where hunting is less a sport and more a matter of survival and a way to make a living. As time goes on, the act of hunting becomes a way to settle an age-old vendetta. Im not sure how to feel about that. It seems rather petty to vow to dedicate your entire life towards hunting down a fox that got your pet dog killed. But I guess if youre the town wino who spends most of your time hunting anyway, youve got nothing better to do. Unlike the burly lumberjack-esque hunters of most classic fiction, this novel also features a female hunter alongside the guy and his dog, which was interesting - although, again, shes not the same gentle old widow Disney painted her out to be.
The Fox and the Hound was one of several books they pulled from the shelves at my elementary school (ironically they left Where the Red Fern Grows alone, and that was the one that had a dog getting disemboweled alive on a thorny tree branch). Id grown up just assuming the novel was a slightly less childish version of the Disney film, so it was a whole new experience to see the differences between the two. What I liked about the novel is that, as dark as it was, its not just a straightforward man-and-his-dog type story. Its a story of revenge getting out of control to the point of obsession. Im not sure it was ever intended to be purely a childrens story, since its themes seem to run more complex than that, and it seems like it would have scared most children. I wouldve hated this book if I were fifteen years younger.
The Fox and the Hound
Sign in. When an adopted fox and a to-be hunting hound become inseparable friends as pups, their friendship grows stronger every day in their "childhood. An adopted fox named Tod quickly becomes friends with a hound dog named Copper and they are instantly growing close with one another. Unfortunate for them, they are on opposite sides of the fence with Tod living with a kindly widow and Copper living with an unscrupulous hunter who wants to train him to being a hunting dog. As time passes, their relationship is put to the test when Copper's owner sets out to murder Tod for almost killing his other dog Chief. With that, there are consequences ahead.
Mannix novel of the same name , produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July 10 , , and it's the 24th film in the Disney Animated Canon. The film tells the story of two unlikely friends, a red fox named Tod and a hound dog named Copper , who struggle to preserve their friendship despite their emerging instincts and the surrounding social pressures demanding them to be adversaries. In the film, the film's protagonists, Tod and Copper, meet when young and become friends. They play together all summer long, however, as they grow up, they become enemies because real hounds hunt foxes for food. Daniel Mannix's original novel has had a more realistic story, which has dealt with the quest of a hunter and his dog Copper to shoot Tod after he has killed the hunter's new dog Chief.
The Fox and the Hound is a American animated drama film produced by Walt Disney Productions and loosely based on the novel of the same name by Daniel P. The 24th Disney animated feature film , the film tells the story of two unlikely friends, a red fox named Tod and a hound dog named Copper, who struggle to preserve their friendship despite their emerging instincts and the surrounding social pressures demanding them to be adversaries. The Fox and the Hound was released to theaters on July 10, to financial success. After a young red fox becomes motherless, Big Mama the owl arranges for him to be adopted by a kindly farmer named Widow Tweed, with help from her friends Dinky the finch and Boomer the woodpecker. Tweed names the orphaned fox Tod.
It has cute little animals and wise old owls. It has a villain in the shape of a mountainous grizzly bear, and comic relief in a long-standing feud between a woodpecker and a caterpillar. And it has songs that contain such uncontroversial wishes as, "If only the world wouldn't get in the way, If only the world would let us play. It's not just cute animals and frightening adventures and a happy ending; it's also a rather thoughtful meditation on how society determines our behavior. The movie is a fable about a small puppy named Copper and an orphaned fox named Tod. At the outset we sense something unusual, after the camera traces a gloomy path through the shadows of the forest, a mother fox and her baby come running terrified out of the woods, chased by hunters and hounds. Will the mother and child escape?
Disney's classic explored human nature in a truly profound way. They don't make 'em like this anymore. Which tells us that we're all born good, and it's the world that tries to turn us against one another. Their whole relationship is a great allegory for war, and the way we're inculcated into being enemies. It's especially deep when you consider famous incidents like that time in WWI when the French and Germans got together to celebrate Christmas, and then went back to fighting each other the next day.