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.
Fox and the hound: Todd meets Copper
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.
Daniel P. Mannix
16 Times "The Fox & The Hound" Was Disney's Deepest Movie Ever
Mannix and illustrated by John Schoenherr. It follows the lives of Tod, a red fox raised by a human for the first year of his life, and Copper, a half- bloodhound dog owned by a local hunter, referred to as the Master. After Tod causes the death of the man's favorite hound, man and dog relentlessly hunt the fox, against the dual backdrops of a changing human world and Tod's normal life in hunting for food, seeking a mate, and defending his territory. As preparation for writing the novel, Mannix studied foxes, both tame and wild, a wide variety of hunting techniques, and the ways hounds appear to track foxes, seeking to ensure his characters acted realistically. It was well received by critics, who praised its detail and Mannix's writing style. Walt Disney Productions purchased the film rights for the novel when it won the Dutton award, though did not begin production on an adaptation until Heavily modified from the source material, Disney's The Fox and the Hound was released to theaters in July and became a box office success.
The film follows the relationship between a fox and a blood hound which begins when they are both very young. They grow up as friends until the blood hound, Copper, is ordered to hunt Tod, the fox. The heartbreaking film shows strains of this relationship and the effects society can have on our perception of others. Production of this film began in , only a few years following the war in Vietnam, and stretched throughout the conflict in Iran. Prior to this film, there were very few studios doing work comparable to that of Disney, giving them nearly a monopoly over animated movies. Despite this, the film was eventually finished and released on July 10,
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. Reminding us that when push comes to shove, our basic instinct to want to help others overcomes our social conditioning. And you realize that the greatest moments of understanding and communication in life are often silent.
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.
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Common Sense says
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.