I’ve been saying this all week, but this movie was one of my favorites as a child. I remember watching it all the time, but other than a few scenes, it was as if I’d never seen the movie before. I forgot nearly all of what happened.
I did have a moment when Dinky, Boomer, and Squeeks first showed up, because OH MY GOD I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THEM AND I LOVE SQUEEKS SO MUCH. HE’S SO CUTE!…but yeah.
On to the review. Aha. I guess maybe I had blocked out all of the totally horrible things that happen, because seriously after about the halfway point, this movie turns into NEVER ENDING TRAGEDY. Anyway, Tod and Copper as uhm…kids?…are totally entirely precious. I remember going around the house quoting the ‘I’m a hound dog! Woo-woo-wooo-woooo!” all the time.
The end is a little disappointing to me. Everything seems to have worked out. Chief is alive, Amos and Widow Tweed are implied to be in a relationship…or well if not a relationship they are friendly with one another, Tod is with Vixey and happy. The thing that bothers me the most is that although it’s semi implied, Tod and Copper don’t seem like they’re friends anymore. Like I said, I know it’s implied, but it still bothered me. I dunno.
Anyway, over all, I still like this movie. So if you haven’t seen it, go do that. And be prepared for lots of never ending sadness.
Question time! Question one is….Tod or Copper? Who do you like better? Question two, is uhm…What’s the saddest scene in any of the movies on our list?
This film is loosely based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same. Almost every aspect from the novel was either changed or eliminated entirely. Todd had two vixens that he mates and has cubs with, all of whom are killed by the hunter, Todd intentionally kills The Chief by jumping out of the way of an oncoming train, Todd dies from exhaustion while being chased by Copper, the hunter was an old drunk and the novel ends with the hunter being sent to a retirement home and because dogs aren’t allowed he’s forced to shoot Copper.
Animator Glen Keane, who was given the task of animating the climactic battle between Tod and the bear, felt that the storyboards he was given were not dramatic enough, so he re-boarded the whole scene. He also planned to draw the fight in charcoal rather than pencil, but budgetary concerns prevented this.