REVIEW: THE FOX AND THE HOUND and
THE FOX AND THE HOUND II
OVERVIEW: In the tradition
of heart-warming films, such as Bambi and Dumbo, comes Disney’s classic tales that taught us the power of friendship in The Fox and the Hound and The Fox and the Hound 2, in a special 30th Anniversary 2-Movie Collection. For the first time ever in high-definition, consumers can now experience the brilliant, humor-filled adventures of best friends Copper and Tod in an all-new digitally restored version of the original 1981 film, arriving to stores on August 9, 2011.
Featuring an all-star cast of voice talents, toe-tapping music and fantastic bonus features, consumers can take home two of Disney’s beloved “tails.” The Fox and the Hound and The Fox and the Hound 2, 2-Movie Collection features both movies in a single 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack. This release provides families with the value, versatility and opportunity to enjoy their favorite movies how they want, when they want and on the entertainment platform of choice – whether it’s in the home, on a portable device and/or in the car.
The Fox and the Hound 30th Anniversary Synopsis
When Tod, an orphaned fox cub meets Copper, a coonhound puppy, they make a pledge to be lifelong friends, not realizing that Copper is being groomed to hunt wild animals, including foxes. Copper spends the winter with his owner, Slade, and an older dog, Chief, tracking animals at a remote cabin. When they return, a lonely Tod eagerly greets his old playmate but is stunned when a reluctant Copper joins Slade and Chief to chase Tod through the forest. During the pursuit, Tod escapes but Chief is seriously injured. Seeking revenge, Copper hunts down Tod only to find himself confronting an even bigger enemy, which he and Tod must face together.
The Fox and the Hound 2 Synopsis
In The Fox and the Hound 2, music takes centerstage as Tod contemplates joining up with “The Singin’ Strays,” a group of harmonizing dogs appearing at the local county fair but dreaming of hitting the big time at the Grand OleOpry. While Tod does his best to fit in with his new friends, Copper finds himself relegated to “roadie,” a position he begins to resent. With the encouragement of Dixie, the “diva” of “The Singin” Strays,” Copper manages to sabotage an important audition. The next day, their differences forgotten, Copper and Tod team up and, using Copper’s superior tracking skills, they locate the Grand Ole Opry talent scout who signs “The Singin’ Strays” (minus Tod, who chooses his friendship with Copper over fame) on the spot.
REVIEW: For its 30th anniversary Disney is releasing a 2 movie collection featuring The Fox and the Hound and The Fox and Hound II on Blu-ray. I must say that it’s about time we get a High-Definition copy of The Fox and the Hound. This is a unrated classic in the likes of Pinocchio and Bambi. The animation and music is top-notch and the story line not only tells a great story but teaches a great lesson.
In the Fox and the Hound, a young fox by the name of Tod (Mickey Rooney) is adopted by a Big Mama (Pearl Bailey). The fox soon befriends a Hound named Copper (Kurt Russell). The Fox and the Hound become great friend until they discover that nature has destine them to be enemy.
Not only is the animation top-notch but so is the voice talent. Here we have the voices of Mickey Rooney, Pearl Bailey and Kurt Russell. The chemistry these three wield together is incredible. The direct to DVD Fox and the Hound II is not as great the its predecessor, but it’s still an OK film. The Blu-ray/DVD combo is loaded with extras. Unlikely Friends is a fun fascinating collection of stories about surprising friendships within the wild animal kingdom. Passing the Baton is the making of the Fox and the Hound featurette. Great for the kids is The Best of Friends which is a Sing-Along song.
Fox and the Hound - 1.66:1
The Fox and the Hound 2 - 1.78:1
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, French
5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
English, French & Spanish English
Unlikely Friends: A fun and fascinating Collection of Unlikely Friendships in the Animal Kingdom (ALL-NEW)
-- Friendships know no boundaries. They can occur across country lines, be shared among young and old and even develop between different species!
“Best of Friends” Sing-A-Long – Viewers are invited to sing along with Pearl Bailey on this Walt Disney Classic Song.
Passing the Baton: Making of The Fox and the Hound – This feature allows fans to take a deeper look at this little bit of Disney history as legendary animators hand over the reins to a new generation.
“You Know I Will” Music Video – High School Musical Star Lucas Grabeel sings this end-credit song.
The Making of the Music – Music is the center stage in The Fox and the Hound 2. As such, this feature showcases how the songs in the film were created with Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood and some of the hottest performers in Nashville. Viewers will further discover how animation and music work together to further enhance a classic story.
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