Here’s the thing about this movie. I’m not a huge fan. It’s not one of the movies that I had any built in affection for and watching it as a grown up I find the whole thing a bit lacklustre. Even the presence of Kurt Russell can’t save it.
The problem is that while pitched as a story of friendship and loyalty despite a natural difference, but it doesn’t work that way, and the friendship between the animals falls apart very quickly. And hound dog Copper (Russell, the younger version voiced by ’80s legend Corey Feldman) doesn’t need much of a push to turn on Tod (Mickey Rooney) who he claims is his best of friends.
For me, the real emotional impact of the story is when Tod’s owner, Widow Tweed (Jeanette Nolan) drives him off into the country to drop him off at a nature reserve to escape the vengeance of her hunter neighbour. For any decent pet owner, the idea of having to abandon your furry friend, even in their own best interests, is a tough one to countenance. That’s why it hit home for me because I thought to myself how difficult it would be for me to say goodbye to one of my pets.
The rest of the film is alright but it never steps up a gear and some of the animation is a bit creaky in places. And unlike The Rescuers, it lacks central characters that really hooked me in.
For me this languishes near the bottom of my Disney rankings.
Disney Score: 3/10.
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