The Fox and the Hound

1981 American animated buddy drama film produced by Walt Disney Productions

The Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama movie. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is loosely based on the novel of the same name by Daniel P. Mannix. It is the 24th Disney animated movie. The movie tells the story of two unlikely friends, a red fox named Tod and a Bloodhound mix-breed named Copper, who become playmates as youngsters. However, as they grow up, they have trouble keeping their friendship despite their emerging instincts, as well as the people around them saying that they have to be enemies. The movie is directed by Ted Berman, Richard Rich, and Art Stevens. The movie features the voices of Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Jack Albertson, Sandy Duncan, Jeanette Nolan, Pat Buttram, John Fiedler, John McIntire, Dick Bakalyan, Paul Winchell, Keith Mitchell and Corey Feldman

The Fox and the Hound
Directed by
Produced by
Story by
  • Larry Clemmons
  • Ted Berman
  • David Michener
  • Peter Young
  • Burny Mattinson
  • Steve Hulett
  • Earl Kress
  • Vance Gerry
Based onThe Fox and the Hound
by Daniel P. Mannix
Music byBuddy Baker
Edited by
  • James Melton
  • Jim Koford
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • July 10, 1981 (1981-07-10)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$12 million[1]
Box office$63.5 million[2]

The Fox and the Hound was released to movie theaters on July 10, 1981. It was a success at the box office.[3] At the time of release it was the most expensive animated movie produced to date. It cost $12 million to make the movie.[1] It was re-released to theaters on March 25, 1988.[3] A direct-to-video followup, The Fox and the Hound 2, was released to DVD on December 12, 2006. Animation sequels The Fox and the Hound 3 Direct-to-video Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray tape & DVD on March 7, 2023.


Country Premiere
  Turkey July 10, 1981
  Japan July 10, 1981
  United States July 10, 1981
  Cambodia January 1, 2002



The movie was awarded a Golden Screen Award (German: Goldene Leinwand) in 1982. In the same year, it was also nominated for a Young Artist Award and the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film.[4]

Year Ceremony Award Result
1982 9th Saturn Awards[5] Best Fantasy Film Nominated
1982 Golden Screen Awards[4] Won
5th Youth in Film Awards[4][6] Best Motion Picture - Fantasy or Comedy - Family Enjoyment Nominated


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ansen, David (July 13, 1981). "Forest Friendship". Newsweek (The Washington Post Company): 81. 
  2. "The Fox and the Hound (1981)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 20, 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Fox and the Hound, The (film) - D23". D23. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "The Fox and the Hound - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  5. "Past Saturn Awards". Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  6. "5th Annual Awards". Young Artist Association. Archived from the original on April 3, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2014.

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