For the month of October Disney Family Movies is offering one free month when you sign up! The participating cable providers are Mediacom, Cox and AT & T U-verse. More details can be found on my original blog post about this special offer.
We’re highlighting one family flick per day that’s currently playing on Disney Family Movies. Today it’s the story of two unlikely pals, 1981’s animated classic The Fox & the Hound.
In 1960 Walt Disney himself signed then 10-year-old Kurt Russell to a Disney contract, and for the Studios Russell appeared in some if its most memorable live action fare: 1968’s The One And Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, 1969’s The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, 1971’s The Barefoot Executive (opposite funnyman John Ritter), and many Disneyland and Wonderful World of Disney television programs.
Mickey Rooney— who’s been working in Hollywood since the age of since the age of 6— appeared at the age of 91 in last year’s Walt Disney Pictures’ film The Muppets. He appeared in the 1977 Disney classic Pete’s Dragon. Speaking of Rooney, Disney and hounds, here’s a caricature of Mickey Rooney, with Donald Duck, from 1939:
The Fox & the Hound, loosely inspired by the novel written by Daniel P. Mannix, tells the tale of Copper the hound dog, who becomes B.F.F.’s with Tod the fox. However, when the two grow up they are taught to hate each other, as Tod the fox is hunted by a party that includes the rancher Amos Slade (Jack Albertson) and Copper the hound dog. Copper and Tod go on many an adventure— including battling a ferocious bear!— and ultimately their natural friendship triumphs over the hatred that is attempted to breed in them. A beautiful, thrilling and even funny animated movie, The Fox & the Hound is the perfect Disney classic to gather the family with, and discuss friendship, respect and trust— the Disney way!
Grab and popcorn and enjoy the original The Fox & the Hound trailer.
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