Original Walt Disney Production Cel from The Fox and the Hound Featuring Big Mama
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Tod, an orphaned baby fox, and Copper, a young hunting dog, face challenges in their friendship as they grow up and discover they are on opposite sides on "the game".
This feature film about unlikely friends and anthropomorphic animals was a collaborative work by Disney's most talented animators, old and new.
The Fox and the Hound marked a major transition inside the Disney Animation Studios. During the films four year production period, Disney experienced a significant changing of the guard. In 1977, Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy and others in the animation department left Disney to set up their own animation studio, Don Bluth Studios. The final version of the film, released in 1981 marked the premiere effort of a new generation of Disney animators-- these same talented artists would go on to create The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Veteran animators Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, and Cliff Nordberg worked on early scenes and character development for the film, but the final product represented the combined talent and imagination of a new team.
The Fox and The Hound (Walt Disney, 1981) was directed by by Art Stevens, Ted Berman, and Richard Rich. Starring the voices of Mickey Rooney (older Tod), Keith Mitchell (young Tod), Kurt Russell (older Copper), Corey Feldman (young Copper), Pearl Bailey (Big Mama), Pat Buttram (Chief), Sandy Duncan (Vixey), Dick Bakalyan (Dinky), Paul Winchell (Boomer), Jack Albertson (Amos Slade), and Jeanette Nolan (Widow Tweed). Running time is 83 minutes. . The movie features the songs Best of Friends," by Richard O. Johnston, son of animator Ollie Johnston, and Stan Fidel, "Lack of Education," "A Huntin' Man," "Appreciate the Lady," by Jim Stafford, and "Goodbye May Seem Forever" by Richard Rich and Jeffrey Patch. The film was an enormous box office success. It was re-released theatrically in 1988 and released on video in 1994.