The good people at Disney recently sent me copies of both The Fox and the Hound and The Fox and the Hound 2 for my family to review...and to introduce these delightful characters to my own children.
The Fox and the Hound is the story of two unlikely friends...Tod the fox and Copper the hunting dog. Tod (the fox) is orphaned after his mother is killed by the hunter, Copper's master. Tod and Copper meet soon after and pledge to be lifelong friends, but Cooper doesn't realise that he's being trained to hunt wild animals...including foxes. The story follows the main characters growing up and how its hard for them to stay friends because of their roles in life. As they become adults, they become estranged and Copper is driven by revenge to capture Tod and punish him. Friendship wins out in the end when they have to face an even bigger enemy in the form of a ferocious bear. While this movie does share a positive message about friendship, it can be quite scary at times for little viewers. Eme wasn't a fan at all of the chasing and shooting scenes, and she cried during the opening credits when Tod's mother is killed. Lots of cuddles were needed after. Seth enjoyed this movie much more than its sequel, and I dare say its because of his maturity. Amazing what a couple of extra years can do. I would recommend this movie for children aged 6-7+
The Fox and the Hound 2 is not a sequel to the first movie like the title suggests. I know! Maybe it should have been given a subtitle or something. This installment is much milder than the original and is loaded with charm and country music tunes that will have your little ones tapping their toes. This time around, Tod and Copper are kids again who don't have to face the tough choices they had to make in the first movie. Tod and Copper sneak off to a country fair and join a group of singing dogs who have dreams of making it big at the Grand Ole Opry. The supporting characters are really likable too, and there's great life lessons to be learned about striving for the things you really want and the consequences. Once again there are positive messages about friendship, as well as diversity and forgiveness. The violence in this flick is more of the slapstick kind, which is much more digestible for younger viewers. Eme preferred this one over the first movie, and Seth has now watched this one more than 10 times! Give him a movie with a talking animal and he's happy. I would recommend this movie for children aged 4-5+
Thanks to the good people at Disney and Porter Novelli, I have a dvd pack to giveaway containing both movies!
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