The Fox and the Hound Premieres on this Date in 1981

Who remembers the 1981 film, The Fox and the Hound?  This was one of the first films I can remember seeing in the theater.  I also remember, my dad bought me the record of the movie that I could play and listen to the entire film on my record player.  Today, July 10th is the anniversary of the date the film was released.

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The 24th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series is loosely based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name.  The movie tells the story of two unlikely friends, a red fox named Tod and a hound dog named Copper, who struggle to preserve their friendship despite their emerging instincts and the surrounding social pressures demanding them to be adversaries.

The film is directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich and features the voices of Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Pearl Bailey, Pat Buttram, Sandy Duncan, Richard Bakalyan, Paul Winchell, Jack Albertson, Jeanette Nolan, John Fiedler, John McIntire, Keith Coogan, and Corey Feldman. At the time of release it was the most expensive animated film produced to date, costing $12 million.

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