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Rating: G




Music & More
"The Best of Friends" Sing-Along Song
Games & Activities
- Forest Friendship Game
- DVD Storybook: "New Best Friends"
Backstage Disney
- "Passing The Baton"
- The Fox & The Hound Art Gallery
Bonus Shorts
- "Lambert The Sheepish Lion"
- "Lend A Paw"





Languages: English/Spanish/Thai/
Subtitles: English/Thai/Bahasa/
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 22 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




A young fox named Tod is taken in by an old woman after his mother is killed by a hunter. Full of mischief, Young Tod befriends Copper, a hound dog pup. As they grow up, however, their friendship becomes endangered by what they have become, Copper is a hunting dog and Tod is his prey.


Do you remember those scribbles which read “Friends Forever” in your primary school autograph books? And how you actually believed that you’d be best friends forever with that special friend?

This 1981 Disney classic takes you back to the good old days when things were simpler, and friendships were looked upon as the greatest thing you could have in the world. The animated movie tells the story of two unlikely friends, a little fox and a hound puppy who become best pals. Like what happens in the real world, the two childhood best friends grow up and the friendship becomes affected by who they have become – a predator and his prey.

Although this picture never became as well-known as other Disney animal classic favorites like Dumbo (1941) and Bambi (1942), there is a genuinely heartwarming tale to be found here. The analogical narrative will make the young ones learn about the value of friendship, while leaving grown-up viewers reflecting on the friends who have played special roles in their lives over the years.

The clean and simple animation will bring back memories when Disney produced effectively pleasing cartoons where characters are likeable and charming. How can anyone not fall in love with the adorable little fox and the cute hound puppy? There are also a few comic sidekicks to add color to an already delightful movie. Listen out for Mickey Rooney and Kurt Russell’s voice performances as the adult fox and hound.

What’s also appealing about this 82-minute movie are its lovely songs which showcase meaningfully feeling lyrics. Listen out for the heartrending “The Best Of Friends” and we daresay your heartstrings will be tugged.

In true Disney fashion, what the entire family will take home with this movie is pure magic entertainment and a life lesson applicable to everyone, no matter how old you are. It will remind you of what friendship really means, especially in the cynical world we live in now.


This Code 3 DVD did not come with a “Special Edition” label for nothing. Check out the features which are almost exciting as the movie itself.

Passing the Baton: The Making Of The Fox And The Hound – Expect to see animators young and old in this six-odd-minute clip, and how the two generations of talents maintain the unique brand of Disney magic.

The Fox And The Hound Art Gallery – In this section, there is a generous amount of pictures showcasing concept art, pastel development studies, behind-the-scenes, storyboards, scoring sessions and voice talents’ recording sessions.

Bonus Shorts – Both running at eight minutes, “Lambert The Sheepish Lion” and “Lend A Paw” are funny classic Disney shorts about a lion who thinks he is a sheep (nice word pun on the title!) and Pluto’s little misadventure.

“The Best Of Friends” Sing Along Song – Sing along to the sweetest song in the movie with your best friend – it’s a Kodak moment.

“Forest Friendship” Game – Play mix and match, hide and seek with the forest animals and learn fun facts about them. Kids will love this feature.

New Best Friends – Younger kids can read along to how the little fox and the pound puppy became friends in this interactive DVD storybook.


The disc’s visual transfer looks lovely with a tinge of old-school charm, while there are 5.1 Dolby English and Spanish, together with 2.0 Stereo Thai, Mandarin and Cantonese audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


Other titles from Scorpio East:

. The Fox and the Hound 2

. Dumbo

. One Last Dance

. Protege

. The Curse of the Golden Flower

. A Battle Of Wits

. Rain Dogs

. Heavenly Mission

. Exiled

. Operation Undercover

. Diary

. Fatal Contact

. Singapore Dreaming

. Rob-B-Hood

. On The Edge

. The World's Fastest Indian

. Dragon Tiger Gate

. Unarmed Combat

. Crazy Stone

. Election 2

. We Are Family

. I Not Stupid Too

. The Shoe Fairy

. 2 Becomes 1

. 49 Days


. Dragon Eye Congee

. A Chinese Tall Story

. Perhaps Love


. Election

. The Myth

. Wait 'Til You're Older

. The Maid


This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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