The Fox and the Hound 2
The Fox and the Hound 2 is a 2006 American animated direct-to-video comedy-drama film produced by DisneyToon Studios, and a followup to the 1981 Disney animated film The Fox and the Hound. The film was directed by Jim Kammerud and released on December 12, 2006. The film features the voices of Reba McEntire and Patrick Swayze. The film had an official soundtrack album released on November 21, 2006.
The story of the film takes place during the youth of Tod and Copper, in which Copper is tempted to join a band of singing stray dogs. However, Tod is not really sure about Copper's idea.
- The first film didn't have a sequel based ending and this one ignores the events of the first one.
- There is no point to this film as Tod and Copper were separated at this time, as Copper was being taken on a hunting trip by Amos Slade in order to be trained to be a hunting dog. This whole story just came out of nowhere.
- The film lacks charm that the original film had (although the original was dark and serious in tone).
- Dinky and Boomer, Big Mama the owl, and Squeaks the Caterpillar are totally absent from this film and aren't even mentioned at all.
- Cash (Patrick Swayze's character) is at first rather arrogant and a fame seeker.
- The cricket chase scenes weren't as fun as the scenes with the caterpillar in the first film.
- Out of all of the supporting characters that weren't needed, arguably the most irritating supporting character was Olivia Farmer, the little girl who acted carefree and had an irritatingly cheerful attitude even when something bad happened to Talent Scout Winchell P. Bickerstaff. She also looked a lot like Pippi Longstocking from Astrid Lindgren's books.
- Despite holding a grudge against Tod, Amos Slade acts more like a comic relief instead of being dark and villainous like he was in the first film.
- Certain scenes don't really interact well with the story.
- False Advertising: Despite being named a sequel, this one behaves more like it takes place during the middle of the first film, known as a midquel.
- The entire voice cast of the original movie was replaced.
- The voice-acting, animation and ending is decent.
- While Jonah Bobo and Harrison Fahn don't sound exactly Corey Feldman (the original voice of young Copper) or Keith Coogan (the original voice of young Tod), their voices sound pretty close.
- Dixie is a likable character despite her destroying Tod and Copper's friendship.
- The songs are pretty good and fit the tone of the film, especially Good Doggie, No Bone and We're in Harmony.
- Certain supporting characters return. (For example: Abigail the cow and Chief, Copper's mentor dog)
- There is a touching scene where Amos and Willow Tweed meet each other while looking for their pets. They understand each other's worries and wish the other luck in finding their pets.
- It was interesting to see and hear Copper sing, which wasn't shown in the first film.
- The film isn't a rehash of the original film.
Despite receiving mixed reviews from the general public, this film was heavily panned by critics, Internet reviewers and fans of the original.
At one time, the film held a 0% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It now holds a 20% "rotten" rating with an average rating of 4 out of 10, but lacks a critic consensus as of right now. Kevin Carr of 7M Pictures gave the film two stars out of five, saying "The Fox and the Hound 2 is never going to live down as a classic, but it isn’t terrible. It falls somewhere in the middle of the Disney DVD sequel spectrum." John J. Puccio of Movie Metropolis gave the film 4/10, writing "Like most sequels, it's a pale imitation of the original." Rob Humanick of Slant Magazine stated about the film "It's not hard to see this 2006 midquel as a betrayal of everything the 1981 original stood for." Film critic Nancy Davis Kho of Common Sense Media described the film as "Milder than the original and full of country music charm."
- This film was the last to use the 1985-2006 Walt Disney Pictures logo.
- The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006) - Trailer
- The Fox and the Hound 2 - Disneycember
Nostalgia Critic's review on his Disneycember video series