The Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated buddy drama film produced by Walt Disney Productions and loosely based on the novel of the same name by Daniel P. Mannix. The 24th Disney animated feature film, the film 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 Fox and the Hound was released to theaters on July 10, 1981. The film was a financial success, becoming the 14th highest-grossing film of the year, but it initially received mixed reviews from critics. The critics praised the animation and voice acting of the film, but believed that the film was not groundbreaking enough. However, over time the film became known as an underrated classic, and the film was nominated for three awards, of which it won one. At the time of its release, the film was the most expensive animated film produced to date, costing $12 million. It was re-released to theaters on March 25, 1988. A direct-to-video followup, The Fox and the Hound 2, was released to DVD on December 12, 2006.