No hunting. Well, now, we ain't gonna do none of that, are we, Copper? We're just gonna get us a no-good-fox.
―Amos Slade


Amos Slade (or simply known as Amos) is the former main antagonist of Disney's 1981 animated feature film, The Fox and the Hound.

Background

Personality

Amos is an old, crabby, grumpy and bad-tempered man, though we do see somewhat of a softer side in his interaction with his two hunting dogs, Chief and Copper. While not a completely bad guy, he just doesn't see his hunting career as a bad thing. But as he develops a grudge toward the Tod the fox, he becomes so obsessed with getting Tod that he is willing to break into an anti-hunting preserve. He later showed remorse after Tod saves him and Copper from a dangerous bear.

Physical appearance

Amos is a slender, elderly man with tan skin, gray hair, and a mustache. He's almost always seen wearing his olive-green hat.

Appearances

The Fox and the Hound

Amos is an adjoining neighbor to Widow Tweed and is known to be an avid hunter. At the beginning of the film, he has returned home to introduce his hunting dog Chief to his newly-obtained hound puppy Copper, whom he intends to train as a hunting dog. At first, he often has to search for Copper, who runs off to play with Tweed's pet fox Tod. Finally, Amos ties Copper up at his doghouse barrel to keep him from running away. When Tod comes to Amos's property to see what has happened to Copper, Amos is alerted to the young fox's presence by Chief. Amos assumes that the fox is after his chickens (when they were really accidentally let out of the coop during the chaos), and attempts to kill Tod. Tod is able to escape, jumps into the back of Tweed’s car, and hides behind Tweed's milk jugs. Amos shoots at Tod but only hits the jugs, causing milk to leak out of them. Tweed stops her car and confronts Amos, calling him a "trigger-happy lunatic." She snatches his gun, blasts his car's radiator, and fires the last bullet into the air before tossing the gun back to him. Amos claims that Tod was after his chickens, but Tweed asserts that the fox would never hurt a thing, warning him that his temper will get him into trouble someday. Amos turns red with rage and threatens Tweed, warning her that should he catch the fox on his property again, he will blast him. He also swears that he won't miss the next time.

Soon after, Amos takes both Copper and Chief on a long hunting trip for the winter. By springtime, Amos has collected a lot of skins and trophies thanks to a fully-grown Copper. The night of their return, Tod comes once again to see Copper, but Chief awakens, sees Tod, and barks at him, again alerting Amos to the fox's presence; seeing Tod, he tries to kill him once more and sends both Copper and Chief after him. While Chief goes after Tod directly, Amos and Copper try to track him down. Copper gets Amos off Tod’s trail, allowing him to escape, only for Tod to again run into Chief, who chases him onto a railroad bridge as a train comes in their direction. While Tod ducks under the train, Amos shouts at Chief to jump out of its way, but the train collides into Chief, who tumbles down a steep cliff into a river below and fractures his leg. Later that night, a vindictive Amos storms over to Widow Tweed’s house in a mad attempt to kill Tod, but Tweed is able to block him out. Amos vengefully blames Tod for Chief's near-death and warns Tweed that she can’t keep Tod locked up forever.

The next morning, Amos sees Tweed taking Tod for a drive as he is bringing some firewood into his house. Later that evening, he and Copper observe her returning home without Tod; he deduces that she dropped the fox at the game preserve and concocts a plan to catch Tod involving the use of bear traps.

Two days later, Amos and Copper set foot into the preserve. Amos sets his traps by a small pond, surmising that Tod will need to come to the pond for a drink, and covers them with leaves. Tod almost steps into one, but the sound of Amos cocking his gun alerts him to danger and he retreats, narrowly escaping the traps. Amos and Copper chase Tod, who runs away to a burrow where he lives with a vixen named Vixey. Amos shoots at the foxes who have popped their heads out through the burrow's back end but miss when they retreat. Amos sets fire to some straw and fans flames through the back end before joining Copper at the front end to wait for the foxes to emerge. However, he is surprised when Tod and Vixey escape through the flames. Amos and Copper continue their pursuit of the foxes as they climb up a cliff next to a waterfall.  

Amos catches up with Copper at the waterfall and aims at the foxes when suddenly, a huge grizzly bear looms up before him! Terrified, Amos fires his gun at the bear, but the bullet only grazes the bear's shoulder. The enraged bear advances on Amos, who panics in horror while reloading his gun (and dropping some ammo), but the bear swipes at him, causing him to drop his gun and tumble down the cliff,losing his hat in the process. With the bear chasing him, Amos fearfully backs away and steps right into one of his own traps, injuring his leg, while his gun is caught on a twig, slightly out of his reach. Copper fearlessly lunges at the huge bear in an effort to protect his master. While Copper fights the creature, Amos tries to reach for his gun, but to no avail. Copper is soon overwhelmed when the bear gives him a powerful swipe and knocks the dog to the ground. Just as the bear prepares to finish off Copper, Tod, having heard Copper's yelp, leaps onto the bear and lures it up the cliff, away from Copper and Amos, and toward the waterfall. Tod's fight with the bear eventually ends with both animals plummeting down the waterfall.

Amos eventually manages to free himself from the trap he was caught in, recovers his gun, and catches up with Copper and Tod, the latter who is immensely hurt and exhausted from his savage fight with the bear. Taking advantage of this, Amos aims his gun at Tod, but Copper then stands over Tod, in front of the gun, looking pleadingly at his master. Amos orders Copper to move out of the way, but the hound refuses to let his friend die. Amos soon realizes that he and Copper would have been killed by the bear moments ago had Tod not intervened and that shooting the fox is just not worth considering what his obsession led to. Thinking it over, Amos sort of appreciates Tod for saving his life, so he lowers his gun, decides that he and Copper should let the fox be, and leave for home. Due to having injured his leg, Amos struggles to walk. Copper shares one last smile with Tod before leaving the preserve with Amos.

Back at home, Amos flinches and wails childishly as Widow Tweed doctors his severely injured leg. Watching this, Chief remarks to Copper on how their master is "sure makin' a big fuss over a little ol' hurt leg."

The Fox and the Hound 2

Amos Slade in The Fox and the Hound 2.

Amos Slade is a comic relief character here, without the darker side as portrayed in the first film. Widow Tweed throws a pie in his face and threatens to do so again later. Chief appears but has very few speaking parts and very little screen time. Chief and Amos enter a hunting dog contest, where Chief takes another ribbon (fourth place) for the second time in a row which he seems to think makes him the champion hunting dog in the county. Amos mostly only shows up, in the beginning, trying to train Copper, becoming increasingly irate with his failures as a hunting dog, yelling at him after a chain of comedic events while chasing Tod (which were his own fault), looking for Copper later when the pup has gone to join the Singin' Strays and showing up later after being lead by Tod to the Singin' Strays' performance, where he reveals that Copper is not a stray at all and takes him home. After the Singin' Strays perform at the Grand Ole Opry thanks to Tod and Copper's help, Amos is enjoying some pie with Widow Tweed at her place until they are interrupted by a chase started by Tod, Copper, and Chief, which eventually leads to Widow Tweed attacking Amos countless times with a broom.

Once Upon A Time : Red's Untold Tale

Amos Slade doesn't appear on the show. However, he appears in the canonical novel Red's Untold Tale. In this version, he was specialized in the wolf hunt with his bloodhound Copper. He lived in the same village as Widow Lucas (who he had tried to seduce in their teenage past), her granddaughter Red and Peter. Amos was slain during a wolf attack.

Trivia

  • He is named after a Christian rock band.
  • Amos' performance model was Art Stevens.
  • Amos was animated by John Pomeroy and Ron Husband.
  • Amos drives a 1923 Ford Model T. However, in the first movie, it is shown never to have a windshield but in the second one, it does. It was either a fix or a replacement.
  • In the second movie, when not wearing his usual brown fur coat and blue pants, Amos is seen wearing a white shirt and pink underwear instead of the usual white underwear-like jammies he always wore in the first movie when not wearing his usual fur coat and pants.
  • Amos Slade is one of only four main antagonists in the Disney Animated Canon to be redeemed, the other three being John SilverDenahi, and Te Kā.
  • Amos' shotgun strongly resembles a Winchester Model 1911 automatic 12-gauge Shotgun. However, it's later shown to have a slide action like a pump-action shotgun. So it's possible he also has a pump-action shotgun as well.
  • Jack Albertson, the voice of Amos, was widely known for playing Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryThis was his final film role before his death. Because of this, he was voiced by Jeff Bennett in the midquel.
  • Amos Slade might have made a cameo appearance in Don Bluth's Banjo the Woodpile Cat, as a motorist after Banjo unintendedly caused a lot of cars to crash.

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