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The Fox and the Hound 2 is a 2006 direct-to-video midquel to the 1981 Disney animated feature film The Fox and the Hound. It was produced by Disneytoon Studios and released on December 12, 2006. The story of the film takes place during the youth of Tod and Copper, between the event in which Amos Slade threatens to blast Tod, and the event in which Copper leaves Tod for the hunting trip ahead. The film had an official soundtrack album released on November 21, 2006.

The film features the voice talents of Reba McEntire, Patrick Swayze, Jonah Bobo, Harrison Fahn, Jeff Foxworthy, Vicki Lawrence, and Stephen Root. It is directed by Jim Kammerud, who had previously directed The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea and 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure and screenplay writer Roger S. H. Schulman's previous films were Balto, Shrek, The Jungle Book 2, and Mulan II.

Plot[]

Best friends Tod the red fox (Jonah Bobo) and Copper the hound dog (Harrison Fahn), back as teenage pups from the first film, visit a country fair in Nashville, Tennessee when they see a band of dogs called "The Singin' Strays". The band has five members: Dixie (Reba McEntire), Cash (Patrick Swayze), Granny Rose (Vicki Lawrence), and twin brothers Waylon and Floyd (both Jim Cummings). Their band leader is Lyle Snodgrass (Jeff Foxworthy). It is important that they perform well because a talent scout from the Grand Ole Opry (Stephen Root) will be at the fair. Cash and Dixie get into an argument, and Dixie walks off before their performance, forcing them to go on stage without her. During the show, Copper sings along, and Cash invites the pup up on stage to sing with them. The musical number is a success. Cash invites Copper to join the band, which he does upon promising that he is a "stray". Copper spends the entire day with Cash, forgetting his promise to watch fireworks with Tod.

Dixie finds Tod and sympathizes with his feelings of abandonment. During their conversation, Tod lets it slip that Copper isn't a stray, and Dixie hatches a plan to get Copper out of the band with Tod's help. Tod lures Copper's owner, Amos Slade (Jeff Bennett), and Slade's other dog Chief (Rob Paulsen) to the fair in a wild chase. The chase leads to widespread mayhem in the fair, and the Singin' Strays' performance is sabotaged right in front of the talent scout Mr. Bickerstaff. Copper is fired from the band and returns home with Slade. Tod is sorry for ruining everything and is brought home by Widow Tweed (Russi Taylor). Along the way, Tweed narrowly misses being hit by the talent scout's car, and Bickerstaff's hat flies off and lands on Tod. The following day, Tod and Copper admit their mistakes and are friends again. Hoping to amend for his doings, Tod gives Bickerstaff's hat to Copper, who uses it to track down the talent scout at a local diner.

Tod tricks Cash and Dixie into thinking the other is in trouble, and the entire band ends up meeting up at the diner. Copper convinces the band of the importance of harmony, and The Singin' Strays howl a reprise of their song "We're in Harmony", attracting the attention of the talent scout. Impressed with the band, he arranges for the dogs to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. The film ends with Copper choosing to leave the band and play with Tod again.

Production[]

In the film, the goal of the Singin' Strays is to get on the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville. Disney worked with many popular country artists and the Country Music Television cable network to promote this film.[1] Big Mama, Vixey (due to the fact that Tod meets her at his adult ages in the first film), Dinky, Boomer, and Squeaks the caterpillar didn't make a reappearance in this film. Amos Slade is a comic relief character here, without the darker side portrayed in the first film. Chief appears but has very few speaking parts and very little screen time.

Cast[]

Additional Voices[]

Soundtrack[]

Main article: The Fox and the Hound 2 (soundtrack)

A soundtrack album was released by Walt Disney Records on November 21, 2006, featuring music written by Marcus Hummon, Will Robinson, Blair Masters, Gordon Kennedy, Joel McNeely and Mike Marshall.

Reception[]

The Fox and the Hound 2 is not well-liked compared to the original 1981 predecessor. 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."

Trivia[]

  • This is the last film to have the 1990 variant of Walt Disney Pictures logo overall.
  • Big Mama, Dinky, Boomer, and Squeaks are absent in this film.
  • This is the only direct-to-DVD film to have been released as part of the Disney100 re-release lineup, due to a two-film Blu-ray release of the original film and this film being re-released as part of the October wave.
  • Widow's cow Abigale in the first movie had brown fur with darker spots, while the sequel was white with black spots.
  • After Oliver Farmer meets Winchell for the first time, a stuffed animal of Mickey Mouse can be seen at a booth just before it transitions to the next scene.
    • The same Mickey toy can be seen during the scene where Tod and Dixie execute there plan to have Copper be caught at the fair by his owner.

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References[]

  1. [1] Reference CMT and Reba McEntire as Dixie
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Media
The Fox and the Hound (video/soundtrack) • The Fox and the Hound 2 (video/soundtrack) • House of Mouse
Disney Parks
Entertainment: Rivers of Light: We Are One

Parades: Main Street Electrical Parade
Fireworks: Momentous

Characters
The Fox and the Hound: TodCopperBig MamaDinky and BoomerSqueaksWidow TweedAmos SladeChiefAbigailMr. DiggerPorcupineVixeyBear

The Fox and the Hound 2: CashDixieWaylon and FloydGranny RoseLyle SnodgrassZeldaWinchell P. BickerstaffOlivia Farmer

Locations
Widow Tweed's HomeAmos Slade's HouseThe Game Preserve
Songs
Best of FriendsLack of EducationGoodbye May Seem ForeverA Hunting ManAppreciate the LadyFriends for LifeWe're in HarmonyHound DudeGood Doggie, No Bone!Blue BeyondWe Go Together
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