16 Times "The Fox & The Hound" Was Disney’s Deepest Movie Ever

Disney’s 1981 classic explored human nature in a truly profound way. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

1. When Tod and Copper swore they’d always be best friends.

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Because they’re too young and innocent to realize they’re supposed to be enemies.

2. When you first heard the words to the main song.

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Which tells us that we’re all born good, and it’s the world that tries to turn us against one another.

3. When Amos, Copper’s master, tells him he’s supposed to hunt Tod.

 

Their whole relationship is a great allegory for war, and the way we’re inculcated into being enemies. It’s especially deep when you consider famous incidents like that time in WWI when the French and Germans got together to celebrate Christmas, and then went back to fighting each other the next day.

4. When they grow up and become enemies.

Giving us the hard truth that we’re so easily socially conditioned.

5. When Copper is hunting Tod and gets attacked by a bear and Tod defends him.

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Reminding us that when push comes to shove, our basic instinct to want to help others overcomes our social conditioning.

6. And afterwards, when Amos tries to shoot Tod, and Copper defends him.

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Again, showing that basic human empathy kicks in when it really counts.

7. When Copper and Tod DON’T become friends again at the end.

Because the world won’t let them and because too much has happened and because LIFE DOESN’T ALWAYS HAVE HAPPY ENDINGS OK?

8. When instead they share a poignant, understated final smile.

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And you realize that the greatest moments of understanding and communication in life are often silent.

9. When Big Momma tells Tod this very tough life lesson.

Because Tod and Copper’s relationship also captures how people feel when they get older and outgrow their friends.

10. When Widow Tweed leaves Tod in the woods for his own safety.

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This scene hurts. A LOT. But it shows us that losing loved ones is sometimes necessary for our maturation.

11. When Tod looks like this as she drives away.

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Heartbreakingly capturing the confusion and feeling of total helplessness this kind of moment brings.

12. When the words to the scene’s song provide a little solace:

True that.

13. When Tod learns to thrive in his new life and shacks up with Vixey.

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Which teaches us that it’s at the moments when we’re at our lowest and loneliest that we become our most independent selves.

14. When Boomer and Dinky spend the whole movie trying to catch this stupid caterpillar.

 

And then he goes and transforms into a butterfly.

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You can’t always get what you want. Life changes in remarkable ways at the most unexpected moments.

15. When the film ends with Tod and his new wife, looking over his old home.

And you realize that even if you “can’t go home again,” you can revisit your childhood and loved ones whenever you want in your memories.

16. Pretty much every moment from the beginning to the end.

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Because the basic things we understood implicitly as kids (i.e. be kind and tolerant to people who are different from you) are the same basic things we forget as adults.

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