Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Art Stevens
Based on the book by Daniel Mannix, THE FOX AND THE HOUND works perfectly as a Disney tale: The messages are sweet and healthy, the voice actors are strong and colorful, the animation (although not up to the 50s & 60s standard) is pretty excellent, plus there's songs, chases, excitement, and chuckles.
It's interesting to note that FOX was a team effort from both the old-school Disney veterans and a new team of hungry youngsters. The creators of the classics were retiring, but not before they could teach some lessons to the new guys. The studio may have gone off the rails for a few years after THE FOX AND THE HOUND, but this one still feels like a classic. Or at very least, a mini-classic. Either way, I consider it a worthy addition to my Special Disney DVD shelf -- and I know lots of animation fans who feel exactly the same way.
Sing-Along Songs: The Best of Friends allows you to sing along with the lyrics of a song called "The Best of Friends." This option is also known as "subtitles."
There's also a Forest Friendship Game and a DVD Storybook called "New Best Friends." Cute for the kiddies. But as far as grown-up goodies go, things look pretty slim. Passing the Baton (6:30) is as close as we get to any sort of backstage insight. Seems that F&H acted as sort of a "changing of the guard" at Disney. Although the film was started by some of the most legendary animators in the studio's history (Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas), those guys retired before the flick was done, and it was then passed over to guys like Ron Clements, Glen Keane, and John Musker -- all of whom have gone on to rather impressive careers.
There's also a fairly nifty 14-page photo gallery that delivers a look at some artwork, snapshots, and promotional materials. And rounding out the disc are a pair of shorts: 1951's LAMBERT THE SHEEPISH LION (8:20) and 1941's LEND A PAW (8:10), starring Goofy.
Gotta say, though, I'm pretty disappointed with the supplemental material. It's a 25th Anniversary Edition, guys! You couldn't have scrounged up some more interviews and maybe a commentary track?!?