The Fox and the Hound is one of those films — I think of it as a classic. That is, I’ve always thought of it as a classic. I guess because the title feels like an iconic Disney film. But it’s obviously not on the level as the heavy hitters. You can tell that without having even seen it. I knew nothing about this film until I bought it on Blu-Ray when they released it this past year or last year or whenever it was.
It’s the kind of film — by itself, the plot is definitely one of Disney’s weakest. There’s really not much of a plot here, and considering the run time, doesn’t have much of a pace to it. And yet — as you watch it — it works. I can’t explain why it works, but it does. I’m sure there are people who would feel this should go higher, and probably more who feel it should go lower (especially considering some of the films I’ve ranked below it), but — I don’t know. I just feel like it hits the right notes to belong where it is. It’s obviously not one of the most entertaining of all 51, but there’s just something about it that makes me feel happy. It’s just simple. And to me that counts for a lot.