The important bits of The Fox And The Hound happened behind the scenes. Originally planned for a Christmas 1980 release, the release date had to be pushed back eight months. Production was marred by rifts between Wolfgang Reitherman and the old guard and Art Stevens and Larry Clemmons and the young Turks at the studio.
Reitherman pushed his own ideas on the designs and story, but the newer team had other ideas they wanted to pursue. In the midst of this, animator Don Bluth declared Disney's work "stale" and walked out of the production. John Pomeroy, Gary Goldman and sixteen other animators also fled the studio, and Bluth went on to form his own studio.
Needless to say, the loss of 20% of their animation staff slowed production on the film, and pushed back the release date. When the film hit theaters in July of 1981, the film ended up making 63 million dollars. Based on a budget of only 12 million, that made the film a financial success.
First Disney release with Dolby Noise Reduction.
This was the 24th film in the official Disney list of animated films.
The Fox And The Hound Production Information
Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.
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