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A Surprisingly Good Sequel,
This review is from: The Fox and the Hound 2 (DVD)
The Fox and the Hound 2 is a surprisingly good movie for an animated sequel! It may not be an instant Disney classic, but it's still very entertaining. One thing that made it for me is that it involves two of my favorite things; dogs and music. Quite a combination as this movie seems to hold a very musical theme; a little different from the first, but still holds well.
The story is well written. We get to see a continuation of the story of two of our favorite Disney characters Tod and Copper. In the beginning, Copper seems to be outdone by Tod in pretty much everything they do together, right down to cricket chasing. That on top of the fact that Copper is struggling in his training to become a good hunting dog makes him feel down on himself with that familiar "I can't do anything right" attitude. But, Copper soon discovers he has a talent for singing, and a twist of luck allows him to join a singing group of dogs known as the "Singing Strays." He enjoys the fame that comes with being a part of the group, but it soon threatens his friendship with Tod. In addition, the group's lead singer Dixie becomes jealous of Copper for taking away her spotlight. But, in the end, there is a well learned lesson for pretty much every character in the story. The animation is simply stunning. I was impressed with how well drawn the characters and scenes are. The animators did well with the movements and expressions of each of the dogs. The voice cast is awesome. Reba McEntire was phenomenal as the voice of Dixie, and also Patrick Swayze did well as the voice of Cash. We also get to hear the voices of some other great familiar names like Jeff Foxworthy, Jim Cummings and Rob Paulsen.
The best thing about this movie by far is the soundtrack. I was simply amazed with the songs in this film! Most sequels seem to feature a soundtrack full of poorly written forgettable songs that just can't match the catchy tunes from the previous movies. This movie's soundtrack actually manages to surpass that of the original, with awesome songs like "We're in Harmony" by the Singing Strays. Reba McEntire highlights the movie with her performance of "Good Doggie, No Bone," and also, Little Big Town performs the closing song "We Go Together," which I have NOT been able to get out of my head!
I was a bit disappointed to find that like many sequels, this movie does not have anything to do with the original storyline. It is in fact a "midquel," that takes place entirely during Tod and Copper's childhood (I guess you could call it a flashback). Given that the first movie ended on a bit of a sad note, it would have been nice to see a continuation of that story to see if grown up Tod and Copper could rekindle their friendship. Instead, we get a story that takes place somewhere in the middle of the first movie, and ends with Tod and Copper still the best of friends. A happy ending, but yet a bit sad since you know what happens to them later on.
Still, The Fox and the Hound 2 is a very entertaining and fascinating movie that the whole family will enjoy.