The Great Disney Blogathon: The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006)
|June 30, 2015||Posted by Jess under Cartoons, Disney, Movies, Musicals, The Great Disney Blogathon|
Of all the mysteries in the world, one of the most puzzling is why Disney chose to make a sequel to The Fox and the Hound, easily one of the most forgotten movies in their stable. And, well, despite the presence of frankly bafflingly big names in the cast (Patrick Swayze and Reba McEntire, what are you doing?), it doesn’t really justify its existence. It consists purely of the worst of what the sequels have to offer: a lot of butt jokes hung on a nonsensical plot with ludicrously low stakes that makes no emotional sense in the context of the original movie, and some country songs full of dog puns.
Technically, this one’s a midquel like Bambi II, but where that movie wrung some genuine pathos out of the relationship between Bambi and his father, this one’s about…Copper joining a band. No, seriously. I can’t even bring myself to go into the plot in detail; suffice to say there are a lot of singing dogs and Copper learns a valuable lesson about friendship that I assume he forgets somewhere before he attempts to rip Tod’s throat out with his teeth.
I’m sorry, you guys. I usually try to look for something substantive to say in these reviews, but there’s nothing substantive in this movie. Everything about it was clearly done on the cheap in a shameless grab for those direct-to-video dollars, and using a franchise that it’s hard to muster up strong feelings about in the first place. I’m genuinely looking forward to covering the glorious disaster that is The Black Cauldron next; it is, as I say, a disaster, but God, at least someone tried.