Sunday, April 17, 2016

"We'll always be friends, won't we?"

 Wherein there was childhood sorrow

 I am going to try and explain my Fox and the Hound questions before I fall asleep. I meant to do this on Friday, but that didn't work. Then yesterday I had the chance to attend one of the most beautiful weddings ever - it was also the only wedding I've been to which felt completely stress-free. If I ever get married I want a wedding like that.
 (As a side note, I also had my very first slow dance with a charming fella. Sure, he might have been only three weeks old...and he might have slept the whole time, but still. It was everything I hoped my first dance would be.)

 Now, to try and quickly explain The Fox and the Hound.

 I first saw the movie when I was about seven. I saw it only once, and I loved it all the way to the end. Then it traumatized my little child brain and I couldn't bring myself to watch it again. Then I had my wisdom teeth out, and while I suffered horrible pain I decided to re-watch all my favorite childhood movies, that one included.

 All through it I prepared myself for the heart breaking ending, but to my shock, it didn't end the way I remembered. Unsure if it was just me or if this was something which had happened to everyone, I began to ask around.

 Basically, like me, there is a lot of people who believe the movie ended with the hound being shot getting between his owner and the fox.

 Now, if it was just me who remembered this I would call it my overactive imagination. But my cousin remembers this ending, my brothers, and several friends. And as a child my brothers and I just knew, we didn't discuss that movie. We didn't even acknowledge it existed.

 About half the people I talked to remember the ending I did, the others know the real ending.

 Don't ask me what happened. My friend Ben and I tried to see if there was an original ending, but her sister saw it in theater and saw the ending which is the one I saw when I had my teeth out.

 So don't ask why some of us picked this movie to imagine the exact same painful ending for - it would have been so much easier with Trusty in The Lady and the Tramp. But for some reason we went with this one, which had a clearly happy ending in spite of the sadness which went along with it. And those who remember the death ending for some reason never told our parents and therefore never had the reassurance that the hound lived.

 A lot of us suffered years of sorrow and pain for nothing, but at least we didn't suffer alone. We were all in it together, even if we just made the pain up.

 And now you know the reason for my question.

 TTFN! I'm going to bed.



  1. My life is a lie, I thought for sure the Hound died. What?????

  2. Awww, I remember it being sad because they couldn't play and have fun together anymore and Todd had to go to the forest preserve... but I knew they all lived.


  3. I'm afraid I don't remember the film well enough to remember the ending at all.


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