The Little Fox
|The Little Fox|
|Directed by||Attila Dargay|
|Screenplay by||Attila Dargay
by István Fekete
|Starring||Judit Pogány (young Vuk)
József Gyabronka (Vuk)
Teri Földi (Íny)
Gyula Szabó (Kag)
|Music by||Peter Wolf|
|Edited by||János Czipauer
|Distributed by||Mokép (1981) (Hungary) (all media)
Celebrity Home Entertainment (1987) (USA) (VHS)
Hal Roach Studios (1987) (USA) (all media)
Just For Kids Video (1994) (USA) (VHS)
Hungarian Budget: 7,000,000Gross Revenue: 17,162,193
The Little Fox, known in Hungary as Vuk, is a 1981 Hungarian animated film produced by Pannónia Filmstúdió, based on the novel Vuk by István Fekete. The film is directed by Attila Dargay and written by Attila Dargay, István Imre, Ede Tarbay, and Magyar Televízió, the Hungarian national public service television company, owned by the Government of Hungary and launched in 1981. Along with Cat City, it is widely regarded as one of the classics of Hungarian animation. It features the voice talents of Judit Pogány as young Vuk, József Gyabronka as adult Vuk, László Csákányi as Karak and Tibor Bitskey as the narrator. A computer animated and widely panned sequel, A Fox's Tale, was released in 2008.
The film tells the story of a little fox kit, Vic (Vuk in the Hungarian version), who ventures away from his family's den and, upon his return, learns from his uncle Karak that his entire family has been shot and killed by a human hunter. Karak then offers for Vic to stay with him, and Karak continues to raise him.
As Vic grows older, he develops much cunning and cleverness. Now a young adult fox, he finds a vixen, named Foxy, held captive in a cage on a human farm. He tricks the guard dogs and other animals, as well as the hunter himself, and eventually helps the vixen escape.
Foxy joins Vic and Karak in the woods, but Vic's uncle is shot by humans during a hunt. Vic swears revenge on the hunter and finally accomplishes it, playing many jokes on the hunter's stupid dogs, killing and devouring the man's livestock and eventually playing tricks on the man himself. At the end of the film, Vic and Foxy have cubs of their own.
- József Gyabronka - Vuk
- Judit Pogány - Young Vuk
- Teri Földi - Íny
- Gyula Szabó - Kag
- László Csákányi - Karak
- Erzsébet Kútvölgyi - Fox girl
- Tibor Bitskey - Narrator
- Róbert Koltai - Simabõrû the Hunter
The English-language dub of the film, titled simply The Little Fox, was made in 1987 and released in the United States on home video by Celebrity Home Entertainment. It was also broadcast from time to time on Nickelodeon's weekend programming block called "Special Delivery." The English dub changes Vuk's name to "Vic" and his wife's name to "Foxy," although Karak's name remained unchanged.
- Nancy Cartwright - Vic
- Steven R. Weber - Adult Vic
- John Bellucci - Vic's Father, Narrator
- Anne Costello - Vic's mother, Additional Voices
- William Kiehl - Karak
- Les Marshak - Additional Voices
- Lucy Martin - Foxy
- Peter Newman - Additional Voices
- George Gonneau - Chester the Hunter
- Maia Danziger - Additional Voices
- Ira Lewis - Additional Voices