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Friday, April 5, 2013

The Fox and The Hound

First of all I’d just like to say how old I felt when renting this movie. It is after all the 25th anniversary edition. (and that was two years ago.) I remember seeing this movie in theaters. I was eight. The movie is just as much fun and full of excitement when I was a kid too. An orphaned fox named Tod (Keith Coogan) is taken in by a sweet old widow. She takes to him as a pet and companion and gives him love and shelter. Meanwhile a neighboring farm is welcoming in a new life of it’s own. A young pup named Copper (Corey Feldman) who is being trained to be a hunting dog. They unaware of their supposed rivalry become best friends and must over come adversity, vengeance and instinct to keep the friendship alive. The smaller characters are charming as well. The wise old owl called Big Mama (Pearl Bailey) takes own her name sake qualities and acts as a mother figure to both Copper and Tod. The feisty old woodpecker and his mentoring young sparrow who spend all their time hunting down a “worm “ with legs. Hint: He grows wings at the end. They are cute and vivacious as well. Cooper’s mentor and role model is a wise of hound dog named Chief, he is the polar opposite of young energetic Cooper. The animation is wonderful. The music is full of emotion and the script isn’t too bad either. It’s a shame there wasn’t an Oscar for Best Animated Film back the eighties. This would be a shoe in to win. I thoroughly enjoyed my journey back to my single digit years. I felt a child like innocence when seeing this movie over again for the seemingly first time. All in all it was fun. Grade A-

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm