The Little Fox

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The Little Fox
DVD cover
Directed by Attila Dargay
Screenplay byAttila Dargay
István Imre
Ede Tarbay
Based on Vuk
by István Fekete
Starring Judit Pogány
József Gyabronka
Teri Földi
Gyula Szabó
CinematographyIrén Henrik
Edited byJános Czipauer
Magda Hap
Music by Peter Wolf
Distributed byMokép
Release dates
  • 10 December 1981 (1981-12-10)(Budapest, Hungary)

  • 18 June 1987 (1987-06-18)
Running time
76 minutes
Budget7 million Ft
Box office17.2 million Ft

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. [1] The film is directed by Attila Dargay and written by Attila Dargay, István Imre and Ede Tarbay, and released in 1981. [2]


A computer animated and widely panned sequel, A Fox's Tale , was released in 2008. [3]


The film tells the story of a little fox kit, Vic (Vuk in the original Hungarian version), who ventures away from his family's den and, upon his return finds it empty. He concludes that his whole family left the den with the human hunter (called "Smoothskinner" in the cartoon) because he can smell him. His uncle Karak finds him, decides to keep Vic in this comforting thought instead of telling him the truth, 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 even dares to infiltrate the hunter's house, during which he finds a vixen, named Foxy, held captive in a cage. During a stormy night, he tricks the guard dogs and other animals, as well as the hunter himself, and eventually helps the vixen escape by smashing the cage open with a loaded wagon.

Foxy joins Vic and Karak in the woods, but when Autumn comes, Vic's uncle is shot by the hunter during the seasonal hunt. Vic swears revenge on the hunter and finally accomplishes it: first by breaking into the food locker and eating up all the eggs, then taking away all the poultry from the cages while playing many jokes on the hunter's stupid dogs (which results in the two dogs becoming strays at the end). Eventually, the hunter decides to set up bear traps around his house, luring Vic with goose roast; however, the two hunting dogs fall into said traps, and the third one seriously injures the hunter himself as well. At the end of the film, Vic and Foxy have cubs of their own. [4]

Voice cast


English version

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. [6] The English dub changes Vuk's name to "Vic" and his wife's name to "Foxy," although Karak's name remains unchanged. [7]

Voice cast

Home media

The film was released on VHS in 1987 [8] by Celebrity Home Entertainment [9] (re-released 4 November 1994). [10]

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