Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Fox and the Hound and John Schoenherr

Most people know of The Fox and the Hound because of the cutesy Disney animated movie of 1981. But it was first a novel by Daniel P. Mannix, published by Dutton in 1967 and illustrated by John Schoenherr. I was scanning spreads from my copy of the book today and was struck by this one in particular.


  1. Your father was a truly wonderful artist. By that I mean, his works produce a sense of awe and wonder in the viewer. I remember many years ago looking at a painting of his of a bison. I remember pondering it with this profound ineffable feeling, “What is it about this painting that makes it so different from the work of other wildlife painters I have seen?” Then it struck me; this painting is mythic. This is not a particular bison, or a picture of a generic bison. This is a mythic creature of the plains. The symbol of the american west that the native american held in reverence. If you look at the breadth of his oeuvre, this mythic quality is embodied in every piece.

    I first saw his work in the science fiction magazines and was impressed with his imagination. Impressed by his powerful compositions built of bold, simple shapes, rich textures and dramatic use of light and shadow. Simple bold and convincing. You believed his alien worlds. His creatures had weight and presence. God, I love his work.

    I’m an artist and have been a character animator for three decades. Ironically, The Fox and the Hound was the first movie I ever worked on. I’m proud of the work I did on the film, but oh, what a movie it might have been if it had been animated John Schoenherr!

    Please keep publishing images of of your father’s wonderful paintings. They are a national treasure.

  2. I watched the animated movie and it was good and I really would want a copy of the original book but I just can't find it anywhere. Do you know where I can find a copy of the book because I really want to read it?