Stone Fox (1987)

  • Year: 1987
  • Released: 30 Mar 1987
  • Country: United States, Canada
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  • Available in: 480p,
  • Language: English
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  • Genre: Drama, Family, Western
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Writer: Walter Halsey Davis, John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Director: Harvey Hart
  • Cast: Buddy Ebsen, Joey Cramer, Belinda Montgomery
  • Keywords: dog-sledding race,
70% – Audience

Stone Fox Storyline

Little Willy must win a dog sled race in order to save his grandfather’s cattle ranch.

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Stone Fox Movie Reviews

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All in all, Stone Fox (the movie) was different from what I expected.

There are way too many changes from the book for my taste. Mainly the differences are minor (the entry fee is $10 instead of $50, there are now 7 racers instead of 9, Willy starts as the middle racer instead of Stone Fox, the kids raise the money instead of Willy spending his savings, and now the prize money is only $150 instead of $500 (yet the video box still says $500, so this may be an error))

However, there are some major changes. First, Willy and Grandpa are now cattle ranchers instead of potato farmers. Second, Grandpa is broke from the harsh winter and not the tax collector. Third, the kids get extended time in the movie.

Basically, the movie changed the story from a “fairy tale” atmosphere about a boy, his love for his dog, the dog’s heart and love of the family, the heirarch of the family (grandpa) and his illness, and the nice yet interesting townsfolk into a town affair, along with having a statement about the effect of paying or not paying taxes and are they even necessary. It is less plausable in effect and less heartwarming.

Yes, the book is based off of myth and only the ending is truely known to have happened, but why change the framework of an award winning book that while short (87 pages with pictures)is a much better storyline?

I guess they (the network) had to work that love angle in some how or they didn’t want any political fallout on taxes?? (yeah right).

I gave this movie a 5 of 10. Those who have not read the book may rate it higher.

This movie is a good teaching tool just because it is so different from the book.

As a fan of this book, I truly understand the feelings of the other raters. It is a wonderful, heartwarming book that my students love to read. One of the ways I try to teach my students that books usually are better than the movies that are made from them is by showing them the movie. They get very excited when they know they will also be watching the movie- anything that motivates them to read is terrific! Anyway, this movie/book serves as an excellent teaching tool because I have the students complete a Venn Diagram while they are watching, noting the ways they are alike and different. This is something they are required to do for the new CCSS. However we can interest this new generation of learners works for me!