After the legendary team known as the 'Nine Old Men' retired, a period of transition began at the studio, which unfortunately brought some problems to the struggling new team and to the films they were working on. While some historians and fans state that the 'Dark Ages' started after Walt's death, it was in most of the 80s that the problems were felt, not only by the animation department, but by the entire company. Many of the films released in this decade threatened the very existence of animation at Disney, and you can tell that most of them had troubled productions, as it shows in the final product. Still, problems and all, there are some bright spots in this era and the films were a prelude for greater things and times that would return the studio to its former glory.
Tomorrow: Animated Classic #24: The Fox and the Hound (1981).