Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear
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|Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear|
Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear, from Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings: The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation, 1881
|First appearance||19th Century|
|Created by||Traditional, Robert Roosevelt, Joel Chandler Harris, Alcée Fortier, Enid Blyton|
|Voiced by||Br'er Fox:
James Baskett (Song of the South)
Jess Harnell (Splash Mountain and modern Disney animation)
Nick Stewart (Song of the South and Splash Mountain)
James Avery (Kinect Disneyland Adventures)
In the animated sequences of the 1946 Walt Disney-produced film Song of the South like in the tales, Brer Fox is the stories' antagonist, while Brer Bear is his dim-witted henchman. Brer Fox was voiced by actor James Baskett, who also portrayed the live-action character Uncle Remus, and Brer Bear was voiced by Nick Stewart. In later appearances of the characters, the two were voiced by Jess Harnell and James Avery. In contrast to the earlier illustrations of Frederick S. Church, A. B. Frost, and E. W. Kemble, the Disney animators depict the characters in a more slapstick, cartoony style.
The cult film Coonskin, directed by Ralph Bakshi, focuses on a trio of characters inspired by the original folktales. Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox (renamed "Preacher Fox" in the film) all appear, and the elements of the stories are moved to a then-contemporary urban setting.
- Brer Fox and Brer Bear appear in the Splash Mountain attractions at Disneyland, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland. They also appear with Brer Rabbit at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for meet-and-greets, parades and shows.
- An entire segment dedicated to the pair is featured in the 1956 one-hour television special Our Unsung Villains.
- Brer Fox and Brer Bear make cameo appearances in several episodes[which?] of the Disney's House of Mouse television series, with Bonkers in the episode "Casabonkers," and in the direct-to-video release Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse.
- Brer Bear has made cameo appearances in other Disney films. He can be seen frequently in various scenes in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and he is also seen in The Lion King 1½ along with many other Disney toons coming into the theater in the ending scene.
- Brer Bear has also made sporadic appearances in Disney's Gladstone comics.
- They appear often in the Dutch Donald Duck comics, usually hunting Broer Konijn (Dutch for Brer Rabbit).
- Both Brer Bear and Brer Fox make an appearance in the video game Disneyland Adventures, and both can be seen near Splash Mountain in Critter Country.
|Wikisource has original text related to this article:|
- Brasch, Walter M. (2000). Brer Rabbit, Uncle Remus, and the 'Cornfield Journalist': The Tale of Joel Chandler Harris. Mercer University Press. p. 275.
- Walt Disney Comics Digest #27 February 1971 "The Seven Dwarfs "The Inside Hideout"
- Walt Disney Comics Digest #21 April 1970