Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear

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Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear
Brer Bear and Brer Fox, 1881.jpg
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)
Br'er Bear:
Nick Stewart (Song of the South and Splash Mountain)
James Avery (Kinect Disneyland Adventures)
Information
Species Red Fox
Brown bear
Gender Male
Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear in Song of the South (1946). Disney's versions of the characters are drawn in a more humorous and cartoony style than the illustrations in Harris's books.

Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear (also spelled Brer Fox and Brer Bear, /ˈbrɛər/) are fictional characters from the Uncle Remus folktales adapted and compiled by Joel Chandler Harris.

In the animated sequences of the 1946 Walt Disney-produced film Song of the South, Brer Fox is the primary villain (depicted as comically devious and cruel), while Brer Bear is his dim-witted sidekick. 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.[1]

The cult film Coonskin, directed by Ralph Bakshi, focuses on a trio of characters inspired by the original folktales, and the characters of Br'er Fox (renamed "Preacher Fox" in Bakshi's film), Br'er Bear, and Br'er Rabbit. It moves elements from the stories to a then-contemporary urban setting.

Other appearances[edit]

  • 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 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, such as once when he hunted Bambi and his friends. The Wicked Witch from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is also near the forest, and she apparently knows Brer Bear when he visits her, but cautions him not to drink what is in her cauldron. Brer Bear helps himself to it, as he believes she is making a potion for super strength, but is then taken aback when she scolds him for not listening to her warning and that she was just mixing ordinary turpentine. Brer Bear is then too weakened and too humiliated to continue trying to hunt Bambi and his friends, who rejoice that his own arrogance and stupidity led to his own defeat.[2] In another Walt Disney comic, Brer Bear thinks Brer Rabbit has been smashing mail boxes and hay wagons and as usual fails to catch Brer Rabbit in the briar patch. Brer Bear vows to catch Brer Rabbit as he is the constable of "Huckleberry County", but Brer Rabbit eventually gradually finds the real culprit (the smashed objects were actually accidents). In another story, Brer Bear and Brer Fox first get into a fight and after each of them tries to steal a stolen pie-both end up trapped on a sign in the middle of a frozen pond. The running gag in the comics is when Brer Bear beats up Brer Wolf (aka Zeke Wolf). Brer Brear; Brer Fox; Brer Wesel {and possibly Brer Wolf} are members of the "Foul Order of Foulfellows" [3]
  • They appear a lot in the Dutch Donald Duck comics. they are almost always hunting Broer konijn (Dutch for Brer Rabbit), but they always fail, part because Brer Bear is always fooled by Brer Rabbit, and part because Brer Fox, who is a lot smarter, still works together with Brer bear.
  • Both Brer Bear and Brer Fox make an appearance in the video game Disneyland Adventures, and can both be found near Splash Mountain in Critter Country

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brasch, Walter M. (2000). Brer Rabbit, Uncle Remus, and the 'Cornfield Journalist': The Tale of Joel Chandler Harris. Mercer University Press. p. 275.
  2. ^ Walt Disney Comics Digest #27 February 1971 "The Seven Dwarfs "The Inside Hideout"
  3. ^ Walt Disney COmics digest # 21 April 1970