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Brer Rabbit
Background information
Feature films Song of the South
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Mickey's House of Villains
Short films
Television programs Walt Disney anthology series
The Mouse Factory
House of Mouse
Video games Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Park attractions Splash Mountain
Mickey Mouse Revue
Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade
Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade
Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade
Light Magic
Parade of the Stars
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Marc Davis
Ollie Johnston
Voice Johnny Lee (1946)
James Baskett (1946)
Jess Harnell (1989 - present)
Performance model
Inspiration Brer Rabbit from the Uncle Remus stories compiled by Joel Chandler Harris
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Brother Rabbit
Personality Sneaky, comical, fun-loving, clever, cocky, carefree, cute, lovable, curious, adventurous, resourceful, quick-thinking, a trickster
Appearance Slender rabbit, brown (sometimes gray) fur, pink polo shirt, long blue pants
Alignment Good
Goal To find a laughing place and outsmart Brer Fox
Home The Briar Patch
Allies Uncle Remus, Mr. Bluebird, Br'er Frog, Br'er Turtle, Br'er Gator, Br'er Bear (sometimes), Johnny, Ginny Favers, Toby, other critters
Enemies Brer Fox, Brer Bear (usually)
Likes Having fun, playing tricks, adventures, hugs
Dislikes Brer Fox and Brer Bear's schemes
Powers and abilities High-hops
Extreme intelligence
Weapons Fists
Fate Always escapes Brer Fox
Quote "Everbody's got a laughing place!"
"Don't worry 'bout me. I can take care of m'self."
"How do you do?"

Br'er Rabbit is a comical character who first appeared in Disney's 1946 film Song of the South, which inspired the Disney theme park attraction Splash Mountain, where he is also featured.

Despite Song of the South's unavailability on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray in the USA, Brer Rabbit and his nemeses Brer Fox and Brer Bear are popular fixtures at the Disney parks.

He was voiced by Johnny Lee in the first two animated segments of the film and James Baskett in the last segment. Since 1989, he has been voiced by Jess Harnell.

Like Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear, Br'er Rabbit speaks in a Deep South accent, complete with much of their dialect and quirks of speech, and wears stereotypical lower-class African-American clothing of the time. He is portrayed as being something of a scallywag and is not quite as clever as he thinks he is, which, along with his arrogance and being overconfident, is the reason for him getting trapped in the first place - but he's still quite smart enough to outwit Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear.

He is brown in his movie, but due to the racist content in the movie, he is colored gray for the rest of his appearances.


Song of the South

In the film, Uncle Remus tell tales of Brer Rabbit and his enemies Brer Fox and Brer Bear. Brer Rabbit lives out most of his roles in the story book. In one of the stories, Brer Fox and Brer Bear attempt to use the Tar Baby to capture and eat Brer Rabbit. Brer Rabbits gets stuck inside, but eventually escapes by Brer Fox throwing him into a briar patch which ends in peculiar results. In one of the other stories. Brer Rabbit is captured by Brer Fox and Brer Bear and nearly eaten until he tricks them into taking him to his "Laughing Place".

The Mouse Factory

Br'er Rabbit made recurring appearances in the live-action wrap-around skits alongside the other costumed characters and celebrity guests.

House of Mouse

Brer Rabbit makes numerous cameo appearances in the animated series House of Mouse.

His most notable cameo is in the first episode "The Stolen Cartoons", where Mickey Mouse reminds everyone of the House of Mouse rules. As one of the rules, Mickey says "No villainous schemes", at which point Brer Fox and Brer Bear stop themselves from catching Brer Rabbit.

He is also seen during The Ludwig Von Drake song in "Ask Von Drake".

Brer Rabbit also appears briefly in Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse and Mickey's House of Villains.

Video Game Appearances

Kinect Disneyland Adventures


Br'er Rabbit in Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Brer Rabbit appears in the game as an unlockable meet-and-greet character outside the entrance to Splash Mountain in Critter Country, after the player helps Brer Fox lure him out of hiding.

Brer Rabbit also serves as the player's guide in the Splash Mountain mini-game. Br'er Rabbit and the player pay a visit to Br'er Fox's house, where Br'er Rabbit tricks his foes into believing that he tripped and fell down and is now helpless in front of their door. Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear rush out only to find a "present". Ignoring Br'er Fox's warnings that it's most likely one of the rabbit's tricks, Br'er Bear eagerly opens it to discover a beehive, although he doesn't realize it's a hive until the bees come out and attack. Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear then start chasing after Br'er Rabbit and the player, but the two villains are ultimately foiled.

Disney Parks

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Brer Rabbit at one of Disney Parks

Brer Rabbit, along with Brer Fox and Brer Bear, is a popular character in the Disney Parks around the world.

A statue of Brer Rabbit can be seen at the Magic Kingdom in the Hub in front of Cinderella Castle. He is most commonly seen at Walt Disney World (usually at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom) and Tokyo Disneyland, but is rarely seen at Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.

Splash Mountain

Brer Rabbit stars in the popular attraction Splash Mountain. The ride features a 50 ft drop as its climax and features dozens of animatronics of characters from Song of the South, most notably Brer Rabbit.

Mickey Mouse Revue

In this original Magic Kingdom attraction that was subsequently moved to Tokyo Disneyland, Brer Rabbit appeared with Brer Fox and Brer Bear to sing Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah near the end of the show.


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