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Br'er Bear is the secondary antagonist in the animated sequences of the 1946 feature film Song of the South.

History

Unlike the character's depiction in the earlier illustrations of Frederick S. Church, A. B. Frost and E. W. Kemble, the Disney animators redesigned Br'er Bear in a more slapstick, cartoony style. Br'er Bear is also prominently featured in the Disney theme park log flume ride Splash Mountain. The plot for Splash Mountain was based entirely on the Uncle Remus stories.

Personality

Br'er Bear is portrayed as stupid, slow-witted, prone to violence when provoked and gullible, leaving him open to being tricked repeatedly by Br'er Rabbit when he accompanies Br'er Fox (due to ignoring the latter's warnings of Br'er Rabbit's many tricks).

My Disney Experience Official Description

Br'er Fox is the brains and Br'er Bear is the brawn. He may not think much, but he knows when to think for himself.

Appearances

Song of the South

Br'er Bear is the secondary antagonist in Song of the South. He first appears in the 1st animated segment "Br'er Rabbit runs away". He is introduced when Uncle Remus says "When he hears ol' Br'er Bear ambling' down the road". He then is tricked by Br'er Rabbit into getting himself tied up in Br'er Fox's trap for Br'er Rabbit. When Br'er Fox finds Br'er Bear tied up, he cuts Br'er Bear down. Br'er Bear then gets into an argument with Br'er Fox claiming "I was making a dolla' a minute!". When Br'er Fox convinces him it was a trick, Br'er Bear begins to march towards Br'er Rabbit claiming "I'm just gonna knock his head clean OFF". He and Br'er Fox both  lunge at Br'er Rabbit, who escapes the fight, leaving Brer Fox to get repeatedly and inadvertently beaten by Br'er Bear.

Br'er Bear helps to create the Tar Baby in segment 2. He is sitting on a log while Br'er Fox builds the baby. Br'er Fox then comments that all it needs are eyes and rips the button off Br'er Bear's coat. Br'er Fox then rips the bowl off Br'er Bear's pipe to create a nose for the tar baby. Br'er Fox then rips hair off Br'er Bear's butt to give the baby some hair. They then carried the baby out into the woods on a log. Br'er Rabbit then gets caught in the tar. When Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear retrieve Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Fox wants to cook him, but Br'er Bear just wants to "knock his head clean OFF". Br'er Bear then swings widely at Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox, causing Br'er Fox to toss Br'er Rabbit into the Briar Patch. When B'rer Rabbit acts like he is dead, Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear remove their hats in respect. When Br'er pops up, Br'er Bear softly hits Br'er Fox in the head in disappointment before leaving him.

In segment 3, Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox have finally captured Br'er Rabbit. Br'er Fox is preparing to roast Br'er Rabbit as Br'er Bear sits at the table. When Br'er Rabbit burst out laughing and tells Br'er Fox about his laughing place, Br'er Bear wants to see this laughing place. The 3 Br'ers then walk through the forest, Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Bear sing "Everybody's got a Laughing' Place". Br'er Bear dives into the trees declaring " me first, me first", because he thinks Br'er Fox will try to beat him into the laughing place. Br'er Bear is then heard yelling in pain and emerging with a beehive on his nose declaring " There's nothing in here except BEES!". When Br'er Fox laughs at him, Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox are then chased around by bees, then chased away by bees with Br'er Rabbit laughing.

The Mouse Factory

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

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Br'er Bear can be spotted in several scenes of the film with other toons and at the very end of the film.

Bonkers

Br'er Bear made a cameo appearance in the episode "CasaBonkers" during the Rubber Room Song. He is seen trying to make a hot dog with various meats and cheese. When he smashed the top bun on, the hot dog itself popped out and barked at him.

House of Mouse

Br'er Bear makes cameo appearances in several episodes of the House of Mouse TV series and in the direct-to-video release Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse.

In Ask Von Drake he appears in The Ludwig Von Drake Song as he's part of the headcount of all Disney characters in the club.

The Lion King 1½

Br'er Bear's silhouette can be seen at the end of the film with several other characters in the theater.

Disney comics

Big Bad-Li'l Bad-Br'er Bear

Like many of the Disney characters from movies, Br'er Bear appeared in the Disney comics. Usually he was with his castmates from Song of the South, being tricked by Br'er Rabbit. Sometimes Br'er Fox would be the one to try and bilk Br'er Bear out of something, such as his chicken herd. This would often be a mistake for Br'er Fox as Br'er Bear would catch on at the last minute and proceed to threaten him. Disney comics were also known for juxtaposing characters from different movies and shows, and Br'er Bear was one such case where he was hunting Bambi and his forest friends. Br'er Bear comes across his fellow villainess, the Witch, who is mixing a cauldron. When Br'er Bear demands to know what the "magic potion" is, she tells him it is nothing special and it is best not to be concerned. However, Br'er Bear believes she is mixing a potion for super strength, and that she should not be hogging it, so he helps himself to some of it. When Br'er Bear blanches in disgust at how awful the formula tastes, the Witch angrily says all she was doing was making ordinary turpentine, and that is why she warned him not to drink any. Br'er Bear is then too weakened and humiliated to continue hunting Bambi, and Bambi and his forest friends rejoice that they are safe for now and that Br'er Bear was his own worst enemy due to his arrogance and refusal to heed warnings.

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Bearbrer

Brer Bear in Kinect Disneyland Adventures.

Br'er Bear appears in the game as a meet-and-greet character at the entrance to Critter Country, between The Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain.

Br'er Bear also joins Br'er Fox 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 Bear and Br'er Fox rush out only to find a "present". 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 Bear accompanies Br'er Fox in chasing after Br'er Rabbit and the player, but they are ultimately foiled.

Disney Parks

Br'er Bear appears as a walk-around character in addition to his appearance in Splash Mountain.

For meet and greets, he is often seen in Critter Country and Frontierland. He also makes rare appearances in Epcot.

In Animal Kingdom, he appeared in Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade and its holiday overlay Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade.

Splash Mountain

B'rer Bear is the secondary antagonist of he ride, appearing in all versions of the ride.

DISNEYLAND:

  • Gets caught in Br'er Fox's rope trap
  • Looks into the "Laughing Place"
  • gets stung by bees
  • Escapes Br'er Gator.

WDW/TOKYO DISNEYLAND:

  • Plots to catch Br'er Rabbit with Br'er Fox
  • Chases Br'er Rabbit over a hill with Br'er Fox(shadow)
  • Gets caught in Br'er Fox's rope trap.
  • Is lifted into Laughing place by Br'er Fox
  • Is stung by bees
  • Says "Briar Patch?" before finale drop.
  • Escapes Br'er Gator while singing "Zip-a Dee Doo Dah"

Mickey Mouse Revue

Br'er Bear, Br'er Fox and Br'er Rabbit appeared near the end of the show to sing "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah".

Trivia

  • In 1989, when Nick Stewart was called back to Disney to reprise the role of Br'er Bear for the Splash Mountain ride, Disney Historian, Jim Korkis, asked him if he thought it was at all degrading to play Br'er Bear in Song of the South, regarding all the controversy of the portrayal of African-Americans.  Nick Stewart laughed and replied "Disney treated us like Kings".  He concluded saying that the money he earned being Br'er Bear in Song of the South went towards a theatre for African-American actors to play roles other than butlers and maids.  He also said he was to do the same thing with the money from the Splash Mountain ride.

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