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Br'er Bear
Background information
Feature films Song of the South
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
The Lion King 1½ (cameo)
Television programs The Mouse Factory
Bonkers (cameo)
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
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Ollie Johnston
Eric Larson
Voice Nicodemus Stewart (1946-1989)
James Avery (1992-2011)
Performance model
Inspiration Br'er Bear from the Uncle Remus stories compiled by Joel Chandler Harris
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Brother Bear
Personality Funny, clumsy, burly, simple-minded, short-tempered, carefree, easy-going, trusting, confused, lazy, gullible, bumbling
Appearance Big grizzly bear, brown fur, cream muzzle, large black nose, gray circles around his eyes, dark gray eyelids, brief black eyebrows, blue unbuttoned dress shirt, red fedora
Occupation Br'er Fox's sidekick
Alignment Good/Bad
Goal To "knock Br'er Rabbit's head clean off"
Home Chickapin Hill
Relatives Junior (son)
Allies Br'er Fox, Br'er Rabbit (sometimes), Guests at Disney Parks
Enemies Br'er Rabbit (sometimes), Big Bad Wolf
Likes Relaxing, eating, being carefree, fishing, dancing, laughing, rabbit stew
Dislikes Betrayals, getting angry, Br'er Rabbit's tricks, Big Bad Wolf stealing his chickens
Powers and abilities His strength
Weapons His club
Fate Gets chased away by bees with Br'er Fox (in Song of the South).
Gets stuck in a briar patch (in Splash Mountain)
Quote "I'm just gonna knock his head clean off!"
"Duh, that's what you the last time before, and the time before that, and the--look, let's just knock his head clean off!"
"NOW, LOOK!!!! You said this was a laughin' place, and I ain't laughin'."

Br'er Bear is the secondary antagonist in the animated sequences of Disney's 1946 hybrid film Song of the South. He has been voiced by Nicodemus Stewart and James Avery.


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.


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 Brer Rabbit's many tricks).


Song of the South

He is a supporting antagonist of the film and the dim witted assistant of Br'er Fox, but they both lose every time to Br'er Rabbit.

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.


Br'er Bear made a cameo appearance in the episode "Casabonkers" during the Rubber Room Song.

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.

The Lion King 1½

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

Disney comics

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

Brer Bear in Kinect Disneyland Adventures.
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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 can be seen in Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade and its holiday overlay Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade.

Splash Mountain

Br'er Bear plays his usual role as Br'er Fox's bumbling sidekick, giving Br'er Fox a boost to see Br'er Rabbit planning to leave home, getting caught in a rope trap, being stung by bees in the Laughing Place and in the end being caught in the Briar Patch while happily 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.


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