Brer Fox is the primary antagonist in the animated sequences of the 1946 Walt Disney film Song of the South. He is a character from the Uncle Remus folktales adapted and compiled by Joel Chandler Harris The character was voiced by actor James Baskett , who also portrayed the live-action character Uncle Remus. In contrast to the Br'er Fox in the earlier illustrations of Frederick S. Church, A. B. Frost, and E. W. Kemble, the Disney animators depict the character in a more slapstick, cartoony style.
Br'er Fox acts as the main antagonist of the film. In his segments, he plots to capture Br'er Rabbit in an attempt to devour him. He traps Br'er Rabbit and tries to catch him but fails. He creates a tar baby which Br'er Rabbit becomes stuck onto while trying to befriend it. He takes the Rabbit to his lair but before he can cook him, Br'er Rabbit convinces the fox and Brer Bear to take him to his laughing place. There he tricks both Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear into having a fight amongst themselves which leads to their defeat.
Br'er Fox appeared primarily in the Uncle Remus Sunday comic strip which initially adapted the stories used in the films before going into other stories of the Br'er Animals. Outside these particular strips, he has also worked with the Big Bad Wolf, and along with Br'er Bear, matched wits with Chip 'n' Dale, and have made attempts in hunting Bambi and his friends.
Br'er Fox makes cameo appearances in several episodes of the Disney's House of Mouse television series and in the direct-to-video release Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse. In the episode "The Stolen Cartoons", Br'er Fox is seen preparing to catch Br'er Rabbit, but stops when he learns the rule of no villainous schemes.
Br'er Fox appears as a meet-and-greet character near Splash Mountain in Critter Country. He even gives the player a megaphone as a gift.
Br'er Fox also plays a role 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 a trick, 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.
Brer Fox is available for meet and greet as a walkaround character. He is most commonly seen in Critter Country near Splash Mountain.
An audio animatronic version of Brer Fox is present in all versions of the attraction. In this new story, Brer Fox attempts to capture Brer Rabbit yet again and nearly succeeds until the clever rabbit trick the hungry fox into throwing him into the Briar Patch.
Brer Fox appeared with Brer Bear and Brer Rabbit to sing Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah near the end of the show.
Brer Fox previously appeared in both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions of the show during the finale, but disappeared from them in the early 2000's. However, he returned to the Disneyland version for its special 20th Anniversary performances.
- J. Pat O'Malley was briefly considered for the voice of Br'er Fox.
- His voice isn't entirely in sync with the animation as a result of James Baskett's quick-paced delivery.
- Brer Fox is very similar to the Big Bad Wolf. Both are carnivores, they have the same goal of eating the protagonists (for Brer Fox, Brer Rabbit; for Big Bad Wolf, The Three Little Pigs). The main difference that Brer Fox is a fox, while Big Bad Wolf is a wolf.
- Brer Fox and Brer Bear are about the same animals as Robin Hood and Little John from Robin Hood. (Brer Fox and Robin Hood are both foxes, while Brer Bear and Little John are both bears). The only difference is that Robin Hood and Little John are heroes, while Brer Fox and Brer Bear are villains.