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Mr. Digger-(Fox and the Hound)
Mr. Digger
Background information
Feature films The Fox and the Hound
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Kathy Zielinski
Glen Keane
Voice John McIntire
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Grumpy, short-tempered, greedy, selfish
Appearance Slender badger, elderly, gray fur
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Den owner
Alignment Neutral/Bad
Affiliations
Goal To keep animals (especially Tod) from barging into his house
Home His den at the game preserve
Relatives
Pets
Allies
Minions
Enemies Tod, Porcupine, animals that get in his way
Likes Being on his own
Dislikes Animals barging into his home, Tod's excuses, the Porcupine being nosey
Powers and abilities Strength
Weapons
Fate Watches in anger as Tod and Vixey confirm their love for each other.
Quote "Hold it, sonny. Back off!
"You're barging into someone's house like you own it!"

Mr. Digger is a minor antagonist in the 1981 film The Fox and the Hound. He is an old badger who hates it when animals barge into his home. He was voiced by John McIntire.

Personality

The badger is very old and very grumpy. He seems to enjoy his privacy as he doesn't like it when Tod repeatedly enters his den. He is also quite unsympathetic, as even after the Porcupine explains that Tod is new to the reserve, he instead orders Tod to go back where he came from.

Appearances

The Fox and the Hound

He is first seen when Tod is trying to find a den in the forest. Tod goes into a den that he thinks is empty until the old badger comes and starts yelling at him. Tod tries to explain that he thought the den was empty, but the badger doesn't listen or believe him, and tells Tod to get off his property.

The badger is seen again when Tod accidentally lands on his den when he is poked by the porcupine. The badger starts yelling at him more than before. When the badger learns that Tod is new to the forest, instead of taking Tod under his wing and imparting little words of wisdom, he orders Tod to go back where he came from (not realizing that Amos Slade is hunting Tod). The Badger is next seen watching in anger as Tod and Vixey confirm their love for each other. The Badger is not seen throughout the rest of the film after this.

The badger might seem like an antagonist, but he may be just behaving like a typical grumpy recluse. One who doesn't like it when others, in their words, trespass into their territory, whether intentional or not.

Trivia

  • John McIntire, the voice of the grumpy badger, was married to actress Jeanette Nolan, the voice of Mrs. Tweed, from 1935 til his death in 1991. They also voiced characters together in The Rescuers, in which he was Rufus the Cat and she was Ellie Mae the Swamp Mouse.
  • Mr. Digger is one of the Disney Villains to be grumpy and mean.
  • Mr. Digger is very similar to the Porcupine from Bambi II: they both are elderly, have a grumpy attitude and are both disturbed from their slumber by the main protagonist (Mr. Digger by Tod, Porcupine by Bambi) of their respective films.
  • Mr. Digger was animated by Glen Keane.


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