Br'er Fox is a character from the Uncle Remus folktales adapted and compiled by Joel Chandler Harris. 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. He is introduced when Br'er Rabbit gets caught in rope trap and uncle Remus says "Then, up there on Chick-A-Pin Hill, who hears that commotion but ol' Br'er Fox?" He then sharpens his axe and runs over to the trap , where he finds Br'er Bear in the trap instead. He then cuts Br'er Bear down and tells him that Br'er Rabbit has tricked him. The two villains then rush towards Br'er Rabbit and fight over who gets to eat him. Br'er Rabbit slips out of the fight and leaves Br'er Fox to be beaten by Br'er Bear.
In the Tar Baby Segment, he creates the baby while Br'er Bear sits on a log and comments. He rips Br'er Bear's coat buttons off to create eyes, takes off Br'er Bear's pipe to create a nose and some of Br'er Bear's butt hairs to give the baby hair. The two then carry the baby out into the forest. Br'er Bear puts Br'er Fox's hat on the baby. Br'er Fox then puts Br'er Bear's hat on it.however, Br'er Bear accidentally removes the baby's head when h puts his hat on, causing Br'er Fox to panic. Br'er Rabbit then comes by and fights the baby, getting caught in the tar. When the segment continues, Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear are dancing around Br'er Rabbit, who is stuck. The two then fight over what is to be done with Br'er Rabbit. Br'er Fox wants to cook him while Br'er Bear wants to knock his head off. The two fight, leading to Br'er Rabbit being thrown to the Briar Patch. the two then take off their hats in respect, for Br'er Rabbit plays dead. Then when Br'er Rabbit sings and dances away, Br'er Bear hits Br'er Fox in the head before leaving him.
In the "laughing place" segment, the two have finally caught Br'er Rabbit. But, just before he's cooked, Br'er Rabbit bursts out laughing and tells the two of his "Laughing Place", earning Br'er Bear's support. They then go into the forest, with Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Bear singing merrily, while Br'er Fox remains miserable. They then stop at a tree, where Br'er Fox tells Br'er Bear the whole thing was a trick. When Br'er Rabbit cries out that they found the laughing place. Br'er Fox is then shoved out of the way by Br'er Bear, who jumps into the tree. Br'er Bear then comes out of the tree with a beehive on his nose, causing Br'er Fox to laugh at him. Br'er Bear then shoves the hive over Br'er Fox's head. Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear are chased around and eventually away by the bees.
Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear were not seen at the ending.
Br'er Fox made recurring appearances in the live-action wrap-around skits alongside the other costumed characters and celebrity guests.
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. In "Ask Von Drake", he was amongst the guests featured during "The Ludwig Von Drake Song".
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 and Dale, and have made attempts in hunting Bambi and his friends.
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.
His prominence in the park saw an uptick with the opening of Splash Mountain in Disneyland and later Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland. In the attraction, Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear serve as the antagonists as they make numerous attempts to capture and eat Br'er Rabbit. Br'er Fox's attempt to kill Br'er Rabbit by slinging him into the briar patch acts as the climax of the attraction, in which guests plunge down a 50ft drop.
Br'er Fox previously appeared in both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions of Fantasmic! during the finale, but disappeared from them in 2001. However, he returned to the Disneyland version for its special 20th Anniversary performances in May 2012.
- 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.
- In some countries, like Italy, Br'er Fox is female due to "fox" being a word of female gender.