This article is about character in The Fox and the Hound. For the Silly Symphonies character, see Bear.

The Bear is the climactic main antagonist of The Fox and the Hound. A giant bear with black fur and red eyes, it does not tolerate intruders or trespassers, and will kill them if they do so, but has been accidentally awakened by Amos Slade and Copper, who are looking for Tod and Vixey and trying to get them.

Background

Physical appearance

Model sheet

The bear is a gigantic and burly animal with black fur and red eyes. It is likely a melanistic grizzly or Kodiak bear. It seems to be stocky then muscular.

Personality

The bear is portrayed as an ordinary bear albeit slightly more territorial. It does not tolerate trespassers and if they cross into its territory or attack it in any way, it will not hesitate to kill them. However, it is not necessarily evil as it is a simple creature defending its territory. When encountering Amos Slade, it merely tried to scare him away and did not attack him until after being shot by Slade.

Appearances

The Fox and the Hound

The bear first appears after being accidentally awakened by Amos Slade and his hound dog Copper, who are hunting for foxes Tod and Vixey in the game preserve. It awakens and looms over them as a warning that Amos and Copper are in its territory and that they should leave immediately. Amos panics and shoots the bear by its shoulder, provoking the creature. The enormous bear, now furious, lunges forward and swipes at Amos, causing the alarmed hunter to drop his gun and tumble down a hillside, losing his hat in the process, as the bear continues to pursue him.

While trying to escape from the bear, Amos fearfully starts walking backward and gets his foot caught in one of his own steel traps while his gun has landed on the tree, slightly out of his reach. Furious that Amos is still in its territory, the bear encroaches on the injured and terrified hunter. Copper attacks the bear in a brave attempt to protect his master, but despite being smaller and more agile, is soon easily overpowered and beaten up in a very vicious and brutal fight with the giant bear, who swats the dog. Not too far away, Tod hears Copper's yelping echo, turns around, and is horrified to see his childhood friend nearly getting killed.

Against his better judgment, Tod quickly runs back to save his friend. As the bear prepares for a final blow on the wounded Copper, Tod leaps onto the bear and bites its ear, and the bear turns its attention on him. Biting and scratching wildly, Tod manages to lead the bear away from Amos and Copper. Enraged by the fox's constant bitings and scratchings, the bear swats Tod with its paw, sending him onto a log protruding over a tall waterfall. While Tod hangs on for dear life, the bear climbs onto the log, which sags under its immense weight. Upon reaching Tod, the bear then raises its paw in an attempt to deliver the final blow, but the log then breaks, sending both animals plummeting down the waterfall several meters below. Tod survives while the bear drowns and gets washed away by the rapids.

Trivia

  • The bear's roars, snarls, and growls are the same as Brutus and Nero from The Rescuers and Shere Khan from The Jungle Book.
  • When Amos shoots the bear in the shoulder, blood is shown. When Copper bites the bear on the muzzle, blood is shown on the right side as well. This is one of the film's controversial points.
  • The bear was animated by Glen Keane. John Lasseter, Mark Henn, and Henry Selick also worked on the bear as they were being trained under Keane and Eric Larson. Selick would later become the director of films such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach.
  • Due to the color of his fur, the bear is often presumed to be an American black bear. But judging by its size and aggressive behavior towards trespassers and the visible shoulder hump, it is a grizzly with, for some reason, black fur (probably a melanistic grizzly bear).
    • Some say he’s similar to 2 Extinct Bears from the Ice Age. Like The “Short Faced Bear“ & The “Cave Bear” Due to his Size.
      • In audio Descriptive of Disney+, its a black bear though could due to it size will likely be be grizzly bear size for dramatic.
  • The bear is the only forest animal character in the movie who doesn't speak a word of English.

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Media
Films: The Fox and the HoundThe Fox and the Hound 2House of MouseVideo

Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingDisney Read-Along
Music: The Fox and the Hound

Disney Parks
Main Street Electrical ParadeRivers of Light: We are One
Characters
The Fox and the Hound: TodCopperBig MamaDinky and BoomerSqueaksWidow TweedAmos SladeChiefAbigailMr. DiggerPorcupineVixeyBearTod's mother
The Fox and the Hound 2: CashDixieWaylon and FloydGranny RoseLyle SnodgrassZeldaWinchell P. BickerstaffOlivia Farmer
Songs
Best of FriendsLack of EducationGoodbye May Seem ForeverAppreciate the LadyFriends for LifeWe're in HarmonyHound DudeGood Doggie, No Bone!Blue BeyondWe Go Together
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