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Br'er Rabbit
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: His rabbit feet are displayed in all his appearances.
  • Guile Hero: Uses his wit and cunning to get out of any situation.
  • Lovable Coward: Notably when getting caught by Br'er Fox and pleading not to be thrown into the briar patch.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Joel Chandler Harris gives Riley as Br'er Rabbit's real name. A very few Disney comics mention it now and then.
  • Rascally Rabbit: Br'er Rabbit likes to trick his enemies.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's a male rabbit who wears a pink shirt.
  • The Trickster: He gets himself out of evil's clutches by fooling his adversaries. Its more or less a way of living for him.


Br'er Fox

  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Like all other anthropomorphic animals in the film.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brains. He has some trouble controlling the brawn.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: His traps are good enough to catch the Rabbit off his guard. Unfortunately for him though he is otherwise NOT clever like a fox to see through the rabbit's words.
  • The Hyena: His manic demeanour is complimented by his maniacal laughter.
  • Jerkass: And how.
  • Keet: He sure is full of energy.
  • Lean and Mean: No wonder he's so hot on that rabbit's trail; Br'er Rabbit'd be the only square meal Br'er Fox's had in a while!
  • Motor Mouth: The Disney animation directors actually had to invent a new animation process to keep up with James Baskett's rapid-fire delivery of Br'er Fox's dialogue.
  • Obviously Evil: This is one fox who likes to bare his teeth that's for sure. Basically the villain of the movie, though Ginny's brothers aren't too far behind.
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  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He insists on being the one to not only outwit but also kill Br'er Rabbit even if he has to fight with Br'er Bear about it.
  • Pride: His fatal flaw. He insists on not just having Br'er Bear club Br'er Rabbit because he wants to prove that he's more clever than Br'er Rabbit.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Generally, stories involving Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox end with Fox getting caught in his own trap and dying, which naturally doesn't happen here. Granted, he would always return for the next tale.
  • Villainous Glutton: For someone so thin, he is very obsessed with cooking Br'er Rabbit. Though it must be said that it is more about pride and hatred than food as he was willing to forgo a meal if that meant he would give Br'er Rabbit the worst fate he could think of.

Br'er Bear

  • Bears Are Bad News: If you happen to be a potential meal or cause of irritation for him, watch out.
  • Beary Funny: A lot like Goofy in his dopey years, he's so stupid that it can be amusing and also has a playful and lighthearted side in him.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brawn. Things don't go well when he decides to act as his own brains.
  • The Brute: He is a simple bear. If something or someone frustrates him, he threatens to bludgeon it.
  • Catchphrase: "NOW LOOK!"
  • Dumb Muscle: The muscle is the only thing he is using and he's too slow to realize any obvious tricks until Fox plainly points them out.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Fittingly for the setting.
  • The Millstone: More like a rock that drags Br'er Fox down with him, as his idiotic and monolithic ways are often one of the main reasons why Br'er Fox's schemes fail.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Most of the time he doesn't come across as much more than a Looney Tunes villain as he lets both the Fox and the Rabbit do the thinking instead. When however he does decide to think for himself (not much but enough to get pissed) he becomes a colossal threat that sends everyone, even Br'er Fox, running for cover.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: It isn't rare to see him happy and agreeable as long as you let him play. Him throwing destructive tantrums when he doesn't get his way isn't very rare either.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Whenever he gets really mad at Br'er Fox and/or Bre'r Rabbit they both know it's their cue to go Oh, Crap! and keep a safe distance.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He's pretty much a plot device, both in the movie and the folk tale, to screw with Br'er Fox and his plans.
  • Villainous Glutton: He liked the idea of eating Br'er Rabbit as well. He did, after all, make himself comfortable in Brer Foxes dinner table and got his bib ready.

Uncle Remus

  • Adults Are Useless: Averted but only in his case and to a certain degree, Miss Doshy's.
  • Cool Old Guy: A mentor and a pleasant fellow who tells good stories to kids and advises them.
  • Magical Negro: His wiseness establishes him as one. He could also be a subversion, since in the end he actually DOES step forward and save the day, rather than motivating a white person to do it themself.
  • Nice Guy: He's the only character in the movie to not be shown having any real character flaws or being rude to people at any point. Given that the movie was trying promote tolerance, this was probably intentional.

Ginny Favers



Ginny's Brothers

  • Does Not Like Shoes:
  • Karma Houdini: The closest thing they get to a comeuppance is being told off by Remus.
  • Kick the Dog: Threatening to drown a dog is too long to say but it is arguably even more drastically evil right?
  • Older Sidekick: Joe is the older one of the two but is Jake's lackey.


  • Adults Are Useless: Especially in her case as her actions almost lead to her son's demise.
  • Control Freak: She is so determined to raise Johnny the way she sees fit that she won't listen to anyone's advice unless Miss Doshy overrules her.
  • Not Now, Kid: She doesn't listen to her own son or anybody else for that matter and she even shows reluctance when Johnny requests to invite Ginny to his birthday party.

Miss Doshy

  • Adults Are Useless: Averted but not quite to the same extent as Uncle Remus, she openly refuses his advice but she at least understands that Johnny needs a role model or at least a friend and sees Remus as such.
  • Ignored Expert: She warns Sally that she's only doing Johnny more harm than good by telling Uncle Remus not to tell him stories.

John Sr.

Mr. Bluebird


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