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The Adventures of Brer Rabbit is a 2006 direct-to-video animated film from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, based on the Uncle Remus stories by Joel Chandler Harris and directed by Byron Vaughns. The film features the voice talents of Nick Cannon as Brer Rabbit, D.L. Hughley as Brer Fox, Wayne Brady as Brer Wolf, and Danny Glover as Brer Turtle, who acts as the film's narrator.

Despite the common source material, this isn't related to Disney's Song of the South or the Splash Mountain rides at the Disney Theme Parks.

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Tropes featured in this movie include:

  • Affably Evil: Brer Wolf. He'd greedy, selfish, vengeful and untrustworthy, but he's just so dang friendly and polite.
  • Alien Animals: According to the first story Brer Turtle tells Janey, "How the Animals Came to Earth", most nonhuman animals used to live in space before Brer Rabbit convinced them to move to Earth. This trope seems to only apply to wild vertebrates, though, as butterflies are shown fluttering about when Brer Rabbit first lands on Earth, and when Brer Fox lands on Earth, he lands in a chicken coop, causing the residents to scatter.
  • Asshole Victim: Brer Fox is the clearest example, though it has to be said that several of the animals' grievances with Brer Rabbit wouldn't never have come to pass if they hadn't tried to eat him first.
  • Box-and-Stick Trap: Brer Fox uses one of these, baited with honey, in an attempt to trap Brer Bear in order to serve him for dinner for his visiting in-laws. Fortunately, Brer Rabbit catches wind of this and warns Brer Bear, and Brer Fox ends up trapping Brer Lion instead.
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  • Briar Patching: Natch. The famous "briar patch" scene happens towards the end of the movie.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Brer Rabbit escapes the clutches of Sister Buzzard by pulling out some of her feathers, making her laugh and causing her to let go of him. This sends him into a free-fall, and he admits that maybe this wasn't such a good idea.
  • Don't Tell Mama: When Brer Rabbit tricks Brer Wolf into saying grace before eating him (giving him time to escape), Brer Wolf asks him not to tell his mama that he forgot about it.
  • Jerkass: Brer Fox. The other predators are usually quite amiable and friendly when not trying to eat Brer Rabbit, but the fox is a pretty nasty piece of work with very few redeeming qualities.
  • Jerkass Realization: Brer Rabbit realizes about halfway through the movie that maybe he's too much of a Jerkass after he overhears the other animals (except for Brer Turtle) talking about how much they dislike him. He manages to become a MUCH nicer fellow, though he's just as clever as ever - which comes in handy when Brer Fox and Brer Wolf come after him.
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  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Just like in the original stories, Brer Rabbit and the other Civilized Animals share their world and communicate freely with Mr. Man and other humans.
  • The Man in the Moon: Sister Moon, a Canon Foreigner voiced by Wanda Sykes. She is actually the Gender Flip to a similar character, "Unk Moon", in the story "Brer Rabbit Has Trouble with the Moon".
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Brer Gator, who has a craving for "rabbit gizzards".
  • Nice Guy: Brer Turtle is pretty much the nicest character in the movie.
  • Rascally Rabbit: It's Brer Rabbit, what did you expect?
  • Smelly Skunk: Brer Skunk, who dislikes Brer Rabbit because one time he said that he smelled like a skunk.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Brer Rabbit, after his Jerkass Realization halfway through the story. After realizing his habit of tricking and humiliating the other animals and only looking out for himself has left him with absolutely no friends (except for Brer Turtle), he turns over a new leaf and changes for the better.
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