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The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br'er Rabbit, who outwits Br'er Fox and slow-witted Br'er Bear.

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Cast verified as complete

Uncle Remus / Br'er Fox (voice)
Aunt Tempy
Erik Rolf ...
John (as Eric Rolf)
Glenn Leedy ...
Mrs. Favers
Anita Brown ...
Georgie Nokes ...
Jake Favers (as George Nokes)
Gene Holland ...
Joe Favers
Nick Stewart ...
Br'er Bear (voice) (as 'Nicodemus' Stewart)
Johnny Lee ...
Br'er Rabbit (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Babette De Castro ...
Bird Voices (uncredited) (voice)
Cherie De Castro ...
Bird Voices (uncredited) (voice)
Peggy De Castro ...
Bird Voices (uncredited) (voice)
Bullfrog (uncredited) (voice)
Clarence Nash ...
Mr. Bluebird (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Harve Foster ... (photoplay director)
Wilfred Jackson ... (cartoon director)

Written by

Dalton S. Reymond ... (screenplay) (as Dalton Reymond) and
Morton Grant ... (screenplay) and
Maurice Rapf ... (screenplay)
Dalton S. Reymond ... (original story) (as Dalton Reymond)
Joel Chandler Harris ... (book "Tales of Uncle Remus")
Bill Peet ... (cartoon story) (as William Peed) and
Ralph Wright ... (cartoon story) and
Vernon Stallings ... (cartoon story) (as George Stallings)

Produced by

Perce Pearce ... associate producer
Walt Disney ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Daniele Amfitheatrof ... (photoplay score)
Paul J. Smith ... (cartoon score)
Charles Wolcott ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Gregg Toland ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

William Morgan ... (as William M. Morgan)

Art Direction by

Perry Ferguson

Costume Design by

Mary Wills

Production Management

Frederic Leahy ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jack Atwood ... assistant director (uncredited)
William McGarry ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Elmer Plummer ... art treatment
Irving W. Sindler ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

Fred Lau ... sound recorder
C.O. Slyfield ... sound director
Harold J. Steck ... sound recorder (as Harold Steck)
Gloria Gottschalk ... sound editor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Brad Case ... effects animator
Blaine Gibson ... effects animator
Ub Iwerks ... special processes
Joshua Meador ... effects animator (as Josh Meador)
George Rowley ... effects animator

Camera and Electrical Department

Vic Jones ... gaffer (uncredited)

Animation Department

Hal Ambro ... animator
Ken Anderson ... lead cartoon art director (as Kenneth Anderson)
Philip Barber ... cartoon art director
Mary Blair ... background and color stylist
Jack Campbell ... animator
Les Clark ... directing animator
Claude Coats ... background and color stylist
Al Coe ... animator
Marc Davis ... directing animator
Al Dempster ... background artist
Harold Doughty ... cartoon art director
Hugh Hennesy ... cartoon art director
Ray Huffine ... background artist
Ralph Hulett ... background artist
Ollie Johnston ... directing animator
Milt Kahl ... directing animator
Hal King ... animator
Rudy Larriva ... animator
Eric Larson ... directing animator
John Lounsbery ... directing animator
Don Lusk ... animator
Brice Mack ... background artist
Tom Massey ... animator
Murray McClellan ... animator
Cliff Nordberg ... animator
Ken O'Brien ... animator
Charles Philippi ... cartoon art director
Ed Starr ... background artist (as Edgar Starr)
Harvey Toombs ... animator
Rob Lyday ... in between artist (uncredited)
Clarke Mallery ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Paul Murry ... animator (uncredited)
Bill Peet ... animation planner (uncredited)
Carmen Sanderson ... ink and paint (uncredited)

Music Department

Foster Carling ... composer: songs
Sam Coslow ... composer: songs
Eliot Daniel ... composer: songs
Ken Darby ... vocal director
Ray Gilbert ... composer: songs
Hy Heath ... composer: songs
Arthur Johnston ... composer: songs
Johnny Lange ... composer: songs
Robert MacGimsey ... composer: songs
Edward H. Plumb ... orchestrator (as Edward Plumb)
Charles Wolcott ... musical director
Allie Wrubel ... composer: songs
Ken Darby ... composer: songs (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Edmundo Santos ... lyrics: Spanish version (uncredited)
Charles Wolcott ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

Natalie Kalmus ... Technicolor color director
Mitchell Kovaleski ... associate Technicolor color director
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Uncle Remus draws upon his tales of Brer Rabbit to help little Johnny deal his confusion over his parents' separation as well as his new life on the plantation. The tales: The Briar Patch, The Tar Baby and Brer Rabbit's Laughing place. Written by Paul Penna

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Taglines Only the magic of Walt Disney could bring you the tales of Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit . . . live actors with cartoon background! See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Uncle Remus (United States)
  • Mélodie du sud (France)
  • Onkel Remus' Wunderland (Germany)
  • Canción del sur (Spain)
  • Naghmeye Jonoob (Iran, Persian title)
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  • 94 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $4,203,111, 21 Nov 1986
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $56,626

Did You Know?

Trivia After abandoning his studies of pharmacology for financial reasons, James Baskett supported himself as an actor, moving from his home town of Indianapolis, Indiana to New York City, New York and joining the company of Bill Robinson, better known as Mr. Bojangles. After achieving moderate success on the stage, Baskett and his family moved to Hollywood where he found work in a couple of films. In 1945, he auditioned for a bit part of voicing a talking butterfly in the new Disney feature film Song of the South (1946). "I thought that, maybe, they'd try me out to furnish the voice for one of Uncle Remus' animals," Baskett remarked. Upon review of his voice, Walt Disney wanted to meet Baskett personally, and had him tested for the role of Uncle Remus. Not only did Baskett get the part of the butterfly's voice, but also the voice of Br'er Fox and the live-action role of Uncle Remus as well. Additionally, Baskett filled in as the voice of Br'er Rabbit for Johnny Lee in the "Laughing Place" scene after Lee was called away to do promotion for the picture. Disney liked Baskett, and told his sister Ruth [Disney] that Baskett was "the best actor, I believe, to be discovered in years". This was one of the first Hollywood portrayals of a black actor as a non-comic character in a leading role in a film meant for general audiences. Even after the film's release, Disney maintained contact with Baskett, where the two became close friends, like brothers. Disney also campaigned for Baskett to be given an Academy Award for his performance, saying that he had worked "almost wholly without direction" and had devised the characterization of Remus himself. Thanks to Disney's efforts, Baskett won an Honorary Academy Award in 1948. Four months after the Academy Awards ceremony, James Baskett died from heart failure resulting from diabetes. After his death, James' widow, Margaret, wrote a letter to Disney and told him that he had been a "friend indeed and [we] certainly have been in need." See more »
Goofs Shadows of the mike and boom are visible in the early scene in Johnny's room. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Donald's Award (1957). See more »
Soundtracks Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah See more »
Quotes Uncle Remus: You can't run away from trouble. There ain't no place that far.
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