Ol’ Br’er Rabbit is off on another adventure away from his safe home in the Briar Patch. This time, he’s visiting the shores of Lake Erie. I don’t think Br’er Fox or Br’er Bear will give him much trouble in the heat of the day. But he better beware! Nighttime might be a different story for Uncle Remus to tell.
I just found this little Br’er Rabbit (A Disney Original) Park plush at a local flea market that I frequent. He hopped right into my arms!
In the movie Song of the South (1946) our travelling bunny wore blue pants and a pinkish shirt. So this plush gets it almost right with his wardrobe.
Perhaps he looks a little younger in plush than he did in the movie?
I always like to find merchandise with original tags still affixed. Plush with the fabric tags ripped off is a real turn off for me! Finding this one with not only those tags still attached but also this ear button tag was almost too much to believe:
The style of this ear button tag is reminiscent of the Disney Channel logo but I don’t think it was a crossover piece. The tags below clearly identify it as Theme Park merch with the Disneyland / Walt Disney World branding. The Plush itself was produced by the Canasa Trading Corp. and is a Product of Korea.
Canasa Trading Corporation filed as an Articles of Incorporation in the State of California (Burbank) and is no longer active. This corporate entity was filed approximately fifty-two years ago on Thursday, April 16, 1970 , according to public records filed with California Secretary of State.
We can thus date this plush to after 1970. I have found some evidence online that suggests it was sold during the 1980s. You can find many images of the little guy but not many presently for sale. I paid $18.00 CAN but you can expect to pay upwards of $50.00 US with sell price and shipping combined.
If, like me, you are going to miss Splash Mountain once Tianna turns the Briar Patch into a Bayou, than a little more Br’er Merchandise might just be for you! If so, check out my most unusual Song of the South / Splash Mountain collectible that I own. It’s satisfactual sure enough!