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Them's gunna be your last words!
~ Joe to Tom and Huck after they admit he was responsible for killing Deputy Bean.

Injurin' Joe is the main antagonist of the 2000 direct-to-video animated musical film Tom Sawyer. He is a massive grizzly bear who is the animal equivalent of Injun Joe.

Although he is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson and Hank Williams, Jr., he doesn't sing like the other characters in the movie.

Tom Sawyer (2000)

In the film, Injurin' Joe and his henchman, Mutt Potter (the film's equivalent to Muff Potter), raid a graveyard to uncover a chest of gold. Deputy Bean (the film's equivalent to Dr. Robinson), who is visiting his wife's grave, discovers the two and demands them to stop or they'll be sent to jail. As Tom and Huck watch from behind a tombstone, Joe kills Bean by throwing Bean at another tombstone, makes it look as Mutt committed the murder, and captures Tom's pet frog Rebel. Tom knows that Joe can track him down through Rebel, so he and Huck make a pact never to tell anyone what they have seen.

Later, Tom and Huck visit Mutt, who is on death row. They try to get him to remember Injurin' Joe murdering Bean, but Mutt doesn't remember. Joe finds the boys and attacks, but they, and Rebel, escape on a raft. Then later, Judge Thatcher sentences Mutt to be hanged, but Huck and Tom testify against Joe at the last minute before Mutt's execution. Angered, Joe chases after Tom and Huck but falls through a wooden bridge and is swept away by the river and over a waterfall, while Mutt is freed and the boys are hailed as heroes.

Joe is revealed to be still alive and appears in the climax, where he tries to kill both Tom and Becky inside a cave. With Huck's help, Tom is able to distract Joe by awakening bats to attack Joe. The ceiling of the cave collapses, causing a large chunk to fall and crush the villainous bear. The town celebrates the death of the outlaw as his corpse was floating in the water.

Trivia

  • Joe's death is similar to the death of Drake from The Pebble and the Penguin.

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