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Old 05-24-2012, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Mississippi Delta!
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Would you find it surprising that the gentleman who played Uncle Remus, James Baskett, and a black animator who worked at Disney in the 40's and 50's, Mr. Floyd Norman, are in favor of releasing the movie ? Disney releases Song of the South?: controversial movie may get DVD release | Suite101.com
Read also the comments at the bottom.
That would be a neat trick on Mr. Baskett's part, since he died in 1948 when he was only 44.

James Baskett - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The child actor Bobby Driscoll, who played Johnny, came to a sad end as well.

Bobby Driscoll - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


God bless,

CKB
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:16 AM
 
Location: Chesterfield,Virginia
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I ran into someone that didn't know where Zip a Dee Doo Dah came from and was a bit shocked. I remember watching "Song of the South" in grade school and of course if you go on Splash Mountain at a Disney Park, you get a refresher a very subtle one). But, it does make me sad that Disney will not release this movie again. As much as I can remember, I really liked the film. I understand that some are offended by it, but really it is history...we live in a society that was horribly racist, much of the United States had slavery amongst other things that we aren't proud of. But, the stories are real and I don't understand how it is ever okay to censor a movie being shown because we don't want to remember the history of the days, the stereotypes, etc. that were involved in the original stories.

Anyone else wish that this movie would come back at some point? I really hope that Disney changes its mind in the future.
I have it on a dvd.
(Yes, the original)
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:18 PM
 
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I have it on a dvd.
(Yes, the original)
Is it a bootleg? Or do you have legit connections. (I've heard rumors that there are legit copies out there.)

How's the quality?

I would love to see it re-released. It makes no sense that you can ride through Splash Mountain with a Song of the South theme but not buy the movie.
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield,Virginia
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Is it a bootleg? Or do you have legit connections. (I've heard rumors that there are legit copies out there.)

How's the quality?

I would love to see it re-released. It makes no sense that you can ride through Splash Mountain with a Song of the South theme but not buy the movie.
It's a very good copy and that is all I will say!

I can't honestly remember where I got it because it was quite a few years ago.

Without too much work, I know a way to upload the dvd to a 'file sharing' site though!
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:02 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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One interesting aspect about The Song of the South is how some of the animals- B'rer Fox and B'rer Bear in particular, are caricatures of poor white southerners.

A lot of white folks with Appalachian heritage have become sensitive to the hillbilly stereotype these days, so there is a lot that is objectionable in both sides of the discussion about the movie. Disney won't ever show their old World War II cartoons that had very racist caricatures of the Japanese either, for the very same reasons.

Disney's best work is beloved by all races, all over the world, and the Disney corporation knows full well that controversy, especially racial controversy, is particularly harmful to it's business these days.

Birth of A Nation is an antique. It's so old that there are very few still living who saw it in a movie theater, and it has long been sent to history's dustbin of curiosities and artifacts.
This isn't true with Song of the South, Dumbo, and some of the other early 50's releases that have racial elements in them. During that period, Disney made a lot of disturbing cartoons; Alice In Wonderland and Dumbo were both very wrenching movies for small children. Dumbo struck a child's fear of abandonment very hard, and Alice was an unrelenting psychedelic nightmare that was equally disturbing. Neither was a hit, and many adults left both during screenings.
For good reason, too. When stripped of the cute elements, both movies had very dark themes, were full of horror, and had very weak redemptive endings. The same was true with Pinocchio, which was also a big flop even though it was the most handsome animation Disney ever produced. Once the horror in Pinocchio began, like Alice in Wonderland, it never let up. All Disney's feature length animations have menace in them; threat is a necessary element in drama. But I'm sure that the present leaders of the Disney corporation must wonder what old Walt was thinking when he released those movies, including Song of the South and many others, including So Dear to My Heart, Pecos Bill and Ichabod Crane. The public didn't want to go to a Disney movie and come out sad, crying or scared, but the studio kept making them, one after another.

It wasn't until Peter Pan, then Lady and the Tramp that Disney returned to its winning formula again, and Lady was their biggest animated hit in years. After Lady & the Tramp, released in 1955, another animated feature was not released until Sleeping Beauty, which was actually a re-worked Snow White, in 1959. All of Disney's other movies in the 50's were live action, and many were hits.
I remember when Lion King first came out, one of the reviewers warned parents that "it wouldn't be a Disney movie without parental death."
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