Song of the South

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  • Family films
A plantation in the Old South: young Bobby Driscoll learns of life through the stories of former slave Uncle Remus (James Baskett). This rather mushy combination of animation and live-action remains one of Disney's most controversial efforts. It contains magical graphic work - notably the standout 'Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah' number - but racial stereotyping drew furious protests from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Hollywood's response? An honorary Oscar for Baskett.

Release details

Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Harve Foster, Wilfred Jackson
Screenwriter: Dalton Raymond, Maurice Rapf, Morton Grant
Cast: Luana Patten
Bobby Driscoll
Ruth Warrick
James Baskett
Hattie McDaniel

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Jolly

Disney's company so far has not released this film in the US on DVD of late, I think rightfully fearing a backlash of controversy over its depiction of Blacks in the south being very happy to be working on a plantation owned by Whites. i tend to agree with this outlook. But, that being said, I do think that this movie could be released on DVD with both a prologue and epilogue segment by respected educators commenting on the movie and its history in that era. It seems a sad thing when we, the people of this nation, cannot examine movies such as this with an open mind, given the time and circumstances that the movie was released, in 1946.