Song of the South
Family, Animation, Music
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Harve Foster, Wilfred Jackson
Ruth Warrick as Sally
Gene Holland as Joe Favers
Mary Field as Mrs. Favers
Erik Rolf as John (as Eric Rolf)
Georgie Nokes as Jake Favers (as George Nokes)
Anita Brown as Maid
Glenn Leedy as Toby
Luana Patten as Ginny
James Baskett as Uncle Remus / Br'er Fox (Voice)
Bobby Driscoll as Johnny
Nick Stewart as Br'er Bear (voice) (as Nicodemus Stewart)
Lucile Watson as Grandmother
Hattie McDaniel as Aunt Tempy
Johnny Lee as Br'er Rabbit (voice)
Storyline: 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.
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A wonderful movie , everyone should watch it !
It took a lot of trouble to get this movie . I am sure that many people have had to do like myself and purchase this movie over ebay . After I bought the movie , paid to have a converted copy and international shipping , I had close to $100 in the movie . Hopefully Disney will someday re-release this movie ,

so it can be enjoyed by all . This is the kind of movie that we need more of today , a good story with a lot of moral content .
I've been trying to find this "politically incorrect" film
I grew up in the south and did not realize I should be shocked at this film's assumptions about African Americans until I was 10 years older. My parents took us to every Disney film, and I recall this as one of the most charming of them. It's full of catchy music and images to spark a child's imagination, but doesn't play down to kids. I sure would like to be able to reevaluate it as an adult, and show it to my kids as a part of my personal journey.
Fantastic movie! Walt Disney wouldn't cower to the PC Nazis.
I've loved this movie since I was a child and had several of the Disney story books that came with records (remember those?) to listen to in my room. I grew up in the South with black friends and they felt as charmed by the movie as I did. It is rich with parables and life lessons for everyone. Why has the Political Correctness movement targeted this film this way? I say that it's time for Disney to grow a set and stand up for Walt who would be embarrassed over their capitulation. Uncle Remis is a warm and lovable grandfather-type. The color of his skin was only germane to the story as it was an avenue for stories of a Negro origin. The music is timeless and infectious. I encourage everyone to see this movie if you haven't already and decide for yourself. It's priceless Americana.
This Disney Classic Deserves To Be Re-issued!
I think it's a great shame that the 1946 Walt Disney classic, "Song Of The South," has been banned in the U.S. because some civil rights groups **15 years ago** complained that the movie was racist and they did not want it to be shown anymore. And Disney, not wanting to offend anyone, bowed down to their demands and yanked the film from public viewing in North America, where it has not been seen since. The only way you can watch "Song Of The South" now is if you still own a laserdisc player and you're willing to spring for a costly Japanese import disc, OR if you manage to track down a UK VHS copy of the film released in 1997 and have it transferred. Well, having viewed a transferred VHS copy of "Song Of The South" recently, I can honestly say that this is a marvelous Disney movie that is NOT racist and does NOT deserve to be hidden away.

While I can certainly understand the concerns of the civil rights groups over "Song Of The South," the fact that the movie is set during the turn-of-the-century South when many blacks served subservient roles is NOT a good enough reason to hide the film away from the public. This is not an issue of racism, it is simply a historical fact. Furthermore, the black characters in "Song Of The South" are all treated with respect. They are not treated badly, nor are they spoken to badly. Further still, are we going to destroy all copies of "Gone With The Wind" just because it features a black maid? Think about it.

What also upsets me about the shunning of "Song Of The South" in the U.S. is that most Americans will now never get to see anymore the marvelous performance of James Baskett as the loveable storyteller Uncle Remus (and Baskett DID win an Honorary Oscar for his fine work in this film, lest we forget). Nor will Americans ever get to see again the wonderful Disney artistry on display in "Song Of The South" that perfectly blends live action with animation (the very first film to do so, if I'm not mistaken). They won't get to enjoy the hilarious adventures of Brer Rabbit ever again. Nor will they be able to sing along with the Oscar-winning song, "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" anymore. All of this, in my opinion, is very, very shameful.

I strongly implore Walt Disney Productions to reconsider re-issuing "Song Of The South" in North America, if *only* for a limited time on home video, so anybody Stateside who wants the film can finally have it. And with all due respect to the civil rights groups who complained about "Song Of The South" back in 1986, I strongly implore them to seriously rethink the ban that they had Disney place upon the film. On the Grammy telecast this past year, just before mega-controversial rapper Eminem took the stage to perform "Stan," the Grammy president came onstage to give a little pep talk about freedom of speech & freedom of expression. He said that we cannot ban certain artists and their work just because it makes certain people uncomfortable. The EXACT same thing can be said for Walt Disney's "Song Of The South."
Time for it to be enjoyed again
I just watched it for the first time two days ago. This has been on my to-see list for a long time, but it's almost impossible to locate. How did I obtain a copy? I moved into a new neighborhood not long ago, and while looking up titles housed at the local library, I discovered that SONG OF THE SOUTH was in the county system and I could request it from a nearby branch. It took two months to get it, because I was fifth on the list requesting it. I was beginning to wonder if I'd ever see it. But then I received an email last weekend that it had arrived and I went on Monday to pick it up. The minute I got home I put it in the DVD player and sat down and watched it.

And just so people know, this was no bootleg copy. It was a disc manufactured by Disney (just not available for sale in the U.S.). On the back of the case, I could see that it had been printed and distributed in Australia under a division of Disney based in London.

The disc had bonus features which helped me understand some of the film's screening history. It was originally released in 1946 and advertised heavily on radio and in newspapers. It eventually aired on television in the early 1970s as part of The Wonderful World of Disney. Then, as evidenced by a trailer included on the disc, it was re-released to theatres in 1986 throughout the United States. I guess the mid-to-late 1980s (the Reagan era) were the last days before political correctness took hold of the country.

Anyway, as I pressed play and started watching the film, I was expecting it to be totally offensive and cringe-worthy. It is not. In fact, it is very integrated the way the black and white children get along (it seems very progressive for a motion picture produced in 1946). I thought it admirable the way the white boy played by Bobby Driscoll looks up to Uncle Remus (James Baskett) and Aunt Tempy (Hattie McDaniel). It's a beautiful film, told in the usual heart-warming classic Disney way.

The Uncle Remus character does not seem like a negative stereotype at all. He has extraordinary value the way he entertains (enthralls) the children with his delightful stories of Br'er Rabbit, and in the way he helps Driscoll's character deal with having an absent father. In fact, when the boy is injured near the end of the film, it is the plantation-owning grandmother (brilliantly played by character actress Lucile Watson) who brings Uncle Remus inside the house to see her grandson. She seems to think very highly of this man at the end of the film. She sees him as much more than a slave. If she can look past the limitations of her close-minded society, then why can't we? Why can't we enjoy this lovely and heartwarming film the way Walt Disney intended it to be enjoyed?
I saw it in 1946, My children saw it in 1971 and my grandchildren saw it in 2001.
Wow, what a great story. I loved it when I was a youngster of 7 years and still today at 65 still enjoy seeing this one. A classic by any standard. My kids and grandkids have enjoyed watching it also. The main character, played by Bobby Driscoll, may he rest in peace, was one of innocence. All the characters such as Uncle Remus, with his tales, were on a par with Aesop. Joel Chandler Harris, the author, from whom the story emanated, had a clear vision of his day and time. Some have likened the story to race, slavery and discrimination, but I see a story of men, women and children expressing their love for one another regardless of their station in life. God is color blind.
A "white" person's reaction
Actually, I am of Irish/German heritage. I would have been only two years old when this film was originally released, but probably saw it later as a young child and don't remember specifically. I think that the fact that I never saw a racial aspect to this movie back then, is really the point - it is not about the African American experience, or about slavery, it is the story of a young boy who is deeply troubled by the problems his parents were having and turned to an old man for companionship. Uncle Remus could just as easily have been Uncle Fred, and a person of European decent, but the decision as to race was an artistic one for Disney.

Because the character of Remus is an African American, his voicing and portrayal of some of the animated characters is a cartoonish stereotype of poor blacks, and in this context, I can see where this would be offensive and embarrassing to intelligent African American viewers - I was troubled by this after viewing it as an adult.

This movie certainly does show African Americans happy and singing on their way to/from the field, but I find it impossible to believe that for the entire duration of the reconstruction era, that African Americans never smiled, or sang on their way to or from the fields, or their chores elsewhere - they would have made the best of a terrible situation. The reconstruction era in America was marked by such grievous wrongs as Dred Scott, and the so-called "black laws", which I can think of now with nothing but abhorrence and embarrassment. But the film cannot be judged to be racist unless it attempts to inaccurately portray the situation in American during this period, simply including African American characters does not qualify.

The point is, that although there are African Americans portrayed, the movie simply does not address their situation, since it is not part of the story - incidentally, there are also poor whites portrayed whose situation is equally vague.

Although this movie is in fact available on DVD in the United States via the internet, it should be officially released by Disney in this country to let the people decide. To bow to pressure not to release, is censorship - this is not what we are about in America.
what a shame
I just had the pleasure to watch this film, and there is no logic in it never to be release again for future generations to enjoy it is no more racist than Gone with the wind so that cannot be the reason the only one I can see is that some do gooder made a fuss over the fact that a elderly gentleman befriends a young boy and his friends well I fear for the future of film making and other classics such has the Wizard of OZ, There you got a young girl walking along a road on her speaking to strangers that could be classed has un P.C.what these people do not realised are taking away the magic of story telling we will get people banning the three little pigs because it will offend vegetarian's,or Jack in the bean stalk cause it might offend tall people well let really be silly and and ban Hansel and Grentle Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, has they all involve children and people of a evil nature they actually want to kill the children.since this P.C came out it has got sillier and sillier but to pick on a classic like songs of the south is beyond the clever way they joined animation with real people and remember this was 1946 it should cherish not disregarded I say bring it back and see what the sales say
A great movie for kids of all if you can find it.
I've seen Song of the South twice. Once when I was 8 years old and another time about ten years ago. Objections from minority groups may have been the cause for its short run. Regardless, it appears now that our children will not ever be able to see this beautifully acted, sensitive film about an unhappy boy on a Southern plantation who is befriended by Uncle Remus, a lovable slave who seems to be able to communicate with the boy (Bobby Driscoll) telling him stories about Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear. A great movie/cartoon combination that is charming and very entertaining. We can only hope that it comes back for us to enjoy and for our children to see. The memorable tune,"Zip a Dee Doo Dah" won an Acadamy award. I understand that you can get a copy as a Japanese import laserdisc which is, at least, a plus. Hopefully it will be released again in the future as an American video.
Great old film
A story of the time. Characters are traditional, sympathetic. Uncle Remus is wise. An adult portrayal of a thoughtful man. Disneys position on this film is wrong regarding sale in this country.

I have an English tape (different format)and am always happy to run it for friends.

Purchase this film to view it's gentle relationships between the characters.

The cartoon characters use a vernacular of the time the film was made. The changes in terminology from then to now is an excellent subject for discussion in family situation settings.

I would actually suggest this film as an educational tool in mixed racial school film classes. Discussion in that setting could help students gain an understanding of the conditioning each ethnic group deals with every day.

Needs a wise teacher.
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