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 Disney-fied Version Of The Old South Is Both Fun And A Bit Troubling
Apparently the Walt Disney Corporation itself doesn't much care for this movie anymore, and it's easy to understand the sensitivities once you see the movie. I wasn't entirely clear on whether "Song Of The South" is set before or after the Civil War. Nothing in the movie makes that absolutely clear. For the most part the black actors in the film look like slaves - they don't only work the fields but they serve as house servants, etc. On the other hand, Uncle Remus can just up and decide to leave for Atlanta. Either way - slaves or sharecroppers (neither of whom were treated very well) - I can see that the portrayal of the black characters as happy folks singing happy songs and being treated just like part of the white family who either owned or controlled them (depending on the era) could be troubling to 21st century eyes. But surely you have to keep this in perspective. The movie is a product of its time and it had a clear purpose which it basically accomplished - to be a family movie filled with fun fairy tales offering solid morals about life.

The story revolves around Uncle Remus (James Baskett) whose delightful stories about Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear help young Johnny (Bobby Driscoll) through a troubled time in his family's life. The movie might be dated, but one can't really argue with the basic lessons that are being taught by this. (I don't know if there was any direct relationship, but the relationship between Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox struck me as a bit similar to that which was later portrayed between the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.) The movie is full of fun songs - including the now famous and 1947 Oscar-winner "Zip A Dee Doo Dah" - and it's an early example of a blend of live action and animation, as Remus from time to time interacts with his characters as he sings his songs. The movie manages to end on a rather cute and somewhat unexpected note as Br'er Rabbit starts to appear to Johnny and his friends Ginny and Toby while Uncle Remus watches and rubs his eyes in disbelief.

The troubling aspects of this movie have to be kept in perspective. It's not being deliberately racist. In fact, apparently Disney went to some lengths to try to ensure that it wasn't racist - but it's definitely a product of its time and to 21st century eyes it would look like a less than honest portrayal of the lives of southern blacks in whatever era it's set in - antebellum or immediate post-bellum. But it does what it sets out to do and it's a technical triumph, and, of course, it's also introduced one of the most delightful songs ever into popular culture. (7/10)
I'll decide, thank you! (possible DVD release in 2006!)
It seems that several reviewers would lock this film up and not allow anyone to see it. I have just purchased one of the bootleg editions from eBay because I have never had an opportunity to see it in any form.

Disney, along with most filmmakers of the era, was guilty of stereotyping minorities. The crows in "Dumbo", the Native Americans in "Peter Pan" and the Siamese cat in "The Aristocats." Even "Fantasia" had some racist elements excised from the Beethoven sequence.

As a cultural curiosity I would like to make up my own mind on this film and not have it done by would be censors. We're not talking about graphic violence or strong sexual content. I would like to judge what I believe was a well-intentioned effort at promoting positive race relations. If I find it to be offensive and degrading I will not allow my children to view it until they are mature enough to decide for themselves.

On another note, it has been reported by more than one Internet source that Disney is planning a 2-disc release of this film in the fall of 2006 to coincide with its 60th anniversary. Google the title and learn the details!
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.
Why is this movie disowned by Disney?
I just watched this movie last night for essentially the first time (I saw it when it was released in 1986 but I must have been about four at the time and I don't remember seeing it) and honestly I'm hard pressed to find a better children's movie. I love the final shot of the three children walking along side Uncle Remus as they walk into the sunset. Disney's lack of courage when called upon to defend their work from the past is really troubling. I am still annoyed that they bent to the will of some angry feminists and changed The Pirates of the Caribbean because they found the idea of those pirates chasing women to be offensive. While I can see why this movie would be offensive to some, I still am unable to see why this movie should be unavailable to those who love it and want a copy of their own to cherish. One thing that sticks out in mind is that while the Walt Disney Company seems to think that America shouldn't be able to view this beloved movie, they still use characters from it in their advertising, as themes for rides (Splash Mountain for those who don't know, because I didn't up till a few years ago) and as toys for Happy Meals. If Disney doesn't want us to be able to have the movie for ourselves, why do they continue to allow characters from Song of the South to be used at all. One would thing the characters are half the reason for the self-imposed ban. While this movie can be seen as derogatory or offensive, one should remember when this movie was made. It was not made now or even 30 years ago, it was made in the 40's. Should we punish a wonderful movie with many important messages (one being racial equality in that all the children play together as equals) simply because it is a reflection of the time it was made? If that's the case then why not get Gone With the Wind banned or many other movies from a time long since passed which certain political groups might consider offensive. So please go find yourself a copy because even though it is fairly difficult to find a copy it really is a wonderful movie that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, it truly is one of the Disney studio's best work. And strictly as an after though why, if this movie is so offensive, are there only two negative reviews of the movie on the whole of the "Users Comments" section...think about it.
This is first I saw on the big screen as a child. Please bring it back on DVD.
My Dad took me to see Song of the South when he came back from the Pacific after World War Two. I was only 5 years old and it was my first movie ever. It has special significance for me and my relationship with my Dad who passed away only two months ago.

It is a delightful film that should be made available on DVD soon.
Missing It
Being from the South, originally, this movie is a piece of my heritage, that I can no longer access and share with my own children because to some it is considered politically incorrect. I do not think there is any thing wrong with portraying a relationship that was entirely possible in that era.Who can object to a story teller connecting to a child? I loved the stories myself and could only share them with my sons through a book obtained at the library. I sorely miss this movie and have tried unsuccessfully to add it to my own movie collection so that in years to come I could share it with my grandchildren. Please Disney, rerelease this treasure to be shared. Allow me my right to my past.
A Victim of Political Correctness!
This charming film, full of humor and love, will never be released in the United States as long as Michael Eisner heads Disney. There is noting evil in this lovely story of an old man and a young boy, neither of whom see skin color as a reason not to care deeply for each other and to reach out to each other. As long as people bend to those who would impose their politically correct views on the rest of us we will live in a society where popular culture is censored. One has only to review a catalog of Touchstone Films to realize that Eisner's fastidious sensibilities don't extend to all segments of our society. Song of the South is a wonderful film but it is being held hostage. That is a real tragedy!
Excellent movie, wish I could see it again
Why has this movie been hidden for so many years? Has our society become so 'politically correct' that we disregard all literature? This is about the writing's of a great American writer (Joel Chandler Harris). I saw it in 1946 and was not aware that it had ever been re-released as some of the comments indicate. It is great family entertainment and it never seemed to belittle or degrade any section of society. If we can accept the morality of current movie's and hide this great film we need to re-examine our society. I can only hope that Disney can summon enough support to issue this film on VHS and DVD soon.
My favorite Live-Action/Animated film.
What a fun movie!!! A great "moral of the story is..." kind of story. There just aren't many movies being made these days that can compete with this one. Not even by Disney, themselves. A wonderful way to experience the racial boundaries being crossed and humanity rising up to meet the occasion with open arms. Especially, in a time when anger and hatred were so prevalent (a.k.a. the Civil War Era). You've really got to see this film - J.Harden.
What a great classic!
This has to be one of the best Disney has released but it is sad that most people will never be able to see it. Seems it has been banned. It has alot of values set in the movie but since it was a time when most people want to forget, it will not been seen again. I watch it all the time.