Thursday, November 12, 2009

November 12: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!

On this day in 1946, Disney's Song of the South was first released. Based on the Uncle Remus stories by author Joel Chandler Harris, the mostly live-action film also features 25 minutes of animation. Set in the Deep South shortly after the American Civil War, the live actors provide a frame story in which Uncle Remus relates the folk tales of the animated Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Fox and their animal friends.
Never released in its entirety on home video in the U.S., some believe its content could be interpreted as racially insensitive. (For that matter - maybe Hollywood should re-think the Godfather and hundreds of other films that unfairly portray Italians and Italian-Americans as nothing more than gangsters.)
Stay positive Disney fans ... maybe Song of the South will see the light of a DVD day, until then have a Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah day (and click HERE for more November 12 Disney history).

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