BILL CRIDER'S POP CULTURE MAGAZINE
I saw SONG OF THE SOUTH in what was probably its last go-round, when I was perhaps five years old...the dialogue struck me as cartoonish (as befits a cartoon with a "live-action" Uncle Remus foreground) but I can't say whether I'd find it an offense today or since, either. With folks willing to take the television AMOS AND ANDY on its own terms, these days, I suspect this might or might not be treated in a similar way...
It would be interesting to find out, but I don't think we'll get the chance, at least officially.
Song of the South was one of my favorites. I've tried diligently to find even the words to "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" for examples in one arena or another, but that's how I discovered you can't even get the most vivid of scenes (the boy and the bull) in a clip. It may be racist, but I wish my children could see this movie to learn about love and loyalty. Probably won't get the chance, at least officially.
Apparently there were plans to release Song Of The South on DVD, probably in the same sort of package that Disney was using for their now (prematurely) ended Walt Disney Treasures series. This was ended when Michael Eisner was dump from the company and new boss Robert Iger took over, To quote Iger "I screened it fairly recently because I hadn't seen it since I was a child, and I have to tell you after I watched it, even considering the context that it was made, I had some concerns about it because of what it depicted. And though it's quite possible that people wouldn't consider it in the context that it was made, and there were some... [long pause] depictions that I mentioned earlier in the film that I think would be bothersome to a lot of people."
Thanks for that info, Kent.
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