Song of the South is the most controversial Disney movie ever made. So much so that it was never released on home video in the United States. If you’re aware of the movies reputation, you know why. Song of the South is often accused of being racist. Something Disney movies were no strangers to back in the day. The crows in Dumbo, the indians in Peter Pan, the siamese cats in Lady and the Tramp. They were all considered racial stereotypes, but they’re such a small part of their respective movies that they still release them no problem. What makes Song of the South different is the fact that it’s the entire movie. You see, Song of the South takes place on a southern plantation. While they claim it takes place after slavery was abolished, it’s never explicitly stated. Which is why the idea of happy singing slaves is offensive. Song of the South is about a kind hearted man named Uncle Remus. An African American storyteller that all the kids love. He tells stories about Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear. Stories with simple life lessons. As offensive as the movie can be, I can tell it wasn’t intentional. Walt Disney really wanted to get this movie made and it shows. The songs, specifically the Academy Award winning “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” are just as good as other Disney songs. It was also revolutionary for blending live action with animation and James Baskett became the first black man to receive an Oscar. Sure Disney wants people to forget about Song of the South, but it’s an important movie that doesn’t deserve to be locked away forever.
P.S. You’re probably wondering how I was able to get a copy of the movie. I won’t say exactly, but let’s just say it is possible.