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Song of the South

1946 theatrical release poster.
Directed by Harve Foster (live action)
Wilfred Jackson (animation)
Produced by Walt Disney
Written by Dalton S. Reymond
Morton Grant
Maurice Rapf
Bill Peet
Ralph Wright
George Stallings
Joel Chandler Harris (original stories)
Starring James Baskett
Ruth Warrick
Bobby Driscoll
Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof
Paul J. Smith (score)
Edward Plumb (orchestration)
Cinematography Gregg Toland
Editing by William M. Morgan
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Release date(s) November 12, 1946 (U.S. release)
Running time 94 minutes
Language English
Gross revenue $3.3 million[1]
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Song of the South is a feature film produced by Walt Disney, released on November 12, 1946 by RKO Radio Pictures and based on the Uncle Remus cycle of stories by Joel Chandler Harris. It was Walt Disney's first live-action film, though it also contains major segments of animation. The live actors provide a sentimental frame story, in which Uncle Remus relates the folk tales of the adventures of Br'er Rabbit and his friends. These anthropomorphic animal characters appear in animation. The film has never been released on home video in the USA[2] because of content which Disney executives believe would be construed by some as being racially insensitive towards African-Americans and is thus subject to much rumor, although it does exist on home video in the UK. The hit song from the film was "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah", which won the 1947 Academy Award for Best Song and is frequently used as part of Disney's montage themes. 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Joel Chandler Harris Joel Chandler Harris Joel Chandler Harris (December 8, 1848 - July 3, 1908) was an American journalist from Georgia, best known for his collection of Uncle Remus stories: Uncle Remus: His Songs and Sayings (1881), Nights with Uncle Remus (1883), Uncle Remus and His Friends (1892), and Uncle... James Baskett (February 16, 1904–July 9, 1948) was an African American actor best known for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in the 1946 Disney feature film, Song of the South for which he was given an Honorary Academy Award, making him the first male performer of African descent to... Dame Ruth Elizabeth Warrick, D.M., O.S.J., Regend of Cathedral of St. ... Bobby Driscoll as Tommy Woodry in the film noir, The Window (1949) Robert Cletus Driscoll (May 3, 1937 - March 30, 1968 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa), known as Bobby Driscoll, was a successful American child actor. ... Daniele Amfitheatrof (October 29, 1901 – June 4, 1983) was a Russian composer and conductor. ... Gregg Toland (1904-1948) was an influential American cinematographer, most noted for his work on Orson Welles Citizen Kane. ... William M. Morgan Kidnapped 9/11/1826 by Masons for writing: Illustrations of Masonry, Later killed by Mason Henry L. Valance ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1945 in film 1946 1947 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Top grossing films North America The Bells of St. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... Uncle Remus was a fictional character, the title character and fictional narrator of a collection of African American folktales adapted and compiled by Joel Chandler Harris, published in book form from 1881. ... Joel Chandler Harris Joel Chandler Harris Joel Chandler Harris (December 8, 1848 - July 3, 1908) was an American journalist from Georgia, best known for his collection of Uncle Remus stories: Uncle Remus: His Songs and Sayings (1881), Nights with Uncle Remus (1883), Uncle Remus and His Friends (1892), and Uncle... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... A frame story (also frame tale, frame narrative, etc. ... Folklore is the ethnographic concept of the tales, legends, or superstitions current among a particular ethnic population, a part of the oral history of a particular culture. ... 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Plot

The setting is the Southern United States, shortly after the American Civil War. Seven-year-old Johnny is excited about what he believes to be a vacation at his grandmother's Georgia plantation with his parents, John Sr. and Sally. When they arrive at the plantation, he discovers that his parents are separating and he is to live in the country with his mother and grandmother while his father returns to Atlanta to continue his controversial editorship in the city's newspaper. Johnny, distraught because his father has never left him or his mother before, leaves that night under cover of darkness and sets off for Atlanta with only a bindle. As Johnny sneaks away from the plantation, he is attracted by the voice of Uncle Remus, telling tales of a character named Br'er Rabbit. Curious, Johnny hides behind a nearby tree to spy on the group of people sitting around the fire. By this time, word has gotten out that Johnny is gone and the servants, who are sent out to find him, ask if Uncle Remus has seen the boy. Uncle Remus replies that he's with him. Shortly afterwards, he catches up with Johnny who sits crying on a nearby log. He befriends the young boy and offers him some food for the journey, taking him back to his cabin. Historic Southern United States. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... // This article is about crop plantations. ... Hotlanta redirects here. ... Bindle (from German das Bündel = bundle, bale) is a term used to describe the bag or carrying device used by the (commonly American) sub-culture of hobos. ... Brer Rabbit is a fictional character, the hero of the Uncle Remus stories derived from African American folktales of the Southern United States. ...


As Uncle Remus cooks, he mentions Br'er Rabbit again and the boy, curious, asks him to tell him more. After Uncle Remus tells a tale about Br'er Rabbit's attempt to run away from home, Johnny takes the advice and changes his mind about leaving the plantation, letting Uncle Remus take him back to his mother. Johnny makes friends with Toby, a little black boy who lives on the plantation, and Ginny Favers, a poor white neighbor. However, Ginny's two older brothers, Joe and Jake (who are meant to resemble Br'er fox and Br'er Bear from Uncle Remus's stories, for one is big and a little slow, while the other is slick and fast-talking), are not friendly at all. They constantly bully Ginny and Johnny. When Ginny gives Johnny a puppy, her brothers want to drown it. A fight breaks out among the three boys. Heartbroken because his mother won't let him keep the puppy, Johnny takes the dog to Uncle Remus and tells him of his troubles. Uncle Remus takes the dog in and delights Johnny and his friends with the fable of Br'er Rabbit and the Tar Baby, stressing how one shouldn't go messing around with something they have no business with in the first place. a Great Pyrenees pup A puppy is a juvenile dog, generally less than one year of age that has not reached the equivalent of dog puberty yet. ... A tar baby is metaphorically any sticky situation[1] that is only aggravated by efforts to solve it. ...

From left to right: Ginny (Luana Patten), Uncle Remus (James Baskett), Johnny (Bobby Driscoll) and Toby (Glenn Leedy).
From left to right: Ginny (Luana Patten), Uncle Remus (James Baskett), Johnny (Bobby Driscoll) and Toby (Glenn Leedy).

Johnny heeds the advice of how Br'er Rabbit used reverse psychology on Br'er Fox and begged the Favers boys not to tell their mother about the dog, which is precisely what they do, only to get a good spanking for it. Enraged, the boys vow revenge. They go to the plantation and tell Johnny's mother, who is upset that Uncle Remus kept the dog despite her order, unbeknownst to Uncle Remus. She orders the old man not to tell any more stories to her son. The day of Johnny's birthday arrives. Johnny picks up Ginny to take her to his party. Ginny's mother used her wedding dress to make her a beautiful dress for the party. On the way there, however, Joe and Jake pick another fight. Ginny gets pushed and ends up in a mud puddle. With her dress ruined, Ginny refuses to go to the party. Johnny doesn't want to go either, especially since his father won't be there. Uncle Remus discovers the two dejected children and cheers them by telling the story of Br'er Rabbit and his "Laughing Place". When Uncle Remus returns to the plantation with the children, Sally meets them on the way and is angry at Johnny for not having attended his own birthday party. Ginny mentions Uncle Remus telling them a story and Sally draws the line, warning Uncle Remus not to spend time with Johnny any more. Uncle Remus, saddened by the misunderstanding of his good intentions, packs his bags and leaves for Atlanta. Johnny, seeing Uncle Remus leaving from a distance, rushes to intercept him, taking a shortcut through the pasture where he is attacked and seriously injured by the resident bull. While Johnny hovers between life and death, his father returns and reconciles with Sally. But Johnny calls for Uncle Remus, who had returned in all the commotion. Uncle Remus began telling a tale of Br'er Rabbit and the Laughing Place again, and the boy miraculously survives. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 250 × 158 pixelsFull resolution (250 × 158 pixel, file size: 29 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Publicity photo of Song of the South castmembers. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 250 × 158 pixelsFull resolution (250 × 158 pixel, file size: 29 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Publicity photo of Song of the South castmembers. ... Luana Patten (July 6, 1938 - May 1, 1996) was an American actress. ... James Baskett (February 16, 1904–July 9, 1948) was an African American actor best known for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in the 1946 Disney feature film, Song of the South for which he was given an Honorary Academy Award, making him the first male performer of African descent to... Bobby Driscoll as Tommy Woodry in the film noir, The Window (1949) Robert Cletus Driscoll (May 3, 1937 - March 30, 1968 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa), known as Bobby Driscoll, was a successful American child actor. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Brer Fox is a fictional character from the Uncle Remus folktales adapted and compiled by Joel Chandler Harris. ...


Animation

Br'er Rabbit takes Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear to his "laughing place."
Br'er Rabbit takes Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear to his "laughing place."

There are three animated segments in the movie:
Brer Rabbit Runs Away; about 8 minutes, including the song Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.
The Tar Baby; about 12 minutes, interrupted with a short live action scene about two thirds of the way into the cartoon, including the song How Do You Do?.
Brer Rabbit's Laughing place; about 5 minutes and the only segment that doesn't use Uncle Remus as an intro to its main story, including the song Everybody's Got A Laughing Place.
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Also most of the last couple of minutes of the movie contains animation as most of the cartoon characters shows up in a live action world to meet the live action characters, and in the last seconds of the movie the real world is turned into an animated one.


History

Walt Disney goes over the storyboards with Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten in a publicity photo for the film.
Walt Disney goes over the storyboards with Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten in a publicity photo for the film.

Walt Disney had long wanted to make a film based on the Uncle Remus storybook, but it wasn't until the mid-1940s that he had found a way to give the stories an adequate film equivalent, in scope and fidelity. "I always felt that Uncle Remus should be played by a living person," Disney is quoted as saying, "as should also the young boy to whom Harris' old Negro philosopher relates his vivid stories of the Briar Patch. Several tests in previous pictures, especially in The Three Caballeros, were encouraging in the way living action and animation could be dovetailed. Finally, months ago, we 'took our foot in hand,' in the words of Uncle Remus, and jumped into our most venturesome but also more pleasurable undertaking."[3] Image File history File links Song_of_the_South_storyboards. ... Image File history File links Song_of_the_South_storyboards. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Bobby Driscoll as Tommy Woodry in the film noir, The Window (1949) Robert Cletus Driscoll (May 3, 1937 - March 30, 1968 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa), known as Bobby Driscoll, was a successful American child actor. ... Luana Patten (July 6, 1938 - May 1, 1996) was an American actress. ... The Three Caballeros is a 1944 animated feature film, produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. ...


Disney first began to negotiate with Harris' family for the rights in 1939, and by late summer of that year he already had one of his storyboard artists synopsize the more promising tales and draw up four boards' worth of story sketches.[1] In November of 1940, Disney visited the Harris' home in Atlanta. He told Variety that he wanted to "get an authentic feeling of Uncle Remus country so we can do as faithful a job as possible to these stories."[1] Roy Oliver Disney had misgivings about the project, doubting that it was "big enough in caliber and natural draft" to warrant a budget over $1 million and more than twenty-five minutes of animation, but in June 1944, Walt hired southern-born writer Dalton Reymond to write the screenplay, and he met frequently with King Vidor, whom he was trying to interest in directing the live-action sequences.[1] Hotlanta redirects here. ... Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ... Roy Oliver Disney (June 24, 1893–December 20, 1971). ... King Vidor King Wallis Vidor (February 8, 1894 – November 1, 1982) was an American film director. ...


Production

Filming on location in Phoenix, Arizona.
Filming on location in Phoenix, Arizona.

Production started under the title Uncle Remus.[1][4] Filming began in December 1944 in Phoenix, where the studio had constructed a plantation and cotton fields for outdoor scenes, and Walt Disney left for the location to oversee what he called "atmospheric shots."[1] Image File history File links Song_of_the_South_on_location. ... Image File history File links Song_of_the_South_on_location. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country United States State Arizona Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ...


Writing

Dalton Reymond wrote a treatment for the film.[4] Because Reymond was not a professional screenwriter, Maurice Rapf, who had been writing live-action features at the time, was asked by the the Walt Disney Company to work with Reymond to turn the treatment into a shootable screenplay.[4] According to Neal Gabler, one of the reasons Disney had hired Rapf to work with Reymond was to temper what Disney feared would be Reymond's white southern slant. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Neal Gabler Neal Gabler is an active Jewish journalist, author, and political commenter. ...

Rapf was a minority, a Jew, and an outspoken left-winger, and he himself feared that the film would inevitably be Uncle Tomish. "That's exactly why I want you to work on it," Walt told him, "because I know that you don't think I should make the movie. You're against Uncle Tomism, and you're a radical."[1] “Leftism” redirects here. ... Uncle Tom is a pejorative for an African American who is perceived by others as behaving in a subservient manner to White American authority figures, or as seeking ingratiation with them by way of unnecessary accommodation. ...

Rapf initially hesitated, but when he found out that most of the film would be live-action and that he could make extensive changes, he accepted the offer.[4] Rapf worked on Uncle Remus for about seven weeks. When he got into a personal dispute with Reymond, Rapf was taken off the project.[4] According to Rapf, Walt Disney "ended every confereence by saying 'Well, I think we've really licked it now. Then he'd call you the next morning and say, 'I've got a new idea.' And he'd have one. Sometimes the ideas were good, sometimes they were terrible, but you could never really satisfy him."[1] Morton Grant was assigned to the project.[4] Disney sent out the script for comment both within the studio and outside the studio.[1]


Casting

Song of the South was the very first film produced by Walt Disney to employ professional actors.[5] James Baskett was the first live actor to be hired by Disney.[6] Baskett got the job of portraying Uncle Remus after answering an ad to provide the voice of a talking butterfly. "I thought that, maybe, they'd try me out to furnish the voice for one of Uncle Remus' animals," Baskett is quoted as saying. Upon review of his voice, Disney wanted to meet Baskett personally, and had him tested for the role of Uncle Remus. Not only did Baskett get the part of the butterfly's voice, but also the voice of Br'er Fox and the live-action role of Uncle Remus as well.[7] Additionally, Baskett filled in as the voice of Br'er Rabbit for Johnny Lee in the "Laughing Place" scene after Lee was called away to do promotion for the picture.[5] Walt Disney liked Baskett, and told his sister, Ruth Disney, that Baskett was "the best, actor, I believe, to be discovered in years." Long after the film's release, Walt stayed in contact with Baskett.[1] Disney also campaigned for Baskett to be given an Academy Award for his performance, saying that he had worked "almost wholly without direction" and had devised the characterization of Remus himself. Thanks to Disney's efforts, Baskett won an honorary Oscar in 1948.[4][1] After Baskett's death, his widow wrote Disney and told him that he had been a "friend in deed and [we] certainly have been in need."[1] James Baskett (February 16, 1904–July 9, 1948) was an African American actor best known for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in the 1946 Disney feature film, Song of the South for which he was given an Honorary Academy Award, making him the first male performer of African descent to... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


Also cast in the production were child actors Bobby Driscoll, Luana Patten and Glenn Leedy. Driscoll was the first actor to be under a personal contract with the Disney studio.[8] Patten was a professional model since age 3, and caught the attention of Disney when she appeared on the cover of "Woman's Home Companion" magazine.[9] Leedy was discovered on the playground of the Booker T. Washington school in Phoenix, AZ by a talent scout from the Disney studio.[10] Ruth Warrick and Erik Rolf, cast as Johnny's mother and father, had actually been married during filming, but divorced in 1946.[11][12] Hattie McDaniel also appeared in the role of Aunt Tempy. Bobby Driscoll as Tommy Woodry in the film noir, The Window (1949) Robert Cletus Driscoll (May 3, 1937 - March 30, 1968 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa), known as Bobby Driscoll, was a successful American child actor. ... Luana Patten (July 6, 1938 - May 1, 1996) was an American actress. ... Phoenix is the capital, largest city and largest metropolitan area in the state of Arizona, United States. ... Dame Ruth Elizabeth Warrick, D.M., O.S.J., Regend of Cathedral of St. ... Hattie McDaniel (June 10, 1892 – October 26, 1952) was an African-American actress. ...


Direction

The animated segments of the film were directed by Wilfred Jackson, while the live-action segments were directed by Harve Foster.[1] On the final day of shooting, Jackson discovered that the scene in which Uncle Remus sings the film's signature song, "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," had not been properly blocked. According to Jackson, "We all sat there in a circle with the dollars running out, and nobody came up with anything. Then Walt suggested that they shoot Baskett in close-up, cover the lights with cardboard save for a silver of blue sky behind his head, and then remove the cardboard from the lights when he began singing so that he would seem to be entering a bright new world of animation. Like Walt's idea for Bambi on ice, it made for one of the most memorable scenes in the film."[1] Wilfred Jackson (January 24, 1906–August 7, 1988) was an American animator, arranger, composer and director best known for his work on the Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies series of cartoons from The Walt Disney Company. ...


Release

As had been done earlier with Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney produced a Sunday strip titled Uncle Remus & His Tales of Brer Rabbit to give the film pre-release publicity. The strip was launched by King Features on October 14, 1945, more than a year before the film was released. Unlike the Snow White comic strip, which only adapted the movie, Uncle Remus ran for decades, telling one story after another about the characters, some based on the legends and others new, until it ended on December 31, 1972.[13] The film was completed and premiered on November 12, 1946 in Atlanta, Georgia. Baskett was reportedly unable to attend the premiere as no hotel within reach of the theater would rent him a room.[2][5] The film grossed $3.3 million at the box office.[1] Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 animated feature, the first produced by Walt Disney. ... See also Comic strip and Daily strip. ... King Features Syndicate is a syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation; it distributes about 150 comic strips, newspaper columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games to thousands of newspapers around the world. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Hotlanta redirects here. ...


Response

Although the film was a financial success, some critics were less responsive to the film. Bosley Crowther wrote in The New York Times, "More and more, Walt Disney's craftsmen have been loading their feature films with so-called 'live action' in place of their animated whimsies of the past, and by just those proportions has the magic of these Disney films decreased," citing the ratio of live action to animation at two to one, concluding that is "approximately the ratio of its mediocrity to its charm."[1] However, the film also received positive notice. Time magazine called the film "topnotch Disney."[4] In 2003, the Online Film Critics Society ranked the film as the 67th greatest animated film of all time.[14] The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) , the professional association for film journalists, scholars and historians who publish their reviews, interviews and essays exclusively or primarily in the online media. ...


Accusations of racism

Even early in the film's production, there was concern that the material would encounter controversy. As the writing of the screenplay was getting under way, Disney publicist Vern Caldwell wrote to producer Perce Pearce that "The negro situation is a dangerous one. Between the negro haters and the negro lovers there are many chances to run afoul of situations that could run the gamut all the way from the nasty to the controversial."[1]


When the film was first released, the NAACP acknowledged "the remarkable artistic merit" of the film, but decried the supposed "impression it gives of an idyllic master-slave relationship" (even though the film was set after the American Civil War).[4] Today, the organization has no position on the movie.[2] The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP, generally pronounced as EN Double AY SEE PEE) is one of the oldest and most influential civil rights organizations in the United States. ...


In 2007, Movies.com listed the film as the fifth most controversial film of all time.[15]


Releases and availability

1986 reissue poster.

Although the film has been re-released several times (most recently in 1986), the Disney corporation has avoided making it directly available on home video or DVD in the United States because the frame story was deemed controversial by studio management, despite Uncle Remus being the hero of the story. Film critic Roger Ebert, who normally disdains any attempt to keep films from any audience, has supported the non-release position, claiming that most Disney films become a part of the consciousness of American children, who take films more literally than do adults. However, he favors allowing film students to have access to the film.[16] In the U.S., only excerpts from the animated segments have ever appeared in Disney's DVDs (such as the 2004 two-disc release of Alice in Wonderland (1951), television shows, and the popular log-flume attraction Splash Mountain is based upon the same animated portions). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (553x850, 153 KB) Summary Poster of Song of the South (1946). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (553x850, 153 KB) Summary Poster of Song of the South (1946). ... The home video business rents and sells videocassettes and DVDs to the public. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released to cinemas on July 28, 1951 by RKO Radio Pictures. ... Splash Mountain is a log flume attraction at three Walt Disney Parks that is based on the 1946 Disney film Song of the South. ...


Despite rumors of a forthcoming DVD release, Disney CEO Robert Iger stated on March 10, 2006 at a Disney Shareholder Meeting that it had been decided that the company would not re-release it for the time being.[17] At the annual shareholders meeting in March 2007, Iger announced that the company was reconsidering the decision, and have decided to look into the possibility of releasing the film.[18] However, in May 2007, it was reported that the Disney company has chosen not to release the film.[19] Robert A. Iger (born February 10, 1951) or Bob Iger is head of the Walt Disney Company. ...

A British Song of the South video tape, released in 2000.

The film has been released on video in various European and Asian countries - in the UK it was released on PAL VHS tape, and in Japan it appeared on NTSC VHS, BETA and laserdisc with subtitles, while a rarer NTSC laserdisc was issued in Hong Kong without subtitles. While most foreign releases of the film are direct translations of the English title (Canción del Sur in Spanish, Mélodie du Sud in French, Melodie Van Het Zuiden in Dutch, and A Canção do Sul in Portuguese), the German title Onkel Remus' Wunderland translates to "Uncle Remus' Wonderland", and the Italian title I Racconti Dello Zio Tom translates to "The Stories of Uncle Tom."[20] Image File history File links Song_of_the_South_VHS_(UK). ... Image File history File links Song_of_the_South_VHS_(UK). ... Television encoding systems by nation. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) and launched... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Despite the film's lack of home video release directly to consumers in the United States, audio from the film--both the musical soundtrack and dialogue--were made widely available to the public from the time of the film's debut up through the late 1970s. In particular, many Book-and-Record sets were released, alternately featuring the animated portions of the film or summaries of the film as a whole.[21] Additionally, bootleg copies of the film in NTSC format, converted from the UK PAL videotape (which runs slightly faster), are widely available and have been sold in the United States at retail outlets and on online auctions with no legal action being taken by the Disney corporation. Book-and-Record sets are a form of edutainment (educational entertainment) for children, consisting of a picture storybook (often in comic book format, with drawings or photos) and an accompanying recording (originally in the form of a vinyl record; later in cassette tape and compact disc formats) to be played... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... Television encoding systems by nation. ...


International release dates

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Songs

Songs featured in the film include:

  • "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"
  • "Song of the South"
  • "Uncle Remus Said"
  • "Ev'rybody's Got a Laughing Place"
  • "How Do You Do?"
  • "Sooner or Later"
  • "Who Wants to Live Like That?"
  • "Let the Rain Pour Down"
  • "All I Want"

The song "Look at the Sun" is marketed as one of the songs from the movie, though it is not actually in the film. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah is a song from the Disney live action movie Song of the South, released in 1946. ...


There are only five minutes of the movie without any music.


Pop culture references

There have been many references to the film in popular culture. Among them was Fletch Lives (1989), Splash (1984), Starsky & Hutch (2004) - a TV Funhouse cartoon on a season 31 episode of NBC's long-running sketch show Saturday Night Live (host: Lindsay Lohan; musical guest: Pearl Jam). The cartoon was a parody of many things related to Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company. In the cartoon, two kids watch an "uncut" version of Song of the South showing Uncle Remus singing the dubbed lines "Negroes are inferior in every way" and "Whites are much cleaner, that's what I say." Actual footage from the movie was used.[22] This movie was also lampooned on SNL in its 25th season by Tracy Morgan in a fake advertisement for "Uncle Jemima's Pure Mash Liquor."[23] TV Funhouse is the title of a recurring skit on NBCs Saturday Night Live featuring cartoons created by longtime SNL writer Robert Smigel, as well as a short-lived spinoff series that ran on Comedy Central. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Lindsay Dee Lohan[1] (born July 2, 1986) is an American actress and pop music singer. ... Pearl Jam is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


See also

This is a list of animated feature-length films from around the world organised chronologically by year; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Gabler, Neal (2006). Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination. Knopf, 432-9, 456, 463, 486, 511, 599. ISBN 067943822. 
  2. ^ a b c Disney (Song of the South). Urban Legends Reference Pages. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  3. ^ The Movie: Background. Song of the South.net. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Cohen, Karl F (1997). Forbidden Animation: Censored Cartoons and Blacklisted Animators in America. North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., pages 60-68. ISBN 0-7864-0395-0. 
  5. ^ a b c Trivia for Song of the South. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  6. ^ Biography for James Baskett. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  7. ^ James Baskett as Uncle Remus. Song of the South.net. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  8. ^ Bobby Driscoll biography at Song of the South.net
  9. ^ Luana Patten as Ginny Favers. Song of the South.net. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  10. ^ Glenn Leedy as Toby. Song of the South.net. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  11. ^ Ruth Warrick as Sally. Song of the South.net. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  12. ^ Eric Rolf as John. Song of the South.net. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  13. ^ Don Markstein. Brer Rabbit. Toonopedia. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  14. ^ Top 100 Animated Features of All Time. Online Film Critics Society. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  15. ^ http://movies.go.com/feature?featureid=886352
  16. ^ Mike Brantley (January 6, 2002). 'Song of the South'. Alabama Mobile Register. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  17. ^ Audio of Robert Iger's statement can be heard here
  18. ^ 2007 Transcript from shareholder's meeting. Retrieved on 2007-04-20.
  19. ^ Disney Backpedaling on Releasing Song of the South?. songofthesouth.net. Retrieved on 2007-05-28.
  20. ^ AKAs for Song of the South. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  21. ^ Song of the South Memorabilia. Song of the South.net. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  22. ^ The Saturday Night Live skit with dubbed lyrics
  23. ^ Uncle Jemima. Retrieved on 2007-03-21.

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Song of the South - Frequently Asked Questions (1344 words)
As of December 2001, Song of the South was withdrawn worldwide.
Song of the South's theatrical runtime is over 94 min., but the British PAL VHS only runs about 91 minutes.
The Song of the South Petition is an ongoing effort to show Disney how many people want this film released.
New Georgia Encyclopedia: Song of the South (1027 words)
Song of the South was Walt Disney's film adaptation of African American folk tales written down in the late nineteenth century by Joel Chandler Harris in his Uncle Remus tales.
Song of the South concerns Johnny, a young white boy from Atlanta whose parents are separating.
Although he was not nominated in the acting category, Baskett was honored in 1947 with a special Oscar by the Academy for "his able and heartwarming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and storyteller to the children of the world." He died four months later, at the age of forty-four.
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