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  • After listening to this podcast and spending time on fan sites like this I wanted to ask you guys here at Disney Wiki about one of Disney's most controversial movies: Song of the South. For those who have seen it or just heard about it and the controversy around it in general, what are your opinions? Is it offensive? What's keeping Disney ffrom releasing it on DVD/Bluray officially? Should it be released? Why are things like Splash Mountain and Zip-a Dee Do Dah "okay" and still popular today but the movie that these things are from "bad" and should be hidden forever (according to Disney, it seems)? I have yet to see the movie all the way through, but when I do, I'll share my opinons.

    I noticed there wasn't much of a discussion on it here, unfortunately, so that's why I was curious.

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    • The film has never been released in its entirety on home video in the United States, because of the subject matter, which Disney executives thought might be viewed by some as politically incorrect and racist toward black people, and is therefore subject to much rumor. Some portions of the film have been issued on VHS and DVD as part of either compilations or special editions of Disney films. Disney Enterprises has avoided making the complete version of the film directly available on home video in the United States because the frame story was deemed controversial by studio management. 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. Over the years, Disney has made a variety of statements about whether and when the film would be re-released. In March 2010, Disney CEO Robert Iger stated that there were no plans to release the movie on DVD, calling the film "antiquated" and "fairly offensive". Most recently, however, on November 15, 2010, Disney creative director Dave Bossert stated in an interview, "I can say there's been a lot of internal discussion about Song of the South. And at some point we're going to do something about it. I don't know when, but we will. We know we want people to see Song of the South because we realize it's a big piece of company history, and we want to do it the right way."

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    • LegalizeAnythingMuppets wrote:
      The film has never been released in its entirety on home video in the United States, because of the subject matter, which Disney executives thought might be viewed by some as politically incorrect and racist toward black people, and is therefore subject to much rumor. Some portions of the film have been issued on VHS and DVD as part of either compilations or special editions of Disney films. Disney Enterprises has avoided making the complete version of the film directly available on home video in the United States because the frame story was deemed controversial by studio management. 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. Over the years, Disney has made a variety of statements about whether and when the film would be re-released. In March 2010, Disney CEO Robert Iger stated that there were no plans to release the movie on DVD, calling the film "antiquated" and "fairly offensive". Most recently, however, on November 15, 2010, Disney creative director Dave Bossert stated in an interview, "I can say there's been a lot of internal discussion about Song of the South. And at some point we're going to do something about it. I don't know when, but we will. We know we want people to see Song of the South because we realize it's a big piece of company history, and we want to do it the right way."

      Thanks for the post. Just want to let you know I already know what you shared... the main purpose of my post was to find the personal opinions of the Wiki members here. Not to share information, because I wasn't asking for that. As I stated, I've already been to fan sites and listened to a long podcast that already spoke about the reasons Disney's hesitant to release the DVD. i want to know what others think of this reason.

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    • They should release it for academic discussions on race and race relationship. The film was quite liberal as well as ahead of its time when it was released and it was considered pro- black at the time. James Bassett was probably one of the first black actor. Most companies did not hire black people or actors or even have black roles. Disney was the first person to have such roles. Personally, I thought Uncle Remus was child abusing  old drunk bum hypercrite  who should have gotten beaten by that old nanny in the kitchen scene. Dumbo was release with those dirty Jim Crows. 

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    • Antiprincess wrote:
      They should release it for academic discussions on race and race relationship. The film was quite liberal as well as ahead of its time when it was released and it was considered pro- black at the time. James Bassett was probably one of the first black actor. Most companies did not hire black people or actors or even have black roles. Disney was the first person to have such roles. Personally, I thought Uncle Remus was child abusing  old drunk bum hypercrite  who should have gotten beaten by that old nanny in the kitchen scene. Dumbo was release with those dirty Jim Crows. 

      I agree, what you said was similar to what is said by most fans of Song of the South and what was said during that podcast I listened to.

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    • YES. This film needs to be on DVD! It's a Disney classic. And calling the film racist is like calling your history teacher racist- it was just illustrating a certain period in time. It was also pretty pro-black as well. 

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    • When the film first came out the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People stated that it appreciates Song of the South for it's

      "remarkable artistic merit in the music and in the combination of living actors and the cartoon technique. It regrets, however, that in an effort neither to offend audiences in the north or south, the production helps to perpetuate a dangerously glorified picture of slavery. Making use of the beautiful Uncle Remus folklore, 'Song of the South' unfortunately gives the impression of an idyllic master-slave relationship which is a distortion of the facts."

      However, the film takes place after the civil war, and if you think about it, what they are basically saying is that the most racist thing about this film is that there's no racism at all.

      I may be a little bit out of my league here being a White Man, but the film wasn't inteded to make any kind political statement or anything like that; it was ment to teach racial tollerence, it's like the Our Gang shorts where Black kids and White kids play together regardless of their race. Therefore I support Song of the South getting released on DVD and Blu-Ray, but perhaps they should add an introduction by Leonard Multain at the beggining of the film, like he did with The Walt Disney Treasures.

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    • JayTehSpongetta, I give you kudos for starting this forum thread, only because I would've (eventually) started a forum thread about this very topic. I also had the exact same questions that you had (why are things like Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah and Splash Mountain okay if they come from this movie which is racist???)

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    • Thanks for your opinons, all. And no problem EpixAndroid, I was equally curious about those things. I look forward to more posts here. So far, I agree with all of you. Song of the South is not a racist movie at all!

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    • JayTehSpongetta
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    • This thread deserves to be bumped. Bump!

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    • Fat chance...

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    • Jjliang wrote:
      Fat chance...

      Um... I wasn't asking IF the movie will be released, I was asking for personal opinions on the subject...

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    • I got extremely lucky when I found SOTS on DVD at a local thrift store.  It also had So Dear to My Heart with it.  Now, I knew that it was an unofficial Disney DVD, but I could not pass up the $4.00 price tag.  In the year that I have owned the DVD, I have watched SOTS no less than 20 times.  I have even paid close attention to the segments that people considered to be offensive.  Personally, I found nothing offensive offensive at all.  Since the film took place post Civil War, the black actors in the film were merely servants and not slaves.  If you have ever seen Gone With the Wind, you will see that the same exists.  Disney needs to release this timeless classic officially on DVD / Blu-Ray.  The Walt Disney Company Wneeds to realize that they will make more people happy  than they will offend. 

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    • Heck yes!

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    • DippyDawg wrote:
      I got extremely lucky when I found SOTS on DVD at a local thrift store.  It also had So Dear to My Heart with it.  Now, I knew that it was an unofficial Disney DVD, but I could not pass up the $4.00 price tag.  In the year that I have owned the DVD, I have watched SOTS no less than 20 times.  I have even paid close attention to the segments that people considered to be offensive.  Personally, I found nothing offensive offensive at all.  Since the film took place post Civil War, the black actors in the film were merely servants and not slaves.  If you have ever seen Gone With the Wind, you will see that the same exists.  Disney needs to release this timeless classic officially on DVD / Blu-Ray.  The Walt Disney Company Wneeds to realize that they will make more people happy  than they will offend. 

      I agree! Thank you for your post!

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    • Being from Europe I do not share the sensitivities Americans have with the history of slavery. The statement by the NAACP the movie pictured a relationship between caucasians and negroids that was far too peaceful is probably true. Still, I refuse to believe all slave owners were brutes, ready to beat their slaves to an inch of their death. But, like I said, being European I simply don't know about that.



      But I don't really care either. The movie was meant as nothing more than an adaptation of a series of children's stories, just like Snow White, Peter Pan and, recently, Frozen. And as such it should be released, even if it was just to expose a new generation to the stories "Song of the South" was based on. Add a documentary on the DVD/Bluray about real life in the south for slaves or put a statement at the beginning of the movie the scenes that are shown should not be taken too seriously but were a product of it's time. But keeping "Song of the South" locked in the Disney vaults is almost a criminal act. It won two Academy Awards!

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    • If they REALLY needed to, they could edit it, add a note discussing the controversy and such.

      People still play and make adaptions of Taming of The Shrew by William Shakespeare, which was even considered dreadfully sexist back when it was made (someone who used to work for Shekespeare made his own sequel where Petruchio went through heck after the events in the play).

      If Taming of the Shrew is okay even today, then why isn't Song of the South?

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    • Thanks for your posts, guys. I really apreciate them. What you both say is true.

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    • JayTehSpongetta wrote:
      DippyDawg wrote:
      I got extremely lucky when I found SOTS on DVD at a local thrift store.  It also had So Dear to My Heart with it.  Now, I knew that it was an unofficial Disney DVD, but I could not pass up the $4.00 price tag.  In the year that I have owned the DVD, I have watched SOTS no less than 20 times.  I have even paid close attention to the segments that people considered to be offensive.  Personally, I found nothing offensive offensive at all.  Since the film took place post Civil War, the black actors in the film were merely servants and not slaves.  If you have ever seen Gone With the Wind, you will see that the same exists.  Disney needs to release this timeless classic officially on DVD / Blu-Ray.  The Walt Disney Company Wneeds to realize that they will make more people happy  than they will offend. 
      I agree! Thank you for your post!

      The problem came from the fact that people thought it took place before the Civil War.

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    • I personally think it should be released onto DVD.

      As others have said in this thread, the film was pro-black in its time period. James Baskett was one of the first actors of color in a time when dark skin was looked down upon, not to mention he was also the lead character and narrator. This really made the film ahead of its time.

      The movie is, however, racist in this day and age. Uncle Remus is seen singing about how wonderful life is and how happy he is, and it was probably written this way because the post-Civil War era included the freedom of all the black slaves of America. But, especially in the south, many of the white population disagreed with the freedom of their slaves, and even found it humiliating, and as a result, there was a dramatic increase in the amount of black people who were lynched. (did I mention that there were already plenty of them being lynched before that?) There was so much extra racism and discrimintation towards African Americans, and the largest amount was in the south (where SOTS is set (obviously)). So because of this false representation of what a free, post-Civil War, black man's life was like in the south, there would be controversies.

      But like I said before, I think it should be released. Whether parents want their children to see it or not is entirely their choice, and whoever is bothered by the racism should just not see it.

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    • L U X E wrote:
      I personally think it should be released onto DVD.

      As others have said in this thread, the film was pro-black in its time period. James Baskett was one of the first actors of color in a time when dark skin was looked down upon, not to mention he was also the lead character and narrator. This really made the film ahead of its time.

      The movie is, however, racist in this day and age. Uncle Remus is seen singing about how wonderful life is and how happy he is, and it was probably written this way because the post-Civil War era included the freedom of all the black slaves of America. But, especially in the south, many of the white population disagreed with the freedom of their slaves, and even found it humiliating, and as a result, there was a dramatic increase in the amount of black people who were lynched. (did I mention that there were already plenty of them being lynched before that?) There was so much extra racism and discrimintation towards African Americans, and the largest amount was in the south (where SOTS is set (obviously)). So because of this false representation of what a free, post-Civil War, black man's life was like in the south, there would be controversies.

      But like I said before, I think it should be released. Whether parents want their children to see it or not is entirely their choice, and whoever is bothered by the racism should just not see it.


      Thanks for posting here. I'm glad some people here are willing to discuss this subject instead of something like Frozen. I agree, some elements in SOTS are racist nowadays, but for the time period it's from, the movie isn't as bad as others.

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    • I have done a petition to release the film on DVD and Blu Ray in america. Sign it here.

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    • OF COURSE this movie needs to be re-rleeased. First of all, if it can be show overseas why can't it be shown in the US? Second, if we are supposed to learn from history how can we learn if its censored? Now, I have not seen the entire film, but I have seen a the first few minutes or so of the opening & the events have actually happened.

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    • I saw the full movie years ago and thing that I remember most is that Uncle Remus was the only responsible adult.

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    • OF COURSE SONG OF THE SOUTH SHOULD BE RELEASED. ANY DISNEY EXECUTIVE SUPRESSING THIS MOVIE IGNORES THE US CONSTITUTION & SHAMES THE ACCOMPLISHEMENTS & MEMORY OF WALT DISNEY.

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    • I think the movie is coming to DVD. SOON!

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    • MCSuperKid wrote:
      I think the movie is coming to DVD. SOON!

      Has Disney announced it? I won't believe it until an official announcement from Disney has happened.

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    • LET'S MAKE SURE THIS IN'T SOME  CENSORED VERSION THAT SOME  ANTI-CONSTITUTIONALIST HAS MONKEYED WITH. MR IGER? 

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    • WikiExpertXV wrote:
      MCSuperKid wrote:
      I think the movie is coming to DVD. SOON!
      Has Disney announced it? I won't believe it until an official announcement from Disney has happened.

      No. But, it's on a website for a little servey for it to come out. They're saying the movie will be realesed on dvd eventually. Maybe even Blu-Ray. 


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    • Are illegal bootleg copies of Song of the South available on DVD, Blu-ray, and VCD worldwide?

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    • It should be released. It portrays the Reconstruction era South well. It is historical.

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    • Song Of The South is indeed available uncut and in it's entirety on laserdisc. I own a copy and it is positively complete and uncut. I bought it off of eBay and original copies do occasionally show up. Also watch for the Japanese version which is also intact though you can watch it with subtitles or a dubbed Japanese track if you want to (which can seem very funny at times). The NAACP went after Disney years ago and got them to ban this film. Sad and ridiculous. It is a great film about a major black folk hero and, in fact, though the blacks in the film are portrayed as poor people, they are NOT slaves. At one point, Uncle Remus packs to leave to go to Atlanta. They are a free people to come and go as they please. The real negative characters in the film are the white plantation lady and some of the white kids. The little white boy gets hurt and the black plantation workers all come and hold a vigil outside the main house. Banning the film is a disgrace really and as it was made in 1946 it really does a good job of presenting the Uncle Remus tales without being offending to anyone. NAACP really did it's own people a disservice with this one. It was released to the public a long time ago and you can find old VHS tapes or the laser discs of it if you look. Disney has done a great disservice to this film by catering to the whims of the NAACP. The black folks in the film are quite plainly NOT slaves if they only care to actually watch the film. I agree that it needs to be released and Disney Studios needs to stop hiding.

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    • I had the luck of watching it unedited when i was a kid in public school, and briefly again when some wacko attempted a release of the full version on youtube before copy rights removed it, so having witnessed both (and I am quite certain they were the raw cut versions) were memorable, fun, and emotionally entertaining.

      Honestly people have been offened by movies of lesser stock, but to say this film was racist just wrong.  Now I have no idea because I'm a white man in Texas, and simply talking about this makes me feel like I'm walking over red hot coals, but I'll stick it out.  The movie is not offesnive in my point of view, and i think it should be released on DVD/Blue Ray.  If that happens I will be among the first! to preorder that movie.

      Yet if I may also add that there is more than just Song of the South that Disney has in its closet of goods, and those films I wouldn't mind seeing come out into the limb light again.

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    • Especially when it's come to the time of home video that Song of the South hasn't been released to video in the past three decades. Imagine if this is like the 1991 VHS cover in promotion for its 45th anniversary in the Walt Disney Classics video line:

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    • Geoesq wrote:
      LET'S MAKE SURE THIS IN'T SOME CENSORED VERSION THAT SOME ANTI-CONSTITUTIONALIST HAS MONKEYED WITH. MR IGER?

      You know Disney deciding to not release or deciding to edit its OWN content is not unconstitutional right? The owner isn't forced to exercise their rights.

      As to the topic at hand I've never seen it or if I have I do not remember it. That said if the impression that I have based on the snippets I've seen and what I've read about it I would be on the fence but leaning toward not releasing it. My impression is that it depicts the white-washed version of post-bellum South where african americans are happy as a clam with their oppressed status. While that might not be bold faced racial hatred it is still a subtle racism of lowered expectations and poor stereotypes which isn't to be praised.  If it were a movie geared to adults then I would likely not watch it but not be overly bothered that it was released. Adults should be able to understand the historical context as well as what isn't socially acceptable now. However since it is a for children as well I find it hard to be against the decision not to release it. Children are learing what is socially acceptable and don't have any historical context. They'll simply swallow it whole and there is a chance parts of what they incorrectly learn is socially acceptable aren't challenged until they are grown and their moral compass is set. That is troubling to me. I'm not for censorship generally but we ban nudity from children's content whether it is deviant or not. I would think that deviant social situations in children's content approach that same realm.  Having said that I wouldn't be so outraged that I'd be sending angry letters to Disney.

      I'm not singling SOTS out either. After watching Dumbo and Peter Pan again with my children I realized how bad they were in parts as well. I made sure I pointed out to my children the parts that I felt weren't acceptable and while I haven't taken them away I haven't encouraged watching them and fortunately there are plenty of others they love so they've only watched them a handful of times.

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    • That being said, Gone with the Wind is far more racist than Song of the South was, and it's still hailed as a cinematic masterpiece. Gone with the Wind was actually based on a book that glorified slavery and went on about how great slavery was. The film toned it down, but those ideas are still there.

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    • I don;t believe I have ever seen the movie SOTS. I know that I had sung the Zippitty-Do-Dah song to my son numerous times, often getting him out of a bad mood and most often when he did not want to get ready for school: the song would put a smile on his face and helped him face something a little more positively. 

      That being said, I would be willing to view the film today in an effort to determine whether or not I would want my grandchildren to see it or not.

      I will say this, as a former general music teacher, in 2004 I introduced my then 13-14 year old class (grade 8) to the R&H classic, South Pacific, I introduced the film as being something that might be considered racist, but at the time (WW2 era), the accepted opinion of most white Americans. Their reaction: they weren't seeing racism; they didn't even understand what I was talking about.

      Young minds only know beauty and friendship, trust and love, until they are tainted by adult views of the world. Race should only be prefixed by "Human" and is only suffixed with "ism" when tainted with anger and hate. Every body bleeds...the same color...

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    • I think if they remade it in a more sensitive light...or only released the animated bits, then the public might accept it.

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    • Why would you want to chop up such a wonderful, classic and timeless film?  If certain members of the human race does not want to accept the film for what it is, than they don't have to watch / buy it,  Disney should make it available for mail order only so that those who are interested in the film can order it directly.  That way those close minded individuals don't have to see it on store shelves.

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    • DippyDawg wrote:

      Why would you want to chop up such a wonderful, classic and timeless film?  If certain members of the human race does not want to accept the film for what it is, than they don't have to watch / buy it,  Disney should make it available for mail order only so that those who are interested in the film can order it directly.  That way those close minded individuals don't have to see it on store shelves.

      Why is Disney remaking timeless, classic films?

      Also, I didn't mean it as a remake of the film, but rather as another adaption of the tales the story is based on, namely the African American folk-tales.

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    • Well, as there are so many people that have made copies available, I think that Disney has given up.  I got lucky as the people that won the billion dollar Powerball jackpot a while back when I found my DVD copy at a thrift store.  When I saw it, my jaw dropped to the floor.  It is an excellent conversion complete with bonus features.  To top it off, it also came with "So Dear To My Heart."  My guess is that they did not know what they had.  Therefore, since I already have it, I am not to worried if Disney releases it or not.  But for those that want an official Disney release, keep fighting and you will never know what may happen.

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    • DippyDawg wrote: Well, as there are so many people that have made copies available, I think that Disney has given up.  I got lucky as the people that won the billion dollar Powerball jackpot a while back when I found my DVD copy at a thrift store.  When I saw it, my jaw dropped to the floor.  It is an excellent conversion complete with bonus features.  To top it off, it also came with "So Dear To My Heart."  My guess is that they did not know what they had.  Therefore, since I already have it, I am not to worried if Disney releases it or not.  But for those that want an official Disney release, keep fighting and you will never know what may happen.

      What DVD are U talking about? Link: https://www.change.org/p/the-walt-disney-company-restore-song-of-the-south-and-release-on-blu-ray-dvd-to-prevent-from-african-american-rasistism?tk=yQDXJpfy3D-D8hRPTmUcHaqEnUs--l93meP2xBfCo0k&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email

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    • I'm of the stance that this movie should be released in its entirety with a foreword indicating that the story takes place after the Civil War when the slaves had been freed. I don't see why people who see it as racist should continue to have the power to take away our right to view it and judge the movie for ourselves. There are far more controversial material that are freely available to us (like The Interview) and yet this movie continues to be censored from Americans in this day and age.

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    • ZeroTigress wrote:
      I'm of the stance that this movie should be released in its entirety with a foreword indicating that the story takes place after the Civil War when the slaves had been freed. I don't see why people who see it as racist should continue to have the power to take away our right to view it and judge the movie for ourselves. There are far more controversial material that are freely available to us (like The Interview) and yet this movie continues to be censored from Americans in this day and age.

      Agreed. Disney released the WW2 propaganda cartoons with a piece explaining the historical stuff, why can't they do the same with Song of The South? Heck, they could have a commentary thing explaining why some of the content was considered offensive, and thus it could be used as an educational video.

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    • if this movie was released on DVD, then it would be either an exclusive to Amazon or Disney Movie Club, because of the offensive content of the movie

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    • Is this one not real then? http://songofthesouthdvd.weebly.com/

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    • Yes, and the reason is because people are so stupid. Its actually based off of something everyone knows about, there's nothing wrong with it...

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    • Also it's not nearly as bad as most material released during that time. If nothing else, include some commentary to the film to use the film as a teaching tool. They did it for the WW2 cartoons, why not for this? Besides, we're all slowly forgetting American folklore, we need to become refamiliarized with it.

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    • Having seen the movie 4 times (I love it that much) I fail to see any racist undertones at all. I believe it's a racist movie if you believe that such a thing actually exists. Like with anything, I believe that something appears to exist because one perceives it as such (good or bad). Although SOTS might appear idealistic, it as a portrayal of a point of time in America's history. It's something that no movie producer nor historian can change. I think this movie is a masterpiece because 1) the main actor is African American (James Baskett...yes, let's use proper names in this discussion), 2) Uncle Remus is portrayed as a well-respected member of the community, even by white plantation residents, 3) Hattie McDaniel, another prominent character in the movie, played her part well, and 4) it is just a damn good movie!

      If James Baskett & Hattie McDaniel percieved (or pre-conceived) any racial undertones in the production of the movie, then I think that they might have elected to not participate in its production at all. On the contrary, they might have thought that their participation in SOTS wouild advance the status of other minority actors / actresses yet known, e.g., Harold & Kumar Go to Whitecastle (John Cho & Kal Penn). How about Bruce Almigty? Morgan Freeman played God! OMG! These might have been unthinkable if not for the efforts of Walt Disney & his actors (actresses) of the time.

      So, should it be released on DVD? Well, it has already been released on LaserDisc in Japan in 1990, and is now in the public domain for all to see (75 year copyright law). I think that if it were released on DVD in this day & age that people would see it in the way that Walt Disney envisioned & dispell the racial undertones that the Disney executives thought existed at the time. Let's let the public decide.

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    • I was able to see the movie recently and have been doing research into its production, source material and release. There have been some changes recently that I think would make it possible to re-release this movie and address the concerns about its content. The changes are from a source that you'd never expect to have anything to do with this movie, and addressing the concerns looks to be actually pretty easy.

      I will be working on an article for another wiki about it. Once that's done, I can either link to it in this discussion, or else publish it also on this wiki.

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    • I got Song of the South on Amazon a few years ago, and I've watched it a lot. Neither me nor my family found anything offensive in it. Plus, it was not set before the Civil War like so maky people believe, but actually during the reconstruction era. I thought that the movie, especially the animated sequences, taught some wonderful life lessons about running away from your home.

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    • If somehow they do release Song of the South on DVD and Blu-Ray, it must not be in a higher tone. It should be in the pitch as heard on the Sing-Along-Songs videos.

      I think that the movie was no longer showing because of the Tar Baby story. I mean, it could have been worse; Br'er Fox might have used red paint on it to make lips, and I'm talking ordinary lady lipstick for this, not stereotype lips.

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    • Disney 2015 wrote:
      If somehow they do release Song of the South on DVD and Blu-Ray, it must not be in a higher tone. It should be in the pitch as heard on the Sing-Along-Songs videos.

      You mean in NTSC pitch. The transfer that we see in circulation on the internet with the soundtrack in a higher tone is the PAL version from the European countries. But I know for sure Disney would put it in its original NTSC pitch for US DVD and Blu Ray releases since they did the same thing with the existing restored print of Pinocchio (which that was from the PAL region in Europe too, but was transferred to NTSC when they released it in NTSC for North America since the Platinum Collection DVD and Blu Ray release in 2009).

      I trust Disney on presenting their animated films in their correct pitch on the soundtrack, unlike certain studios where they screw up on that by forgetting to transfer the PAL copies into NTSC. That's what happened recently last year when MGM and Olive Films released the Don Bluth film "Rock-A-Doodle" on DVD and Blu Ray in widescreen.

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    • it reduces piracy

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    • Okay, I have many things to say all in one fell swoop so I am just going to say it in the form of a list.

      First of all, the views of racism are the points of controversy and are not yet noticed by any one.

      Second, if celebritiies, such as Whoopi Goldberg wants this released and Robert Iger, wants to release "all" of it's classics, possibly including this one, I think we can agree on terms.

      Third, if even Whoopi Goldberg wants it released, it can be living proof the critics were wrong.

      Fourth, if they can make a ride based on the film, why can't they release the film on any platform.

      Fifth, even as someone who never saw this and pretty much all the other classics, I find it hard to believe that this shouldn't be witnessed.

      Sixth, even with our growing understanding of other people, we shouldn't look with a raised eyebrow on a film none of us had seen.

      Seventh, we have seen all the other Disney films, they had their points of controversy and critism, okay, not much but still, nonetheless I think, THINK, that we can at the very least not turn a cold shoulder on this one.

      Eighth, it's not what they are perceiving, but what rather what they aren't that being it took place after the Civil War, upon the abolishment of slavery, that couldn't be addressed, but that wasn't on purpose

      Ninth, while I realize views are a bit, harsh in this country, what would give the company to spread it upon other countries, if they didn't want any racial views. That is just ludicrous

      Tenth, and finally, even as a Disney film, as a Disney film mind you, I think that this film can have a shot at release if we just give it a chance.

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    • Wild12002 wrote:
      Okay, I have many things to say all in one fell swoop so I am just going to say it in the form of a list.

      First of all, the views of racism are the points of controversy and are not yet noticed by any one.

      Second, if celebritiies, such as Whoopi Goldberg wants this released and Robert Iger, wants to release "all" of it's classics, possibly including this one, I think we can agree on terms.

      Third, if even Whoopi Goldberg wants it released, it can be living proof the critics were wrong.

      Fourth, if they can make a ride based on the film, why can't they release the film on any platform.

      Fifth, even as someone who never saw this and pretty much all the other classics, I find it hard to believe that this shouldn't be witnessed.

      Sixth, even with our growing understanding of other people, we shouldn't look with a raised eyebrow on a film none of us had seen.

      Seventh, we have seen all the other Disney films, they had their points of controversy and critism, okay, not much but still, nonetheless I think, THINK, that we can at the very least not turn a cold shoulder on this one.

      Eighth, it's not what they are perceiving, but what rather what they aren't that being it took place after the Civil War, upon the abolishment of slavery, that couldn't be addressed, but that wasn't on purpose

      Ninth, while I realize views are a bit, harsh in this country, what would drive the company to spread it upon other countries, if they didn't want any racial views. That is just bonkers

      Tenth, and finally, even as a Disney film, as a Disney film mind you, I think that this film can have a shot at release if we just give it a chance.

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    • 1. Agree

      2. Agree, and Whoopi is black

      3. LOL

      4. Wondering why

      5. True

      6. LOL

      7. Never thought

      8. Agree

      9. LOL

      10. Yeah

      11. You forgot to mention The Golden Age of Looney Tunes which contains Bugs Nips The Nips, which says "J*ps" "Bowlegs" and "Monkey Face"

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    • I much agree with you, Maddox121

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    • I think it should!

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    • My answer is probably going to be buried but I think they should. No remaking or anything just the straight movie. They could put a commentary before the movie starts saying that this is how things were way back when and we evolved since then, the movie is part of their history and how the world has changed. 

      Then sell it at a crazy high price so collectors can have a dvd copy of it. 

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    • Lovefiction wrote:
      My answer is probably going to be buried but I think they should. No remaking or anything just the straight movie. They could put a commentary before the movie starts saying that this is how things were way back when and we evolved since then, the movie is part of their history and how the world has changed. 

      Then sell it at a crazy high price so collectors can have a dvd copy of it. 

      That is one of my goals when I enter Disney.

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    • I'm so happy with this thread. I came here thinking that I would see a huge flame war over racism and censorship, with multible people insisting that it should continue being banned. But instead of seeing variations of "This movie is so racist that it should never see the light of day," everyone is saying something along the lines of "I acknowledge that this movie is not perfect, but censorship will not solve anything and it deserves to be seen as it is." Especially since the movie is not nearly as racist as many people seem to (or want you to) believe. I'm glad that at least a small portion of the world isn't as trigger-happy as I believed them to be.

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    • RandomGirl1995 wrote:
      I'm so happy with this thread. I came here thinking that I would see a huge flame war over racism and censorship, with multible people insisting that it should continue being banned. But instead of seeing variations of "This movie is so racist that it should never see the light of day," everyone is saying something along the lines of "I acknowledge that this movie is not perfect, but censorship will not solve anything and it deserves to be seen as it is." Especially since the movie is not nearly as racist as many people seem to (or want you to) believe. I'm glad that at least a small portion of the world isn't as trigger-happy as I believed them to be.

      That makes two of us.

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    • Since it's relatively well known(or heard of) and the fact that Disney's suffered through worse times, there's nothing to hide. Release it!

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    • Like Studio Ghibli, but you released it for Criterion Collection? Sure it is.

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    • Then How come I've see DVDs and Blu-rays 4 this movie on Ebay?

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    • A FANDOM user
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