Is There a Place for Disney’s Song of the South on Home Video?

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederate siege against U.S. forces stationed at Fort Sumter in the Charleston, South Carolina harbor, the first military action of the Civil War.  How the conflict’s sesquicentennial is being marked–and, in some parts of the country, celebrated–has over the past several months led to some rather intense media discussion over the ways that American society looks at its often-troubled heritage of race relations, and how it should present that past–from slavery to the century of segregation that followed its demise–for future generations.

There’s another, cinematic anniversary coming up later this year that ties into these events as well. It was 65 years ago–on November 12, 1946–that the Walt Disney studio’s Song of the South, which used live actors and animation to bring the popular “Uncle Remus” stories of  Georgia-born author Joel Chandler Harris to life and marked the company’s first official foray into live-action filmmaking, had its premiere in Atlanta.

Of the many motion pictures never made available on home video in the U.S, none has been a source of contention and controversy, with impassioned speakers on both sides and entire websites devoted to the film, as has Song of the South. The ongoing question of whether it should be released matches debates that met the film upon its 1946 debut, when picketers, newspaper editorials, and scholars criticized its depiction of African-American life, and upon subsequent theatrical re-showings from the mid-’50s to its final go-round in 1986.

Since some of you out there may be too young to have seen the film in theaters (I was in junior high when I caught it during its 1972 run) and thus may be familiar with it solely through its cartoon segments or the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” here’s a brief synopsis. Shortly after the Civil War (no actual time frame is given), young Johnny (ill-fated child star Bobby Driscoll) is taken to live with his mother and grandmother on the older woman’s Georgia plantation while Johnny’s father returns to Atlanta. It’s not really clear if Johnny’s folks are actually separating, or if the father is merely finishing business regarding unspecified writings of his. A heartbroken Johnny intends to run away and follow his dad to Atlanta, but his journey is interrupted when he sees Uncle Remus (James Baskett), a jovial, elderly black man, telling stories to the plantation workers and their children. Uncle Remus finds Johnny sitting on a log and takes him back to his cabin, where he feeds him and tells him about a similar incident that happened to Brer (early African-American slang for “Brother”) Rabbit, leading to the first of three animated Brer Rabbit tales in the film. Remus convinces Johnny to return home and takes him back to the mansion, but  is scolded by the grandmother (Lucille Watson) for keeping the boy out so late.

Johnny eventually comes to enjoy his time on the plantation, befriending a black boy named Toby (Glenn Leedy) and a “poor white” neighbor girl named Ginny (Disney live-action regular Luana Patten) whose brothers harass both her and Johnny. The three spend every spare moment at Uncle Remus’ cabin, where he spins more fables about rascally Brer Rabbit’s run-ins with scheming Brer Fox and the oafish Brer Bear, tales that help the youngsters deal with Ginny’s bullying siblings. Meanwhile, Johnny’s mom (Ruth Warrick)  is not happy with her son’s behavior, and–after one such visit keeps Johnny from attending a birthday party she arranged for him–she tells Remus to stop the storytelling sessions. A dejected Remus packs up and prepares to move away, until a life-threatening incident with a bull eventually brings Johnny”s father back home and leads to a happy reunion (and a final rendition of “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah”) for Johnny, his parents and his new friends, including Uncle Remus.

Audiences and critics generally agreed that the animated sequences (about 25 minutes in all) and the soundtrack that included, along with “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah,” “Uncle Remus Said” and “Everybody’s Got a Laughing Place”  were Song of the South’s best features. And while most found the story a touch on the cloying side, the performances of Driscoll, Patten and, in particular, Baskett (who was presented with a honorary Academy Award “for his able and heart-warming characterization”) were praised. What was not praised–and what Disney and his studio should have been better prepared for–was the film’s portrayal of everyday life on an “Old Dixie” plantation. A 1946 NAACP statement decried “the impression it gives of an idyllic master-slave relationship which is a distortion of the facts,” while the National Urban League described the film as “another repetition of the perpetuation of the stereotype casting of the Negro in the servant role.”

On the other side, a leading black newspaper, The Pittsburgh Courier, said that, even with its faults, the movie could in fact “prove of inestimable good in the furthering of interracial relations.”  The scenes of Johnny befriending Toby are, after all, fairly progressive for 1940s Hollywood; Our Gang and the East Side Kids were integrated, but everything there was played strictly for laughs  (By the way, for a much more offensive family film set during the Civil War, check out the sole Our Gang feature, 1937’s General Spanky, sometime). One gets the impression that the displeasure Johnny’s mother feels over who he’s with is as much about class (as with Ginny’s family) as it is race. Moreover, Uncle Remus and another servant, Aunt Tempy (Oscar-winning Gone with the Wind alumna Hattie McDaniel), are shown to be sympathetic characters rather than the out-and-out caricatures that African-American actors were often relegated to at the time…although they’re the only workers who get this treatment in Song of the South.     

Had the film’s makers put in some sort of explanation that its events took place after the Civil War and that Uncle Remus and his fellow workers were not slaves (a slave couldn’t have decided to up and leave, as he does at one point), some of the negativity might–might–have been mitigated. Regardless of when in the 19th century Song of the South is set, however, the overall impression remains one of contented and subservient blacks whose lives revolve around working for and finding favor with their white bosses. Even the movie’s title works against it; A name like “Tales of Uncle Remus” or “Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit” would have emphasized the person behind the story, but “Song of the South”  to this day conjures up demeaning and racist images and a yearning for those bygone days when minorities “knew their place,” as in Gone with the Wind.

Ah, you might say, but Gone with the Wind has been out on home video since the mid ’80s, from VHS to DVD to Blu-ray, and there’s been little complaint about its portrayal of slavery. It’s true, Gone with the Wind–and much worse movies like The Birth of a Nation–are available for purchase, but Song of the South’s case is unique because it is a Disney picture and is intended for children and families. Shouldn’t parents, you might then say, be allowed to decide for themselves if the film is appropriate for their kids to watch? That may also be true, but what sort of statement would Song of the South’s release–even with an explanatory statement tacked on before the opening or a documentary examining the film’s origins and setting–make to minority audiences?

As journalist Hollis Henry put it in a 2005 article for the Black Commentator website, “Imagine a film about an old Jewish storyteller, living contentedly in Nazi Germany. He develops a deep bond with the grandson of the owner of the munitions factory in which he works. The sun shines brightly as he strolls along singing, back to his home in the prescribed ghetto, Star of David sewn onto his coat. No mention is made of his people’s ordeal. In fact, there is no ordeal. Such a depiction would be repellant not only to Jewish people, but to most people.” From the point of view of a white male who saw the movie as a pre-teen decades ago, however, while there seemed to me to be an underlying message of racial tolerance, even at that age I could recognize the inequality that was being glossed over on the screen. And I’m certainly not going to pretend that I can fully appreciate how black viewers, especially young people, might feel insulted about it.

Song of the South was the fulfillment of a decade-long dream for Walt Disney to film the writings of Joel Chandler Harris, the illegitimate son of an Irish immigrant who abandoned the family shortly after Joel’s birth in 1845. Apprenticed at a plantation, the outcast young Harris was fascinated by stories told in the slaves’ quarters–tales linked to traditional African folklore that served as parables for coping with lives of oppression–and created the Uncle Remus character as a composite of several real people so that he could capture their experiences in book form (Uncle Remus has been compared to Ancient Greece’s Aesop, who may or may not have been real, and may have also been a slave of African descent). There were good intentions all around, it seems, but looking at the movie’s racially anachronistic tone with 21st-century eyes only draws attention to its many hurtful failings. For this reason, the folks at Disney seem to be resigned to leaving the film locked away in the vault.

Don’t feel bad for the House of Mouse, though, if Song of the South never finds its way onto home video. The studio still makes money from the film’s soundtrack, and Brer Rabbit and his animal cohorts are still seen in costume at the company’s theme parks and as the (unofficial) mascots of the popular Splash Mountain ride. Oh, and James Baskett, the man who was in essence Song of the South’s star and who would eventually be given an Oscar for his work on it? He couldn’t attend the movie’s screening or take part in any of the premiere festivities in the still-segregated city of Atlanta, because no hotel in the vicinity of the theater would give him a room. For Disney’s Uncle Remus, there was no “Laughing Place” to be had in the real-life South.

Author’s Note: Since this article was first posted on April 15, it has received a large number of comments from people, many with special memories of the film, on both sides of the Song of the South camp. While most have been respectful, some commentators have gone beyond what the editors of Movie FanFare consider to be appropriate in terms of relevancy and online decorum. We would ask people who wish to share their thoughts to please keep this in mind. Thank you.

  • Cynthia LaRochelle

    This is one of the sweetest movie memories. I have this on DVD and I still love to watch it.

  • john

    Yes, this movie is long overdue to attract new audiences, along with Porgy and Bess.

  • Rolland T

    This is where the NAACP in all their wisdom, had Disney remove the movie. One reason it made uncle Remus to happy to be a slave. Never mind the black-white story around civil war that I loved as a child. Using cartoon stories to make things work out(as told by Uncle Remus). Many children have missed a great movie by the over reaction of the NAACP.

  • mike jaral

    just one of many mistakes disney has made is not releasing Song of the South to the general is our American Heritage and has nothing to do with slaves or slavery. this took place AFTER the civil war, and one example is when uncle remus was told to stop telling his storys to the boy or he would have to leave.since when, if he was a slave would a slave be asked to leave?… the story is beautiful, and the cartoons are FOREVER a american classic. disney ought to be ashamed of itself for holding back to all generations a GREAT movie that had all intentions of being nothing but entertaining to all young and old.SHAME ON YOU DISNEY, AND MAY YOUR FROFITS PLUMIT, CAUSE I FOR ONE WILL NEVER PURCHASE ANOTHER ITEM OF YOURS.

  • Larry

    I will bet that if this wonderful movie were re-done so that Uncle Remus was white there would be complaints that would come from the community that likes to criticize everything. I saw this as a young person and thought it was delightful. I saw Uncle Remus as a nice old man who liked to tell stories to children. I wondered about tar baby. If the film were to be redone they might as well make Brer Rabbit a fuzzy white bunny instead of a dark colored one too. And Brer Bear a Polar Bear.
    These kind of arguments are tiring. They are produced by people who look for the worst interpretation they can put on a subject in order to put everything in a negative mode.

  • dave02720

    “Song of the South” is actually available on DVD, it hasn’t been officially released in the US but is available from overseas. Films like these need to be viewed in the context that they were made; For entertainment purposes, it’s not a historical documentary. If someone has an issue with a film, then don’t watch it. But don’t try and ruin it for everyone else. This reminds me of all the issues that Fox had when they were releasing the Charlie Chan films on DVD. This politically correct attitude that people have in this country is getting way out of control. I think some people just have too much time on their hands …


    where can i get a copy of song of the south. not bootlegged& not homemade. thanks billy

  • Gary Cahall

    It’s a long-held belief, Rolland, that the NAACP forced Disney to put Song of the South away under threat of boycotts. As I stated in my article, the group did take issue with the film–even as they noted its artistic merits–but there’s never been a formal threat during its 1946 release or subsequent runs. Nor, as some people claim, did Bill Cosby buy the rights to bury it. The choice has always been Disney’s.
    And Billy, that is why you cannot get a legal copy in the U.S.

  • James

    Racism is an unfortunate reality in our world. Censorship whether initiated by government or private entity is not the answer. The problem lies with certain races or ethnic groups that are overly sensitive. Have you noticed there’s not White History Month in the U.S.? Can you imagine the furor that would cause? People that have a perpetual chip on their shoulder with an axe to grind are the loudest voices behind censorship. As with any film considered a period piece it must be viewed in its historical context. To be accurate as possible in recreating those times should cause us to reflect on how we treat one another and should result in showing more respect toward people of different racial backgrounds. It has been said there is only one race, that is the human race.

  • mary lou smith

    Unce Remus had a glorious story I can not see racism in this movie, only people with a guilty concious will find something like this wrong with the film. Happiness is a state of mind and be you slave or freeman, you can be happy, so get over your sensitivity and embrace the film for the was it was meant, not to nit-pick it to death. In God’s time forgive and put your problems behind you.

  • Jimmy Mahuron

    This is one of my favorite Disney Doodles!
    Absolutely a must see DVD classic!

  • Kathleen Kelly

    I actually ordered Song of the South from TCM over a year ago and paid for it and was sent a blank….I wrote to TCM and explained and was sent another blank….after that I gave up but was never refunded my payment so where did the blanks come from ? bad business move….would expect a company as big as TCM to have better control of their movies…I am still disappointed because I remember seeing that film and have been trying for years to own it..maybe now I will have some luck



  • Sidney

    I purchased this film on a Japanese laserdisc in the 1990s, so I could show this wonderful film to my daughters. I remember seeing the film theatrically years ago. A classic film that should be seen again. It should be issued, preferably without Japanese subtitles / dubbing.

    • Woody

      I too had someone purchased the laser disc in the late 80’s in Japan and bring it to me.
      This is one of my top five favorites, and later caused me to be an All My Children fan (Ruth Warrick).
      This picture with mixed live proformance with animation was in 1946, way before Disney again did it with Mary Poppins (1964), which Disney advertised as “The First Time” animation is mixed with live performance.

  • m.rick duncan

    this movie should be relased. i saw it in the moves when i was a child i still remember it to this day.i belive the cartoon attached to this dvd as released over seas is much more offenseve then the movie. rick

  • Tina

    Yes, it should be on DVD. It is an extremely entetaining movie with many great lessons that are still good for todays times. It also show how far we have come in 150 years. Look forward to buying it!

  • Stephen H. Norris, M.D.

    I remembr Song of the South and Brer Rabbit in the tar patch with great fondness, just as I loved Heckle and Jeckle, the crows in Dumbo, Tom Sawyer, and all the adoreable Miss Minerva books. All might be considered racist now, but a world utterly bereft of them would definitely be a poorer place. I would love to own a remastered DVD of Disney’s classic, but I’m not African American.

    I wonder what African American kids would think of it now? Somehow, I doubt they’d be terribly offended by the racist implications and overtones and might even find it as charming and entertaining as I did — or maybe not. I’d like to hear what they have to say about it.

  • Gerry Wright

    I have searched for this movie for a long time. If it is available,I would like to buy it.

    Disney should release it asap.

    I think people should look at this movie from a rational perspective, I am a product of a white english family and when I was young I thought how great it would be to have an Uncle Remus in my family. I have never really outgrown that idea.

  • JIm Maenner

    Bought a copy for my daughter 2 years ago from Barnes & Noble. They have to order it, but no problem getting a copy. The story of old Uncle Remus entertaining all the kids,black and white, with his tales has been in my memory since I first saw it in the 50’s. It was redone a few years ago with current actors voices but wasn’t spoken in the same “old south” dialect. Probably too demeaning. Give me a break !! This is a true American classic & belongs in every library.

  • William Sommerwerck

    An excellent discussion of the issues surrounding this film.

    I saw “Song of the South” during its last release (1986). My reaction was that it was (at least) grossly insensitive — white people, let alone ex-slaves — don’t go around singing about what a “zip-a-dee-doo-dah” day it is.

    I’d like to see it restored (the outdoor Technicolor photography is terrible) and issued on DVD and BD — the animated sections are terrific and need to be available. But the disc would have to include extensive discussions (not a two-minute Leonard Maltin introduction) of why what was intended to be an “innocent” film appears so insensitive, even racist, today. * And the discussion would have to go a lot further than “that’s the way things were then”.

    Adults could use “Song of the South” to discuss issues of race and class with their children. It’s unlikely they would, as most people have trouble discussing anything more-complex than a grocery list. This might be good reason for keeping “Song of the South” locked in the vault.

    One other point… No one has suggested that the crows (Jim — get it? — is played by a white actor) are consciously racist caricatures. Dey be hip — and “hip” is not considered racist — though perhaps it should be.

    * According to Gabler’s biography, Disney invited the NAACP and other organizations to comment on the film /after/ it was completed. Gabler feels many problems could have been averted had they advised Disney before the film was made. The question of whether /any/ acceptable dramatic framework for the material could be devised is hard to answer.

  • connietom

    yes song of the south should be released I would love to have this movie on DVD

  • Lynn

    I saw it as a child when it first came out and believe it should be released. Like it or not, it’s the way some thought in those days and even though it’s offensive it’s true for the time. We need to show ourselves in bad light as well as good…not gloss over how horribly we treated people..and still do in some places. You can let your kids see this and explain how wrong it is and talk with them about prejudice and its horrors. Use it as a learning tool.

  • biermeister

    This is racist? Has anyone seen any of the Al Jolson movies that have been recently released by TCM? The song/scene “Going to Heaven on a mule”, the movie Big Boy where Al does the complete film in blackface? The movies are history and part of our culture. Eddie Murphy playing a elderly Jewish man, isn’t that racist? Stupid is as stupid does.

  • Sandra

    “Happiness is a state of mind and be you slave or freeman, you can be happy,”

    That anyone can even say this with a straight face is breathtakingly, STAGGERINGLY ignorant. Sure – you can be a concentration camp inmate and still be happy. You can be kidnapped victim of a serial killer and peadophile and still be happy.

    Torture and whipping and rape and daily humiliation is just so much fun.

    The astonishing lack of understanding what REAL SLAVERY meant to people who ACTUALLY lived it is disgusting to see in these comments and this article that tries to whitewash a film that peddles a totally sanitized, romanticized WHITE view of what it meant to be a slave.

    And I’m not black. You don’t need to be a black person to understand what REAL slavery meant to those who experienced it.

  • b ellen

    I have a “pirated” japanese version – still love it and you know – everybody does have a laughing place to go – ho ho ho…. should be released for all to enjoy….

  • Bill C.

    To Billy P.:

    You will not be able to find a copy of “Song of the South” at this time that is not bootlegged or homemade. However such copies are not very hard to locate.

    The film did have authorized releases by Disney Home Video in Japan and the UK in the pre-DVD era. Most of the bootlegs come from one or the other of these sources – so they can be of very good quality.

    I have a close friend who lives in England, who purchased a copy on VHS back in the day and sent it to me. I was able to convert it to NTSC (the US television standard) and then onto DVD.

    There is no question that this film should be released on home video. Uncle Remus is far and away the smartest and most honorable character in the film.

    Perhaps as downloading and burn-on-demand discs become more prevalent, Disney will finally allow this classic to reach a whole new audience.

    BTW, Br’er Rabbit and friends are hardly the “unofficial” mascots of Splash Mountain. The ride is totally based on the animated portions of “Song of the South.”

    In fact, my kids (now grown) never really understood the ride until they got to see the movie.

  • DianeMG

    YES!!!! Song of the South should be released! I would love to see this Classic again just like all the rest of the Disney movies that I own and watch on a regular basis. I love the animation and the music and all the characters in the movie! NAACP get over yourself!! You are more predujice than any Disney movie could be! As with any movie, TV show or song, you have a choice to watch or listen or NOT!!

  • Samuel Hough

    I saw the film when it came out and later saw it with my children in Florence, and I do have a DVD of it. One’s reaction is mostly shaped by one’s family. At seven I knew, because my Anglo family had impressed on me, that slavery was unfair and that whites and blacks should get along, could get along. Disney had to make a film that conformed to Gone With the Wind South, but he nudged the issue not much from our perspective, but significantly for the time.

  • Carol Marrinan

    YES, “Song of the South” is my most favorite
    Disney movie.I would like to see it on DVD.

  • Bill C.


    Perhaps you should read the article a little closer. The film takes place AFTER the Civil War. The blacks in the movie are not slaves.

    Yes, they portray a subservient attitude. However, the film also makes clear that the condescending attitude of the rich white people is wrong.

    Is it 100% politically correct by today’s standards? Most assuredly not.

    However, the Uncle Remus stories are an authentic part of black cultural history (Harris did not create the stories. He simply was setting them down in print – much like the Grimm Brothers did for European folk tales).

    Suppressing this film will not change our past history. Nor do I think that allowing people to see this movie today will foster any more racism than people watching “Gone with the Wind” or reruns of the old “Amos & Andy” television series does.

  • Sharon Gowan

    YES! Great movie. Cant see why this was ever banned. Watched Shirley Temple in “The Littlest Rebel” just a few days ago…no difference. Surprised no one has attacked that as yet. It is impossible to please all the people all of the time”. There is ALWAYS someone who will be offended by anything you say or do.

  • dios Prometheus

    Yes, this is one of the best Disney movies ever made and little Bobby Driscoll best film work should not be bury for PC reasons.

  • Doug Galloway

    A resounding YES!!! One of Disney’s great achievements. It is simply scandalous that this film has not been released on par with “Bambi” or “Dumbo.”

  • Dick Keezer

    YES! Song of the South is a delightful movie. Was when it first appeared on the big screen and I hope it will again be released.
    I would like to own a copy of it on DVD, but can’t find it anywhere.
    Also I want to purchase “Night of the Generals” w/ Peter O’Toole and “The Stunt Man” and 1967’s “TOBRUK” starring Rock Hudson. Can’t find any of these on DVD or VHS anymore.
    Dick Keezer

  • Leonard

    This film is a beautiful film. Briar Rabbit, Briar Bear and his pals is one of Disney’s best animated sequences.

    From some of the comments left and by the cover story, I get the impression that Slaves had no right to be happy in any way, shape or form. Their minds Should have been fixated on the obeyance of their so called masters (owners).

    There can never be Star Trek mentality untill all bias is gone.

    Release “Song of the South” to DVD and the public and let those people that do not like the pic, not buy it. Why does the minority of people get to over rule the majority, and I mean in numbers only.

  • Martin Stumacher

    James Baskett couldn’t be part of the screening of the film. Nobody in Atlanta(The Empire of the South) wouldn’t accomodate him because he was black. Have you ever met a happy former slave? I have not. No,this film in its way making a former slave a happy person telling happy stories isn’t worthy of release.

  • Shane013a

    This of course was never stopped by the NAACP. Disney studios, in their ultimate wisdom, chose not to release it here in the U.S. It has always been available in Europe. Yo can get DVDs of it anytime.

  • Gary

    Probably one of the most memorable of Disney films ever produced. It is a shame there are still some who casn’t put the past in retrospect and move on. I would love to share the film and the story with my adult children who have never seen it, and with my grandchildren who are taught God’s love for all mankind. It should be available… it can be purchased (pirated) in Europe.

  • Gary Vidmar

    A release of SONG OF THE SOUTH is simply a decision on behalf of the Disney Corporation; typical corporate fascism prevents any distribution in the USA (so don’t hold your breath waiting for it). If Disney could have done a guiltless hack job on SONG OF THE SOUTH like they did a couple of shots in FANTASIA, then the boardroom might give a thumbs up. Disney is generally about making money off of kids, so they are very cautious making executive decisions concerning product marketing. A lot of the garbage they put out these days is very insulting to adults, and they don’t blink an eye. Kids are better off checking out GONE WITH THE WIND instead SONG OF THE SOUTH anyway- it has a better story and the music is just as good – plus it will exercise their rapidly-declining attention spans.

  • Mike Phelan

    I had a copy and actually watched it with my black housekeeper and asked if she thought it offensive. (The scene on the screen was the two boys in front of the clock). She replied,” No!, that is just like Dr. King talked about, whites and blacks, hand in hand.” I agree with her.

  • Robert

    I saw this picture as a child and fell in love with it! The scene’s were so vividly etched in my memory, I can close my eyes today and still see them. It’s memory has been my “Happy Place” for a very long time. I hope Disney reconsiders putting it on DVD, and releases it so todays generations can feel it’s warmth and learn it’s lessons.

  • Dragonfly

    I’ve been sitting here for several minutes now looking at a blinking cursor. I don’t know how to respond to what I’ve just read.

    I’m astonished and dismayed that political correctness has reared its ugly head once again. We all know that racism exists but to label a Disney film as racist is ridiculous. I find it hard believe that Disney would intentionally produce a racist film. With all the problems this world faces we focus on a film that has brought happiness to so many.

    Should it be released on DVD? Yes it should for the very reasons that others want not to have it released. Since we have become a nation of crazy people, I can only hope for the best.

  • Dick

    This was one of the first films I remember running as a new projectionist in the late 40’s early 50’s. It should be released on DVD

  • John Quinlan

    This is one of my all-time favorites. Trickster stories are a part of many cultures and brer rabbit is a trickster. It is said a ex-slave being happy is not real. True, but neither is James Bond, Titanic and most films. It is a wonderful story.

  • jimg

    Yes. It should be released. It is actually quite innocent compared to the bad reputation others have given it. When it was rereleased in 1972, it had not been seen since the late 1950s. It was a huge hit at the box office. I thought the public had finally gotten to a point where they could handle the subject matter. After 1986, it has started all over again. It does not help anyone or improve anything to have the movie sitting on the shelf for no one to see. Wouldn’t it be nice to look back on it and see how far we have come ?

  • Paul S. Boyer

    There are copies of “Song of the South” available on DVD on the used market, but they are in European PAL format. If you have a player that will handle PAL, you can watch on your computer. If your TV accepts PAL signals, and you have such a PAL-compatable player, you are set. Macs will play the PAL DVDs directly.

    If you get the PAL version DVD, and have a PAL-compatible player, you can play the movie on your computer, and using eyeTV (for the Mac), you can then make a copy for your own use and convenience, and burn it to a DVD in NTSC format (USA and Canada). Windows has similar capabilities, but I cannot explain about that.

    There also is a LaserDisc version of “Song of the South,” bilingual Japanese/English, which is hard to find, and perhaps the most valuable collectible among old LaserDiscs. It is in NTSC format, and so will play on American LaserDisc players.

    There is no reason for bottling up this fine movie. After all, Uncle Remus is the hero! People who object to this fine, wise, lovable, polite, generous, and brave character have a real paranoia problem. I guess that many folks today think that you must show your “pride” by being violent.

  • seku

    absolutely. my favorite movie as a kid in 1945

  • Russell Waddell

    I have a copy of this movie & I watch it 2 or more times a year. I don’t know why it’s not on DVD etc.. So, lets get with it.

  • DesertClam

    Heck ya it should be released, I saw it at the dive-in when I was a kid.
    An oscar for best song. This movie is iconic history of cinema.
    it CAN be found at the euro-disney and online.

  • Willie Jameson

    It is time the people of the USA, realizes that time has passed. This is a wonderful movie and it is a shame that the people of the USA are not mature enough to appreciate the movie for the story and except it as pure entertain.

  • J. Lyon

    Of course it should be released, but it won’t be. Another wonderful, wonderful film along these lines is “The Green Pastures” from the 1930s, a vision of Bible stories told by an old black preacher to his Sunday School charges in Louisiana. Utterly charming, based on an earlier Broadway production.

  • Bob L.

    This great movie is long overdue for re-release in the U.S.!
    I had looked for a copy that would play on U.S. video for a couple of years with no luck and had to get a PAL version and player so my Grandchildren could see it.

    It’s a shame, some of the so-called “entertainment” Disney studios releases these days compared to that of years past. I don’t think Walt would approve of what management has done with his namesake.

  • Donald Gregory

    This was one of Disney’s best movies, and I have been trying for years to find a good copy. It most certainly deserves full restoration and re-release. It is a true classic, and Uncle Remus still has a lot we all can learn from…Love.. for one thing.

  • david newhart

    I remembered this movie in my childhood
    I wpuld be delighted to buy it and see it again on dvd

  • Sandra

    Notice that the film’s defenders are all white of course.

    And let’s have the same romanticized sanitized view of living in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. Gas chambers are great.

  • Sandra

    “the naacp has about as much credibility as the KKK. ”

    Yeah right – the NAACP spent decades burning crosses on people’s lawns and lynching thousands of white people. Guess I missed that chapter in school.

    The comments on this thread are unbelievable.

  • Terry

    People always are looking for something to point a finger at. This was a beautifully done movie, with the best of all races doing what comes naturally, living life. We take too much stock into the background ultra-meaning hidden behind each story, and we don’t let the story itself stand on it’s own merits. We need to quit trying to find fault in everything that’s done. It has trickled down to our children, who make fun and ridicule their peers by bullying about the slightest difference. “Song Of The South” is a beautiful musical done in live/animated film. It is a treasure for it’s talented actors, great music and colorful animation, not to mention the tales of morality for all of us to learn from. I hope I will be able to purchase it on DVD in the future for my collection of good viewing fare.

  • Judy

    My reply….GET OVER IT! Just have a fun time watching a FUN movie.

  • Christopher Riordan

    YES, YES, YES……!

  • Tommy T

    The film itself is a piece of American history and should be released and not just enjoyed but celebrated. Yes it will offend some people–the people who are insecure about who they are already. Frankly I’m getting tired of worrying about offending people who find everything offensive. To those people I say “Do what you need to to build up dignity in yourself and stop trying to pull everyone else down to your level.”

  • Julius Wells

    Song of the South, Song of the North, Song of the East, and Song of the West. No Cussing, No Sex, No Nudity, No Violence. “My Oh My, What A Wonderful Day. “With Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder, plenty of Sunshine heading my way. (Back off NAAACP)

  • Margaret

    I think it should be released, and have for years. I first saw this movie as a teen in the mid 50’s and loved it. Unfortunately slavery and raceism is a part of the past of this country and many others. It is a past we can not dismiss by pretending that it didn’t happen, we can only go on from here.

  • Franny

    I would love to have this movie on DVD…it is one
    of my favorites from childhood and love all the
    characters…especially Uncle Remus…how content
    he was living his life without selfishness…a
    lesson for today!

  • G. Darrell Russell, Jr.

    Absolutely should be released on DVD. To those who find it offensive I say “get a life.” This is a wonderful movie. Uncle Remus is portrayed as a man of virtue and character.

  • Ann

    Most definately. Great movie, not just for kids, but for everyone.

  • Einie

    I’m sorry, but the stories of Uncle Remus are as much a part of American folklore and literature as Mark Twain’s Huck & Tom. They call to period of time that is no more – but whose VALUES – because everyone of Uncle Remus’ tales had a moral & a lesson to be learned – are as reverent today, as they were then. Additionally, if you were to study the life of the writer, Joel Chandler Harris, you would find that, despite his own illegitimate birth & abandonment, found hope & pleasure growing up & hearing the stories told by the slaves on the plantation, where his mother worked as a seamtress. Thank God he wrote these narrative down, or they might have been completely lost! This is 21st century PC taken to outragous heights! Historical revisionist CAN NOT change what ACTUALLY happened in the past…But, in the case of Uncle Remus, should CELEBRATE the spirit of endurance of the black slaves stories – To suffer the pains of enslavement and still teach love & laugher through their African folklores! What a wonderful gifts these peoples gave all of us! Thank you Uncle Remus. Thank you JC Harris. And thank you Walt Disney for the movie & the songs!!

  • Jim

    Yep, restore it and put it out on Blu-ray.

    If I remember correctly, the NAACP got CBS to drop the television version of Amos & Andy and put some of the most talented African-American actors out of mainstream work permanently.

    Also think the Italian community got CBS to drop Life with Luigi around the same time period.

    But don’t remember CBS being bombarded by Appalachian types to drop the Beverly Hillbillies which depicted them as not particularly bright people.

  • Linda

    It’s on DVD if you look hard enough. I purchased mine at the San Diego County Fair a couple years ago. Printed overseas, but great quality.

  • Joseph Imhoff

    Through the eyes of a child. The film and I are only a few months apart in age. It was the first Disney movie that I saw in a rerelease around 1952 or so. Children have no prejudices, I thought Uncle Remus was wonderful! It’s the adults who harbor the prejudice and pass it along, ‘South Pacific’: “You have to be carefully taught!”. Stereotypes and caricatures are a convenient way to continue the prejudices, Sandra has been carefully taught! Let’s see ‘Song of the South’ and let us decide what lessons can be learned and taught from its viewing!

  • Bill

    For years I’ve read about the controversy surrounding this film. I finally saw it a few years ago as a VHS tape transferred from a 16mm print. The print was fair to poor quality for 16mm and the transfer was poor but watchable. I didn’t find this film any more or less objectionable than, say, GONE WITH THE WIND. It’s very entertaining with good performances and good animated sequences. I understand the reluctance of the Disney Company to put this film back in circulation as a DVD. However, I see it, at the very least, as a springboard to discuss America’s racial prejudices with younger generations. Any film should be viewed keeping the prevailing sentiments of it’s time in mind. I would love to see a good quality transfer of this film on DVD/Blu-Ray.

  • Colonel G

    Political correctness is FASCISM! It has no place in a free country. Put the movie on DVD and let Americans decide for themselves if they want to watch it. As for you self-proclaimed guardians of public morality, consider moving to Cuba, China or Iran.

  • clemato

    It is a shame, I LOVE this film. It’s wonderful, James Baskett does such a lovely job in his performance. Why should his talent go unseen for so long? When I see “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and see Mickey Rooney insult every man from Asia, that is socially acceptable? But why do we ban this film when a lovely man gave such dignity to his performance and skill, playing a lead role in a film, when black actors could barely get any acting roles in that time? I think it’s staggeringly sad that this film is not made available.

    Oh, but we are all able to get a formerly banned edition of “Titanic” from Germany that was pro-Nazi on DVD. Makes complete sense.

    NOT !!!

  • ham

    this is beyond ridiculous. i have not seen song of the south simply because i never got around to finding it on DVD, but i grew up with disney and singing zip-a-dee-do-dah and have always wanted to see it. i never would have imagined that the reason it hasn’t been relaesed on DVD is because of something as stupid as this. for all of you people who didn’t go to school here’s a little history lesson for you: not all slaves were for liberation. many of them could have left thier masters after the war but chose to stay. this is a fact, look it up. to say this movie is bad because it portrays a black man in the post civil war south as happy is ridiculous. why wouldn’t he be happy? weren’t all the blacks happy after the war?

  • Marilyn

    So much ado about a movie that was loved by adults and children in the 50s. It was part of the reason why my best friends at school were of a different race, including black,and during the 60s I was subjected to some harsh criticism for having very dear black friends and co-workers, whom I spent time with after working hours. Their children were afraid of my white children who showed an honest curiosity in them. We all learned something about the importance of acceptance for who we are. Gone With the Wind is a 30s movie and so many, many more movies and television shows over the years depicting this part of history. Why just this one film, I have to ask? Children watch Dumbo and other Disney films that are delightful without treating the black community inhumanely. Only a racist, black or white, treats another abusively and “Roots” helped reveal a lot of that. If we want to make children be suspicious of the white community and harbor ill-feelings toward them then it is possible without attacking a children’s movie that makes the negro man a wise sage and hero to the white children, for pete’s sake. Many shows depict other races being subjected to mistreatment, but some people would not learn from these mistakes if they had not seen it in movies, theater or television. Enjoy the true lessons of the film and the fun animation just like other films and take the knowledge to a new level in this present generation by avoiding a type of “book burning”. Release the film. Obviously, it will be a tremendous money-maker, as well.

  • Heidi

    This sounds like a delightful, heartwarming movie and I hope to see it one day. As for the characters, I understand this was post civil war. For people to be happy in an adverse environment is not only possible it is a triumph of the human spirit. We only have one life and viewing that life in a state of constant, abject misery is a waste of our brief time in this world. It sounds as though this movie has a positive message about making the most of what we have. I am sorry that the arbiters of political rectitude cannot see this, because they are always busy looking for the negative.

  • Victor F

    All the Disney productions were 1st class ! We are all fortunate to have so many different movies to choose from , one of my favorites I cannot beleive has never been released , starred Robert Ryan ” Inferno “, I hope to watch that on DVD one day also.

  • Marilyn

    I have even written Disney about releasing this movie!!!! I remember it so well from my child hood and can’t wait to see it again and for my grandchildren to see it too!!!!
    It is long overdue!!!!!!!

  • Vann F Davis

    I did purchase a very poor copy of song of the south from over seas because it is very popular and legel there. It was copied from a DVD for a different kind of player than the ones we have here and copied on to a dvd that works here. As I said,it was very poor. I am a disabled veteran and probably will not live to see it in it’s beautiful form but I have told my children about it and my grandchildren and I hope it is release soon enough for them to see it.

  • jeanine

    That “happy place” is a way to explain coping mechanism to children. I’m older and in pain. If I didn’t find my “happy place” I wouldn’t want to live. Slaves had to have a coping mechanism. For some it was singing songs of escape that the slave owners were too dumb to understand.
    I remember in the 50’s and sixties when being a black males in the south was an invitation for hanging. Helping them vote could get you beaten to death. People were touchy about the movie, but I was raised with Uncle Remus as a story teller. Story telling is a great and ancient art. My sister had the book, Little Brown Koko. To me he was a fun kid I would have liked to have for a friend. Amos and Andy were very stereotypical. I have a problem with Al Jolson and the black face scene in Holiday Inn. Song of the South is not black face. A kindly older man takes unhappy youngsters under his loving wing. Does it really matter what the skin color is? Isn’t it kind od racist to be?

  • Gloria Briganti

    Yes, Song of the South should be printed. I’m tired of all this being politically correct business. Yes it should be show as well as Birth of a Nation. there are many excellent films concerning all different nationalities, Jewish, Italians, germans, Japanese, etc, etc. Are they to be suppressed because of political correctness?? Get with it, print it!

  • Roland Tonn

    This is one of my all-time favorites. Great story about getting along with all people. It should certainly be released on DVD. And Brer Bear, Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox are some of the best animated characters ever created!

  • Bill A.

    I think we should get away from the race issue and look at this movie as A MOVIE.The characters, the plot of the movie and how well the actors portrayed their roles is how I judge a movie not the race of the movie. I saw this when I was a kid at the show. It was then as it is today A GREAT MOVIE. Love that song. Just one more thing to say…..
    Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
    My, oh my, what a wonderful day
    Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way
    Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

  • Ronald Kelley

    I think Song of the South should be restored and put out on Blu-ray. It needs to be in the Disney Catalogue as much as Snow White and the Rest of the Classics.
    The Sword and the Rose should also be released on DVD it came out on laser but not on DVD.

  • LF Keenan

    This is a very sweet film. Uncle Remus helps this little boy deal with his parents separation by telling him stories that make a big impression on the boy, and actually anyone who watches the film. I bought a DVD from another country and my grandkids loved it, just as I did when I was young.


    Please relese it.Good movie.
    Note My favorite song from the film is Sooner Or later.

  • Denise

    YES, Song of the South should be on dvd, it is a great movie and it is in a way part of history

  • David Anttila

    Yes, it should be on DVD. I enjoyed the movie when I was young and I would like my great-grandchildren to see it. They are 5, 3, and 1.

  • Susi

    This is a wonderful movie, for the time it was made it unites all, warm, loving laughter. I paid well over $100 to buy this from someone in Europe and then paid again to have it coverted to VHS. I would love to have this is a clean remasterd DVD.

  • Steve


    You are a voice in the wilderness on this thread. Thanks for saying what needed to be said.

    The ignorance and cavalier reaction on this thread to a systematic oppression of people based on their skin color is staggering. If people praising this film can’t be the slightest bit empathetic to why black Americans feel this way, may I recommend that they head to the nearest Leni Riefenstahl retrospective, since they can surely find something to admire in her work as well.

  • Fred

    While “Song of the South” may be considered a sweet and enjoyable film by many people, I can understand how Blacks could be offended by it — after all, the story takes place at a time when Blacks were officially second-class citizens, and they were still being treated as such when the film was released. The fact that Mr Baskett, an award-winning actor, couldn’t attend the premiere because he couldn’t rent a hotel room is very disturbing. Racism was acceptable then, and it still is in some places: a friend of mine visited family in Georgia just a couple of years ago and was refused service in an ice cream shop — they actually told her to her face that they didn’t serve “n——” there! The Civil War has been over almost 150 years and things like this still happen, so I can well understand how “Song of the South” can be a source of irritation to our Black friends.

  • Julie

    I LOVED it as a child and would really like Disney to release it so I can buy a copy and show to my grandchildren and I would love to see it again. Come on Disney and open the old vault for us.

  • Patty

    I would buy this movie in a heart beat!I cannot tell you how many times this movie has been brought up in conversation between my sisters and myself.We all love it. As for the racial inequity in the film and how it has offended people of color,all that I can say is that in my eyes,it makes the offenders look stupid and mean.They are not portrayed in a good light.They are not the heros,Uncle Remus is.He should be shared with a new generation.

  • Moz Ellington

    Bring it out to the DVD audience! It’s a nice movie all around. Tyler Perry’s film offerings are far more offensive to the black culture as well as some of Martin Lawrence’s “comedies”.

  • Marvin Moon

    Ah, censorship in America. Of course it should be released on DVD. I saw this innocuous little film as a child and NEVER did I perceive it as a statement about slavery. Nor did it convey any perception to me that Uncle Remus was a slave. James Baskett (Uncle Remus) was a delightful, lovable old man who told delightful, lovable stories–.

  • Ken Strawn

    If BIRTH OF A NATION can be available, why not SONG OF THE SOUTH.

  • Deborah

    I have Song of the South and last year I watched it with my 8 year old grandson. He loved it and watches is frequently. He sees it as a kind elderly man trying to help a young and confused boy make the right decisions in his young life. Just as I try to help my grandson make the right decisions in his life. This is a beautiful film and I think it is a shame that there are still people in his world who would continue to keep us from making our own decisions in life. I remember this film lovingly from my childhood and I hope that many more children will be able to see and enjoy this touching film about friendship.

  • Gord Jackson

    For whatever reason, I didn’t see “Song of the South” when it was first released in 1946. And in 1952, I only saw the trailer. I finally caught up with it in 1972 and was sorry I hadn’t seen it earlier. Delightful is the word I would use to describe it. However, (a) I do not think of it as ‘just a children’s movie’ but as film fare for all and (b) the animated discussions about it (pun intended) only solidify my belief that the movies are not just ‘pure entertainment’, but a vehicle out of which serious discussion can arise, as “Song of the South” with its wide variety of lessons is proving.

    As for Sandra and her over-the-top outbursts, I guess she was terribly (irrevocably?) insulted by the notion of dad making a game of concentration camp life in “A Beautiful Life”. Maybe that one should have been banned from DVD as well – NOT!

    All of that said, I do think we need to be cautious when invoking ‘the majority rules or should have-its-way’ arguement as some have suggested, because majorities are not always right. They can also only reflect their times or the emotions of the moment, ie, that quaint custom of the old west called ‘lynching’. (For any who wonder what I am talking about, just check out “The Ox Box Incident.”)

    Absolutely, “Song of the South” should be restored and made available on DVD and Blue Ray. It’s assets far outweight its negatives.

  • Marcy Caruthers

    This is one of the best movies Disney has done. It is a shame that it is locked away. It definitely should be released. I would love for my kids to see it.

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  • Charles Clay

    Absoluty. It’s a beautiful film classic. Why deprive the public from vewing this magnificant film. To deprive them of this denies them of past history. Doesn’t the denial violate one of the rights of the people, Freedom of Speech or the press?

  • Jo Tucker

    Yes, the movie should be released.

  • Mike Oldfield

    Should this film be released on DVD? Absolutely!
    Uncle Remus is a totally loveable character. What child would not want to sit and listen to his wonderful stories? The old man becomes a friend and hero to young Bobby Driscoll who is almost killed by a bull as he tries to stop Uncle Remus from leaving. Would any child watch this film and come away with negative feelings towards black people? Of course not. This film has no racial message.

  • Barry Saltzman

    I say release this movie. We can handle it. It’s ridiculous that it hasn’t been.

  • Kai Ferano

    Political correctness rears its ugly head by making this wonderful vintage movie unavailable from the general population. I purchased it through the mail about 3 years ago. When Uncle Rhemus appeared on the screen, singing his signature song, tears swelled up in my eyes, as I remembered this gentle man when I first the movie as a child. Definitely it should be put on DVD and made available to anyone who wants it.

  • Watt Hyer

    I saw the film several times growing up in Virginia and on its final release in the early seventies. Its always been one of my favorites and I looked for it for decades on some form of video. I finally got a dvd of it a few years ago, right after making some arrangements with a friend who was going to Japan. It came up on a pop-up ad while I was reading an on line article in the New York Times! The disc is of excellent quality. So, it IS available, and no need to pay exorbitant prices.

  • Harry J Smith

    yes please release this movie on DVD format it is probably 1 of the all time best Walt Disney Classics ever made and it would be a sin to not have it out.

  • W. J. Dimmick

    Please put this wonderful Movie out to the public so all may be enchanted.

  • Greg O’Rear

    Yes, release it uncut and restored. If they don’t want kids to see it, give it an NC-17 rating for content.

  • Sheryl Kilby

    This is one of the greatest movies and reasons depicting the lack of of racism and people (the main characters) accepting each other as people… The older man and children show what could have occured years ago concerning race relations. Just accept each other and get over the “color” of our skin.

  • Bob

    I own the film, and watch it often. It seems to me, if the NAACP really cares about how history is told, they might step up and question how blacks are being portrayed in present film making. Todays films will portray them as thugs, prostitutes, predators and degenerates. These are NOT my black friends, in any way.
    I love Uncle Remus, and have, since a very young boy. The lessons I learned from him have stayed with me my entire life. I saw, and see him as a somewhat Jesus character, telling us all to love each other, no matter the color, and to help each other through this life. Not a bad lesson to have learned, to help me through the 60’s and 70’s, when I was pushed back with water hoses, and carry a scar to this day, where I was bitten by one of their german shepards.
    Thank you Walt, and thank you Uncle Remus! You are a good and Godly man, and that counts most.

  • Marsha Eunice

    One of my best remembered films as a child in the 40’s…just release the film and let the chips fall where they may! It’s charming, not racially motivated!

  • Jim

    SONG OF THE SOUTH is wa-a-a-y overdue for recognition and DVD release, after being too-long and too-much maligned by the loud and ignorant. Once and for all, PLEASE, people, let’s get one thing straight: It is NOT about slaves or slavery. Any fool can see from a simple glance at the women’s dresses that it takes place years after the Civil War (probably about 1890) — not to mention the fact that at the climax of the movie Uncle Remus is shown going away voluntarily (as opposed to being sold).

    Granted, the picture can be accused of glossing over the plight of black sharecroppers in the postwar South, but what is that to its warmth, humor and sweet, honest wisdom? Or the fact that James Baskett’s Uncle Remus is obviously the wisest and most sensitive character in the whole story? Whatever pressures kept Baskett from getting an Oscar nomination, it is to Academy president Jean Hersholt’s credit that he threatened to resign in public protest if Baskett wasn’t given a (richly deserved) special award.

  • Judy Gallo

    This is one of my favorite childhood memories. I would love to see it come back!

  • Richard Finn

    It is amazing that this wonderful film has not been released in the US, but you can apparently buy it almost anywhere else in the world. The Disney Studio Board members apparently don’t mind insulting Blacks in all other countries of the world, they just don’t want to offend American Blacks. I saw this when I was 8 and loved every minute. In 1972 it showed at a local drive-in, and we took my son to it. Every time we drove past that drive-in my son wanted us to go in and see the film again, even though it was no longer playing. It is time that this charming and fun film be released to all Americans regardless of their race. I strongly suspect that the majority of Blacks will find the film as enjoyable as any one else. Yes, bad things have happened to Blacks in the US, and we should never forget the injustice, nor the struggle to end that injustice. And the struggle continues even today. But believe me, the movie “The Song of the South” was never part of that injustice.

  • alisa

    If this get’s published. I will first time in my life, File a Lawsuit!

    There is no excuse for this! NONE!

  • Donna S.

    Yes, Song of the South is another of Disney’s classics. It is part of our history both as a nation and on a lesser scale, it is a part of our childhood history. (at least those of us over 30). We don’t become racist over a movie. We become racist due to closed minds and hearts. My mother found an old vhs copy and it is fair. I would love to obtain a Disney released DVD of Song of the South!

  • tim

    release song of the south it’s a great movie i also remember seeing it as a child, i’m white but have many black friends and we all loved uncle remus and watching song of the south. sandra i don’t believe you have ever seen the movie to type the things you are saying you need uncle remus in your life and you would know better. disney please release this classic here in the u.s.a.

  • Ekim Sirref

    Should ‘Huckleberry Finn’ be published in book form?

  • Wayne J Smith

    When i was growing up as a kid we ALWAYS watched what ever was broadcast by Disney..
    I grew to LOVE and enjoy EVERY topic that was show… YES BRing it To DVD

  • tim

    alisa, not sure what your filing a lawsuit for your comment or the movie. if it’s the movie i don’t believe you have seen it either.

  • Carrol

    Absolutely! I have a vhs copy and I love it. Saw it when I was a child and have shown it to my grandchildren and they love it too

  • Tom S

    It’s wonderful, and should be released on DVD. For those of you who have never seen it, most of it can be seen on YouTube, except for the last little portion which has been removed. It is ridiculous that the “politically correct” garbage has kept such a great work under-wraps.

  • Mary Lyons

    I loved this movie when I was a kid. I thought Uncle Remus was the neatest guy in the world. I can still sing the songs. I wish my Grandkids had seen it when they were young.

  • Scott foster

    Yes please Mr. Disney. I have not seen the film since perhaps 1948 and have fond memories of the characters; would like to better understand all of the fuss. Great art reflects society at a certain time and place and I believe that most adults can understand this. No doubt children will understand the beauty of the personal relationships and love the classic cartoon characters and stories just as I did over 60 years ago.

  • van

    Over the years I’ve had countless African American friends of mine lament this film not being available – they love the movie! Uncle Remus is a part of African and Southern folktales and myth; only the most clueless person on earth would equate it with racism. Of course copies are obtainable from other countries, but it would be great to re-release this for EVERYONE’S enjoyment!

  • Barry Monush

    The so-called “racist” label that has been unjustly slapped upon this film is nothing more than the usual, heavy handed, modern-day misconception of what constitutes racism. Having seen this movie in theaters twice over the years I remember it being a nicely done story about the friendship between a white boy and an older black man. They even grasp each others hands at the end – is this racism? Do you realize how rare it was for whites and blacks to make physical contact back then? Since Disney is the most spineless and pandering of studios – rather than dispute the claims of a few deluded people and put the film out, they’ve caved into pressure, there by giving the movie a further “racist” taint. This is all nonsense. Every film should be seen, whatever about it doesn’t rub us the right way now with our phony pretense of political correctness.

  • david bittner

    i got a copy of it from a friend, who had it on lazer disk. from japan. all songs are subtitled in Japanese. and i watch it a couple of times a year. my 3 childern were raised on the story books of bare rabbit.

  • danny

    An unpleasant episode in American history should not be ignored. Do you think films supporting the nazi cause should be suppressed? We should be aware of our history so that we can take steps to ensure it never happens again. Suppressing historical documents, which is what this film is, leads us to repeat our mistakes.

    That said, this was one of the most memorable films I saw as a child. At the time, it was sweet and innocent. It wasnt until I grew up and it was pointed out to me that I saw racist overtones. Children dont notice.

  • Gary Cahall

    I’d like to take a moment from the main discussion to answer two writers’ searching for other titles. Dick Keezer, the Peter O’Toole films you’re looking for, Night of the Generals and The Stunt Man, are available for purchase on DVD from (click on and for more information). Your third film, Tobruk has yet to be released on DVD. And Victor F., sorry to say that the 1953 Fox thriller Inferno, with Robert Ryan and Rhonda Fleming, has never been available on home video.

  • danny

    Not incidentally, the NAACP has never been responsible for the film being withdrawn from circulation. It was a corporate decision by the Disney corporation, acutely aware of it’s position in family entertainment. The NAACP has never had an official position on the film. Blaming the NAACP for it’s suppression is simply furthering racism.

  • Joy Dhar

    I have been waiting and waiting for the release of “Song of the South” on DVD. I think about how nice it would be for my grandchild to see this extremely entertaining movie! I am very sorry my children missed this movie, but we all know the words to the songs!


    OK, folks. Number one, this is a MOVIE. FANTASY. A MOVIE. FANTASY. 99.9 percent of mentally sound folks, of all ages, see only a kindly and wonderful old man. If that other one percent of folks see nothing other than the man’s skin color, then they have serious problems.


    CORRECTION: ……If that other one tenth of a percent of folks……

  • Ellen Urie

    Yes, I believe “The Song of the South” should be released on DVD!! I mentioned it once in a comment before. I still remember it from my childhood. It was a wonderful story. The music was fabulous. I do not see where it needed to be banned at all. I hope they listen to the people & release it.

  • June

    There are many other “classic” movies I would rather be produced in DVD format than this title.

  • Jo

    It is a shame that one of the most entertaining and beloved movies has not been released. After all, what really matters is the history you don’t know. But this is not meant to be a history lesson. It is full of good stories and happy people. Disney ought to realize what a gem they are withholding.

  • dan smithingell

    are family has been waiting for this dvd to be released for a long time a lot of memories behind this show please keep me informed

  • Cindy

    Oh, I would love to see this released. It seems we prefer “tolerance” only when it is politically correct. When themes exist that have the potential of bringing more dialogue into the marketplace of ideas, we need to discuss them and their effects instead of pretending they don’t exist. Some critical thinking is needed perhaps?

  • Robert J Alexander

    I would love to own a copy of Song of the South. I think it’s time for Disney to release Song of the South on DVD in honor of 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

  • John Henry Lee

    Song of the South should have been out on home video long ago. I do not see anything racist in this movie. It is family oriented and good for all ages.

  • Annette H.

    I, too, have warm memories of the movie — especially the songs. As a teacher, I am to present literature from the categories of genres. Folk tales are favorites as we study the genre as manifested in different cultures. As John Q. stated, the trickster motif is rather universal. What a disservice to the African culture that spun these stories if they were to be stifled in the most popular medium–film!

  • Bonnie Baskin

    Yes, This was a wonderful movie with wonderful songs. I loved it as a kid and my children loved it. I cannot fathom why it has taken so long to bring this wonderful movie to the children of today. Everyone knows all the songs. It would be so great fo my grandchildren to enjoy this wonderful movie

  • roger

    yes–one of the classic films Mr Baskette won an ACADEMY AWARD as Uncle Remus it was an Honorary for a performace in a childrens film,,release it back in the theater I have seen it several times—please release it on dvd blu ray

  • Richard B

    “Song of the SOuth” is definately a Disney classic that is long overdue for release. It’s a film that today’s childen will love.

  • Chris K

    It was one of the best movies I saw when I was a child. Forget this politically correct “stuff”. It’s only a movies for gosh sakes.

  • Chris

    “We’re off to hunt the Injuns” was left in Peter Pan in every one of it’s re-releases with no “should we” questions being asked. Why does the company/NAACP feel we wouldn’t be able to deal with this movie. What are they trying to hide from people. As a child this was the first movie I went to see and was especially pleased to see Uncle Reamus, it made me wish he was my uncle. Europe has had this movie released and the world didn’t end. Do they really believe Americans can’t handle issues/movies from the past? This is far less offensive to any race than many of today’s movies.

  • Claude Sandeaux

    I saw Song of the South in Morocco when i was a little boy. A beautiful classic movie mixing cartoons and actors.I am waiting to see the DVD.

  • Paul

    I was really lucky to be able to see the outstanding and loving movie when I was a child. I
    can honestly say that people that have not seen this movie have nissed out on a truely wonderful
    movie. I would purchase a copy on DVD in a heartbeat

  • Paul Sprenger

    It is a definite real shame that this wonderful movie has yet never been allowed to be released to the general public in any video format,after its theater screenings ended in this country several years ago. Pretty much a whole generation of young children and adults alike were denied the opportunity to see such a wonderful warm story, as “Song of the South”. Too much time has already been lost,discussing this topic. Its time to move ahead and release this great film classic and wonderful story onto DVD,so those who wish to have it,can choose to do so.

  • Jim

    Sandra, Steve, Fred:

    You seem to miss the point. Everyone understands the objections to SONG OF THE SOUTH, just as everyone understands (and now deplores) the racism that kept James Baskett from attending the Atlanta premiere. But to see any evidence of that racism in the movie is ignorant nonsense. It isn’t there. Period. To compare SONG OF THE SOUTH to the works of Leni Riefenstahl is insulting; shame on you.

  • Sue Reimer

    I have longed for this movie to be release. I have tried my best to tell the movie in story form to my children. They even sing Zippidy Do Dah Zippidy Ay, my oh my what a wonderful day. Plenty of sunshine headin my way, Zippidy do Dah , Zippidy Ay! Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder, it is the truth, it’s factual, everything is satisfactual. It is a shame that this firm has so much wonderful memories for all of us, yet the darkness of a few have blinded the eyes of so many. Walt Disney was actually a Godly man, but his family he left to take care of his legacy has tarnished it and made it about themselves. I will continue to pray for those in charge of Disney productions. Yes they have had some wonderful films since Song of the South, but I believe it was their best film, and yet they choose to keep away because of one group thinking it’s about them!

  • Bill C.

    Jim, thank you for your thoughtful post.

    Of course the problems of race in post-Civil War America and even 1940’s America were real and deplorable. But censoring or suppressing this film is also wrong.

    Just last year, a black journalist posted an article online vigorous defending “Song of the South” and championing its release.

    His viewpoint was that the film faithfully represented authentic black folk tales that are a rich part of black cultural history.

    He also felt that a wider audience should see James Baskett’s masterful performance. It was extremely rare at that time for a black man to have a lead in a mainstream, high profile Hollywood movie.

    As I and others have pointed out, Baskett’s character is the hero of the film, portraying wisdom, love, and tolerance.

    There are far, far worse things readily available on DVD: Fred Astaire’s embarrassing blackface number in “Holiday Inn,” the entire Busby Berkeley “Going to Heaven on a Mule” number in “Wonder Bar,” and so many more.

    Yes, Leni Riefenstahl’s considerable talents were used in the service of evil (for those who don’t know, she directed pro-Nazi documentaries in Germany). I deplore the political sentiment behind those films. But they should not be censored. In fact, Steven Speilberg studied them and used them as an inspiration when making “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

    We live in a society that values freedom of speech, freedom of information and freedom of expression. Allowing those things only for people/artists who agree with our political or social viewpoints is not really freedom at all.

    As stated earlier, continuing to suppress this film will not right those centuries of wrong nor will it posthumously get James Baskett a hotel room in 1940’s Atlanta.

    But releasing “Song of the South” would allow us to appreciate and applaud one of the great cinematic performances by a black actor in the first half of the 20th Century.

  • jeanine

    I guess I don’t understand why so many are blaming the NAACP. It isn’t their decision. They can have feelings about the release as do the rest of us. They are not to blame for the decision. The decision is up to Disney studios.

  • Polly Davidson

    I have watched this film many many times and also my children. It is a wonderful film with warm characters. It has been hidden far too long. It is much better than some of the other stuff that has been released and probably better than some that will be. Wonderful stories told by Uncle Remus. Yes, Yes, Yes it should be released. When I bought my copy, I paid dearly for it and would not trade it for anything.

  • Jon DeCles

    In the segregated days of my youth I saw Song of the South. Uncle Remus was, really, the first African American person I ever met. Pretty soon I was playing with the kids who moved in next door, and never thought anything about their race: they were the kids next door. My grandparents were at first mildly concerned: but they had seen the film too, and the racial models with which they had grown up vanished pretty quickly. The key here is that you have to actually meet people before the prejudices can dissolve. To that purpose, the film, with all its flaws, served to help combat racism. And frankly, most of the characters vanished from my memory, while the wonderful face and voice and performance of James Baskett remain clearly etched in my memory, even though I have not seen the film since its release. So, yes, it should be released on DVD, and I would buy it. Mr. Baskett’s performance should always be remembered.

  • Gary Cahall

    Readers, this article was taken down for a brief time so that we could add a few lines at the end regarding inappropriate comments. We appreciate your views, pro and con, on Song of the South and your memories of the film, but we respectfully ask that comments not veer too far into other topics.
    On that note, may I re-state that the NAACP did NOT force Disney to put Song of the South away under threat of boycotts. The group took issue with the film–even while noting its artistic merits–but there was never any negative action during its 1946 release or subsequent runs. The business decision not to release it on home video has always been Disney’s.

  • Dave Manning

    Release the damn film with a clear description of the time period as well as a clear statement of what the NAACP said about it and let viewers judge for themselves.Any type of repression of this type is dangerously close to censorship. Most Americans aren’t stupid and can reach their own conclusions about a movie

  • James “Sparky” Rucker

    As an African American folk singer and storyteller I feel that it should be re-released. Br’er Rabbit and his wisdom saw us through the horror of slavery and his message is still important for today’s generations.

  • Beth Sanko

    Yes, this movie should definitely be released on DVD. It is one of my childhood favorites and I would love to own it. Everyone needs a ‘laughing place’.

  • Gwen Fordyce

    Yes, Song of The South should be on DVD. I have loved the show since I was a young girl. I would stand in a lineup around the block to get a copy.

  • Jean Noah

    Here is my suggestion: Disney announces a one-time only release (Blue ray& regular disc in one package for a limited release. The film can only be purchased at a Disney store (by pre-order only and Disney’s website. This makes the movie available to those who really want it without splashing it around to offend those who don’t.

  • Bryan

    I regret having never seen the movie “Song of the South”, but I have read, and still have a copy of ” The Tales of Uncle Remus”. The stories of wonderful! If the movie is anything like the stories I have read from the book, PLEASE release it! I heard about it when I was a kid but never had the chance to see it, this would give me a chance to.

  • Katherine

    The Song of the South should definitely be released.I grew up knowing someone who was a lot like Uncle Remus. He was kind and very wise. He had a wonderful way of expressing himself much like Uncle Remus.
    Bassett is a credit to the human race and should not be left on a back shelf at Disney.
    I saw the movie as a little girl and it has always reflected the love that exists between the black & white relationships that I have been blessed with having. By all means release the movie on DVD.

  • Salvatore R LaRosa

    It’s folklore not racism. Release it and while your at it release Amos and Andy too! I’m Italian. You won’t stop releaseing the Godfather or any of the other anti-italian films. I’m not offended. I’m not proud of this part of my heritage but its there. Political Correct idiots should move to a deserted island.

  • Terry

    I loved the film as a child. The songs are wonderful. The story is part of America’s culture whether it be good or bad. Children today need to see it. It should be released in theatres too.

  • Henry

    I see NO reason NOT to release it. If companies can release horror, foul language and nudity, this should be a shoo in.

  • Julie

    This is a wonderful movie, my family loves it. I was able to get a DVD copy which is not the greatest quality but shows the movie well. It is a shame that the opinions of a few uneducated people have stopped a mass marketing of this move. It is part of history, just like slavery was and should be available to all who want to see it.

  • Ted

    Great marketing ploy. Now that you have gotten everyone stirred up it is time to release a new uncut version on DVD. “Before it goes back in the vault for ever”. Where have I heard that before. Enough with the drama already you have developed your customer base just release it. Then like my Mother would say, “Sit down, shut up and watch the movie”.

  • ed

    the movie, the characters, the song (zip-a-dee-doo-dah) is a classic and an important part of sooooo many childhoods–definitely make it available

  • Tim Whitmore

    I have a not too sharp copy which I watch a couple times a year. I would love to have a clear, remastered copy of this delightful movie. I cannot be very concerned about the “correctness/sensitivity” issues in view of some current Hollywood offerings.

  • larrycop

    I am at a loss for words to understand the thinking that the movie displayed the Negro in a degrading way. It showed them as caring for family and principle and indicative of the times they lived in. I am half Native American (Apache) and have seen hundreds of movies where the Indians were always the savages and the white man was the good guy. These are movies that were made to sell and in no way a true representation of the Native American. I saw no degrading of the Negro in what I watched. It was a great family movie that should be seen by all.

  • Howard Roller

    Political correctness deprives people of way too much. Black people themselves came to regret the ban on Amos & Andy and there was much discontent when Fox Movies bowed to pressure from the Chinese community and stopped showing Charlie Chan movies. Song of the South needs to be viewed in the context of when it was made. It is essentially benign and illustrates some children’s stories that Uncle Remus tells to an unhappy child trying to cope with bullying. In the stories the child becomes Brer Rabbit, who uses superior intelligence to outwit his dumb bullies. Any “racism” is quite mild and inconsequential. By banning it we lose more than we gain…

  • Don

    Gangsta rap has overrun the world so I guess there is no room G rated songs. As a part Native American I agree with larrycop.

  • Michael

    With all the offensive programming on tv and all the racial slurs allowed(except by whites), why is anyone still arguing about this? There are members of all ethnic groups who enjoy the stigma of persecution and will use it to their advantage forever;it’s all about political advantage. Relase the movie already and get over yourselves everybody! It’s available all over the internet anyway and I’ve had it for years.



  • George Rasmussen

    As is said before cartoon collections from early and mid 20th century, “To hide these films is to pretend they never happened, but they did and are product of a different time. It was wrong then as it is today.” Release this film as it has more positive than negative about it. Put Whoopi, Cosby or even Leonard at head explaining the historical perspective.

  • Lee

    Oh this film; “Song Of The Song” is/was/and will always be a really great movie…I have a DVD of this movie, I had one of my friends order it for me, not sure where they found it, some web sight, I saw this movie as a child, I loved it and I will show this movie to my grandchildren.
    So “yes” to answer any questions, I do believe This movie should be made for “All” to see.

  • Marie C. Speck

    Of course Song of the South should be realeased. there is nothing offensive about it. It’s a sweet story. It’s my understanding that this is the only movie that James Baskett ever made…how sad that so many will never see that he was a wonderful actor. We all know that slavery existed and it was a horrible thing, but this story isn’t about slavery. It’s about a kindly old gentleman who tells stories. It’s a lovely fairy tale. I saw it in the 40s and took my daughter to see it in the 70s. I’d love for my granddaughter and her daughter to be able to see it together.

  • Richard

    C’mon now! Take a look at some of today’s movies and you’ll see plenty that should not be released. Talking about “Song of the South” I fail to see why the public would over react to its DVD being released especially when the film was produced back in the 1940’s showing the sign of the times. Disney is the one who is paranoid about boycotts from miserable folks out there. Now, c’mon and lets have the DVD’s on the store shelves.

  • tomcov37

    It is a beautiful film, the first film I really remember seeing. Uncle Remus became a favorite character for me becaues he demonstrated love and understanding. The lessons that the stories teach are timeless.

  • tomcov37

    It would also be great to see So Dear to My Heart releaased.

  • Jim Scott

    I saw this film Orlando Fla. when it was first released (I am a black American). I never knew of all this controversy. I enjoyed it then, and if I was to see it now, I would still enjoy it.
    If they are waiting for this film to come up to the Lord’s standards, GUESS WHAT?
    Uncle Remus could have been played by a white actor,for there is no mention of race, just telling the same stories. Would this also be an offense? Was the “N” word mentioned in the film or some other things that I shall not mention? We hear this every day.

    I would love for my grandaughter to see film. It is great entertainment, and those who oppose it can also learn something.

  • Kenneth Blanke

    I wish we could go back to when people watch movies for joy.
    This is really a great movie and it is part of history. Why are people trying to change history? Please release the movie on dvd, so that children all over the world can learn more of our history.
    I for one wish that all of these people that complain about things whould either stop being so negative on everything or else don’t look at and let people who do want to see it see it.
    For a few loud mouths the whole world has to change to their thoughts.
    Again release the movie.

  • Thomas A. Petillo

    Yes, it should be available on DVD.

  • Macbeth51249

    This was a lovely movie and should be released to the public.

  • docmom9094

    It has been so long since I’ve seen Song of the South, that I don’t remember a lot about it…but I remember the songs, the Brer Rabbit stories that I absolutely loved…and I don’t remember anything about Uncle Remus that was unkind to his race; unless there’s something wrong with a kind old grandfather figure that knows how to tell a story that can make a kid smile.

  • dave j

    Yes definitely, It was one of my favorite films….it is a treasure…surely even the politically correct can appreciate the sweetness of this wonderful movie.

  • gwen c

    Yes,it should be released. I loved the songs in it and people are too pc nowadays that you can’t enjoy anything.

  • Wanda

    I have a copy I found through the Internet. I love this movie and the Brer Rabbit stories, which have a moral to tell (just like Aesop’s fables).
    Political correctness has gone too far in this country.
    If you don’t like it, don’t watch it!

  • Phil

    I have a copy on Laser Disc. I have shared it, upon request, with many of my educated, professional colleagues of African descent. It was always well received with an inquiry as to how to obtain a copy. To restrict this work is a form of pathetic, ignorant racism.

  • BobbyMac

    If South of the South isn’t released you can throw me in the briar patch with Brer Rabbit. This film isn’t a documentary on slavery, but a brilliant combination of live actors and cartoon characters(done very successfully many times). Come on America lighten up.

  • Pat G

    Yes –it should be released–Beautiful story & songs- I find nothing wrong about it.It’s only in the minds of some.

  • Ron Oriti

    Loved this movie as a kid, and would love to see it again. I will buy it when it becomes available.


    i think song of the south should be released it shows that everone cant get along if they try.uncle remus is so loveable and hes storys are so cute so are the songs .your kids will love it and so will you

  • Ellen Mahajan

    James Baskett not only wasn’t able to receive his oscar in Atlantia, Georgia; he also died not too long after Song of the South was released. This is the main reason he is not seen in other movie productions. What a shame. He was such a wonderful actor!

  • Martin Lane

    One of my most treasured childhood memories is of seeing this lovely film with two friends at age eleven…and literally being transported by it…feeling the world was a brighter, more magical, and more promising place.

    I have never understood how this gentle and warm movie could be “blackballed” while much more obviously demeaning things like “Our Gang” NEVER got labelled as “racist”…Buckwheat is more appropriate than Uncle Remus??

    Disney should release it wit a “the attitudes on display here are a product of the times in which the film was made and released in” banner…like the ones used by Warner Brothers in advance of the more “dated” Looney tunes…

    Disney should also stop chopping apart other animated classics…like “Fantasia” (the “Pastoral” sequence has been edited for decades)..and the “Martins and The ‘Coys” sequence from the package film “Make Mine Music”…

    All of the classic animation should be preserved as great golden age of animation treasures that should be available to EVERY generation!

  • Nick

    I was fortunate enough to see this film some 15 years ago on lazer disc that my store in Oakland carried, it was a Japanese disc. I saw some problems in the film with the character of Breer Rabbit at the time. It is not a great film, but perhaps should be released with a warning label on it. It is the perfect film where an audio commentary could be attached and be very informative as this article is informative as well.It is part of our cinema herritage. Considering some of the other films that are allowed to be released, their is no reason that Song Of The South shouldn’t be released.

  • john e. durdaller

    i saw song of the south as a young boy and can still remember how wonderful it was. i still wish i could get a copy to share with my children and grand kids..a true classic.. can you help??

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  • Danielle

    Its is a great movie release it!

  • Pat

    Have been waiting a very long time for this movie to be re-released on DVD – saw it as a child on tv and really would like to add it to my Disney collection – so how much longer do we wait? Never understood what all the original fuss was about, whatever – people need to “get over it”!

  • kathy patricia lafayette

    I saw this movie when I was very young, and I loved it. I think it would be a shame if this movie was never seen again.

  • BadGnx2

    Being African American as I am, in addition to a film lover, I think Disney SHOULD release “Song Of The South”. I don’t think the film will ADD OR SUBTRACT from the very racist culture that ALREADY exists in this country. Many of the opinions above that love this film are written by White people. Which is cool, since Whites and African Americans have VERY differing opinions on what IS offensive and what ISN’T. ESPECIALLY when it applies to African Americans.

    In another post, many Whites extolled over the greatness of “Casablanca”. And it is a good, classic film. I will say that. However, like many other good, classic films, it depictions of African Americans are RACIST. The role of “Sam” (Dooley Wilson) is a subservient character to Humphrey Bogart’s “Rick”. He smiles and plays the piano as he’s told and on one occasion the Ingrid Bergman character refers to him as BOY. Clearly one could see that “Sam” is probably in his late thirties/early forties so one could honestly NOT mistake him for a boy. But that was the demeaning culture of America and film in general so what can be expected??
    “Gone With The Wind” is a great film also but its depictions of African American characters is so over the top I won’t even bother to go into it.

    In Disney’s own beloved classic cartoon, “Dumbo”, the crows are played by African Americans. If anyone DOES NOT get the “crow- African American” connotation, I won’t even bother.

    Personally I’m a big fan of the James Bond films. Yet there is a little part in “Dr. No” that ALWAYS rubs me the wrong way. Its the scene where Bond (Sean Connery) grabs Ursula Andress by the hand so they can make their escape on the beach. As Bond is about to leave, he tells the African American character to “FETCH HIS SHOES”. The last time I checked, fetch is usually a word one tells to one’s DOG.

    If one were to view ANY African American depictions in ANY Disney film (especially the cartoons), one would see a rich history of pickaninies/maids/servants/idiots. This went on until the 1970’s.
    So Disney rejecting their racist past is about as false as some commenting above that RACISM DOES NOT EXIST – LIVE AND LET LIVE!!

    Many BELOVED musicals featured White characters in blackface. Instead of hiring truly skilled, accomplished Black performers, Hollywood instead had Whites jumping around and acting stupid in countless RACIST STEREOTYPES.

    Racist African American stereotypes are about as common and ingrained in American film and television as can be. I simply shake my head, turn the channel or avoid the drama altogether.

    INTELLIGENT African Americans KNOW their history and they know that that history DOES NOT INCLUDE happy slaves/mammies/pickaninies/servants/idiots.

  • Charles Willis

    This film is a classic.The prejudice people of the
    past caused it to not be released.Any film critic
    knows as I do,that Uncle Remus is the hero,teaching love,goodness and happiness to Bobby
    Driscol and to his family.I have a collection of
    a 1000 movies,and I have the japanise version and
    also a dvd of my own,plus vhs copies.This is one of my most favorite classic’s.I would still buy an
    updated refurbished dvd if it came out.I have quite a few movies saved on dvd that still aren’t
    out yet.Lets all save the classic films to preserve the past for our children.

  • Bill C.


    “So Dear to My Heart” is currently available on DVD and has been available for years.

  • gobbob

    YES… I actually got a Japanese copy on DVD awhile back and could see no reason why this could not be available to anyone. I feel the claims of racist overtones are completely misguided. It stands as a great Disney live action/animation feature right up there with Mary Poppins et al.

  • rufnek43

    Should Song of the South be released on video? Only if Disney sees it making a profit for its shareholders. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the only issue.

    I can understand why some African-Americans dislike the film for all the reasons given. And they have every right not to buy or view it.

    But I also see many positive benefits in a film that shows blacks and whites coexisting (even in an imaginary world) without rancor. I see white children bonding with an elderly blackman without prejudice against his color. And I see animated animals reacting with live actors regardless of color. I think peaceful coexistance, acceptance without predice, and disregard of color are all positive messages for US residents regardless of their age.

    I know too well Song doesn’t represent the real South, certainly not the one of the 1860s or even the way it should be today. I grew up in Texas during days of segregation. But even as a young white kid, I recognized it was wrong and supported the civil rights movement of the 1960s. I’ve been invited into African-American homes and invited them into mine. I went to public school with them in the 1950s, served with them during a 3-year Army enlistment in the 1960s, and have worked with and competed against them more than 30 years in my profession. And I took my own kids to see Disney’s occasional release of Song of the South, knowing it would not turn them into racists. Yeah, I know the black character and the speech of the animals are stereotypical. But because the old man and his stories are treated with respect, I find it less offensive than the black crows in Disney’s Dumbo.

  • Bama Don-Bob

    I remember the movie as a white kid growing up in the 1960s, and it made a big impression on me. It was one of the first images I got of black people as not being scary, but being just folks like me and my family. The whole post civil war, and former slave thing didn’t even register as significant to me, it was all about people being themselves and getting along with each other. The individual social circumstances of the people weren’t particularly relevant to me, but I was under 10 years old back then. I think the main objections to the film come from those with an agenda to present the US South of the slavery days in a particular light, and anything that suggests there were people in the South who didn’t own slaves, or didn’t go along with the cruelty and lack of humanity seen in ‘Roots’, is devoid of truth.

  • Misskitty

    Doesn’t it say something that there are so many recollections – even if only seen once, many years ago – and all positive?!? Let the memories be relived…

  • Al Nasberg

    Although I didn’t read ALL of the earlier comments, the general consensus seems to be that the film’s political incorrectness was unintentional and therefore dismissable. I have a different rationale for re-resleasing this film … by hiding the attitudes of the past we may be dooming ourselves to repeat them. I think this film should be viewed as a “period piece.” Not only for its setting, but for the year it was made. As a period piece we can enjoy the songs and animation while learning something of our less than perfect past – thus avoiding the same failures in the future. Running from our past will teach us NOTHING.

  • Sherie Christiansen

    My husband and I remember this movie from and our childhood and would love to share it with our children and grandchildren. It shows history of our GREAT country which hasn’t always been glorious but still show history as it was. It also shows how far we have come. What’s wrong with that. We feel it should be released. If you don’t want to see it don’t buy it but don’t restrict the rest of us.

  • Ann

    It’s a sweet movie. It would be ashamed not to offer it to the public.

  • Arnie Nidecker

    I echo all of those positive comments. I asked about buying the film at Diney World, and was greeted with a VERY guarded reaction and, of course, a denial of sale. WHY! I saw this film
    when it was first released and was always a fan.
    It should DEFINITELY should be removed from the archives and distributed. Simply put, if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

  • Gene BLAKE

    I saw this movie in 1946, I was only 6 years old at the time I was enchanted,it was an absolutely wonderful movie which has been inbedded in my mind for all these years. I have been waiting for it’ release (which seems forever) and I truly hope it will be soon. As someone else stated in the comments, If you don’t like the movie or it’s content you don’t have to buy it.

  • Publius

    My uncle and aunt gave me a boot-leg print of this movie last year, and despite its many flaws, I didn’t think it was a racist film. If the premise was racist, then Joe Chandler Harris was racist. I think it was just a depiction of the famous Harris folk tales done to music with live action and animation, which was an innovative treat for 1949 audiences. My aunt remembers this movie from her childhood, and she said to me she never even thought that it was racist. It was made back in the days when movies were trying to entertain. One could make a case that “Amos and Andy were prejudiced because two white actors portrayed two black men. Even though Freeman Gosdan and Charles Corell tried their best to make relations cordial, the stigma of racisim was always with the series with the explosion set in the television series.
    While Disney has made some mistakes in the past ( and continues to make them in the future) I think it is a mistake NOT to release this movie; just as it was a mistake to wait to rlease “Behind The Lines” only two years ago. All of the Disney films should be out there for ALL to enjoy. With “Song of the South” missing is like an artist’s work portrayed with canvas torn and missing.

  • ruby w/ lee

    by all means, release “Song of the South ” on DVD
    we must learn to look at films from an historical
    and cultural view I was a baby when this film was released. so I have yet to see it. I will put it in with my cillection of Oscar Mishaux race movies
    One can always learn something new. ruby

  • ruby w/ lee

    Yes release song of ths south on DVD. It may be a little dated, but on can learn from seeing it and hearing the music Thank you Ruby

  • Richard Finn

    To Gary Cahall, I hope you send all these responses on to the Disney Corporation. There are obviously many more films with depictions of Blacks that are much more racist than Song of the South. Just watch some of the Shirley Temple movies of the 1930’s, or the Charlie Chan films (his chauffer was Black), or even some of the Topper films. BadGNx2 wrote one of the more thoughtful posts and describes well the racism that is found all through American cinema, especially in early years. Yet these films are widely available. The action of Disney studios makes little sense.

  • Bouncingbebe

    The Song of the South is a fantastic movie. It belongs with all the other movie “greats” such as Gone With The Wind, Show Boat, ect. It needs to be available to those who want it. It’s just silly that the movie should be banned from the US because of it’s content.

  • Kay Mims

    Yes, I loved this movie and it should be for anyone who wants to see it. It’s just silly to keep this movie from being seen. Lot’s of movies have content that not everyone agrees with, but that’s no reason for it not being available to anyone who wants to see it.

  • Leona Grainger

    As a child I loved this movie. Every year we go to Disney World we look for Uncle Remus on Splash Mountain. I miss him. Please bring him back.

  • RowMan

    It’s a shame that SOTS has never officially been released on DVD anywhere in the world. Although it was released on VHS and laserdisc in Europe and Asia in the 80’s and 90’s, no controversy in the US was stirred up then because of it. Why not release the film on DVD in those markets? That way, the Disney company avoids any possible backlash here (like in the 80’s and 90’s) and those in the US who really want to see and/or own the DVD can just import it.

    For those who feel offended by this movie, please note that it is not about slavery or even the black experience during the reconstruction era. The plantation depicted in the film is merely a backdrop to the story of a troubled boy and the kind old man helps him through his difficulty using fantasy, songs, and moral tales.

  • Michael Whitney

    Song of the South should have been out a long time ago. I remember watching it at the movie house as a youngster. Sign me up to receive a copy when you put it on home video.

  • David Pody

    As a Jewish person, I used to cringe in class when we read Shakespeare’s Mechant of Venice and the deplorable stereotyping of Shylock in that play. On the other hand, the character I most admired in Song of the South was Uncle Remus. I came away thinking the Black people were much more grounded and caring than the flighty and foolish White people. I would not ban either script because both of them represent the insensitivity of their times. As such, they are useful historical reference points to show how far we have come, and how far we have to go.

  • eduardo rodriguez

    “Song of the South” should be released, with spanish subtitles, of course!!

  • Terry

    ALL remakes tend to trash the movies. They are moved from their time to modern day and loaded with modern sterotypes and misconceptions. Have yet to see a remake that didn’t destroy the original movie.

    It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen [i]Song of the South[/i] (it was on Disney) bur…
    change the way you are looking at it – make the black Uncle Remus a white line worker on minimum wage, happy to have a job, happy to be able to bring some food and shelter to their family, trying to keep on their bosses good side and…yes, even brown-nose… These are considered acceptable moves to earn a promotion, a raise and to generally better your life in general.

    We STILL have the class problems… if a white upper-middle class child brings home a white child from the ghettos – their parents will count the silver when the visitor is gone and suggest to their children that they should really seek friends who are not thieves and gang-bangers. Will make no difference to those parents that the friend brought home was neither.

    It would appear the sole reason for this movie being considered racist is because it portrays a black sharecropper happy with life rather than a white sharecropper happy with life = and the rich grandfather automatically blaming the hired hand for his grandson’s misbehavior.

    We need to quit censoring our movies (some ARE horrendous, but they also have a point; even those movies you can find someone you know to fit most of the characters available), let our kids see them and discuss them ACCORDING TO THE TIME AND CULTURE they are portraying.

    Simply put, racism will never die until we quit teaching it to our children. Exposure and analysis of these ‘racist’ shows (don’t care what race/class/nationality is being dissed) will help to eliminate it.

    I think of a co-worker who was upset about [i]”All in the Family”[/i] and could not understand how such a racist show could have been aired. She could not understand that it had been put out as a farce to show how the super-bigot Archie Bunker was happy with a minimum wage, dead-end job from which he would soon retire while all those he hated (including his son-in-law the commie-pinko Meatball)where surpassing him, starting their own businesses…and giving women who were being abused the same way Edith was the courage to walk away and start over again.

    What [i]Song of the South[/i] showed was it did not matter what your profession was so long as you were happy with it, and that you can be friends across class and race without any long-term danger to your soul or status. That often those with whom you refuse to associate because they “Are the wrong kind” (think of the song [i]’Leader of the Pack'[/i])may have more to show and teach you than you ever dreamed.

    Speaking of which – many moons ago I saw an independent film detailing the pains and joys of the Navajo who were forced off their land and built their dwellings from cast-off radioactive aluminum.
    Would LOVE to know the name of that show and at least see it again, if not actually acquire a copy.

  • Terry

    Publius –
    I have heard ALL Amos & Andy shows are banned due to the extreme racism they portray.
    The few I saw were all about comedy. I would have classed them with The Three Stooges.

  • Gary Cahall

    Terry, the documentary you’re talking about may be a 2000 indie called The Return of Navajo Boy, which sadly is not available on DVD to retailers. As for TV’s The Amos ‘n Andy Show, much like Song of the South it was never actually banned, but was pulled from syndication by the producers. Several volumes are available at

  • Terry

    Excuse me, it wasn’t Meatball in All in the Family, it was Meathead.
    Even his family didn’t support Archie’s bigotry which is a good message to send to our children… “your mind, and your beliefs are your own, not your parents.”

  • Sharon

    I read several of the comments. Like me, most feel it has been a shame that this charming, delightful movie has not been available for our children.
    I saw the DVD being sold on e-bay – I believe it was offered from a company in Japan.
    I bought it and my children and grandchildren have enjoyed it.

  • Carole H

    This is one of the Disney’s movies that I have been waiting for. Saw it when I was a kid & than took my kids to see it when it made the rounds in the 70’s/ I wish people would get over this racial thing. This is a wonderful movie. Yes I wish it would be released on DVD. I have a big collection of Disney’s movies & enjoy them very much.

  • Jeff C

    If you want to be depressed or angered, look at history, certainly this country has a lot to answer for when you do look at it’s history and there really is no satisfactory answer except that the single greatest problem in the world then was as it’s always been, an appalling lack of respect by one person for another or one race or class or religion or group or country for another, a failure to recognize another’s rights whether God given or by act of law. Broken promises, broken treaties, broken laws, one can find them everywhere, even laws that made slavery and segregation possible. I do not watch movies for history unless it’s the history of film, I watch movies for entertainment mostly and an escape from the problems of every day life, movies that make me feel good where the bad guy gets what he deserves and the good guy gets the girl. Sure I watch documentaries and movies about the harsh realities of life but I always feel like I need a feel good movie afterwards. “Song of the South” is not history, nor does it have to reflect history, it was meant to be pure family entertainment and that it is, a vision perhaps of the world as someone wished it was even if it’s not your vision. If I had to watch only movies that were historically accurate I’d soon get tired of all the lies, deceit and mayhem, man’s inhumanity to man. If I want that I can always watch the news.

  • William Sommerwerck

    It’s unfortunate that Disney is held (or holds itself) to a higher standard than other studios. Nevertheless, one suspects that this “higher standard” is nothing more than a desire to avoid controversy and/or a kow-towing to interest groups.

    As a black poster pointed out, racism is so deeply ingrained in American society that it’s hard to uproot — or sometimes even recognize. I watched “Kentucky” (1938) recently, and was appalled at the patronizing way the black characters were portrayed and treated.

    One might also note Eddie Anderson as Jack Benny’s servant. According to one biography, Benny (a Jew) was sensitive to the portrayal. Starting in the late ’30s, “Rochester” was gradually turned into Benny’s equal. This is the source of most of the fun, a servant — and a black one, at that — talking back to his employer, without repercussions.

  • Carolyn Lamb

    I remember going with my second grade class to see this movie in 1947. I’ve wanted a copy for years. “SO DEAR TO MY HEART” and “GOODBYE MY LADY”, were other favorites.

  • sean

    Alisa, books are published, movies are released.
    Nazi germany has been brought up almost exclusively on this subject by those who believe
    Disney should never release this movie. As i recall from my history classes, the nazi’s used
    censorship to they’re advantage & look how well
    that helped the world. Careful what you wish for.

  • Thomas A. Petillo

    What hypocracy!Why shouldn’t it be available?!

  • Larry

    I showed this film to my film class which included one African-American lady. The film generated a lively discussion, but everyone decided that the racism in the film was rather innocuous. One should remember that in 1946 Jim Crow was in full bloom and the African-American population was offended by anything that made the South look like a pleasant place to be for them. However, the protests from civil rights groups have never been extensive as concerns this film.

    Any form of censorship of this film is wrong. Trying to change history is Orwellian and dangerous to a democracy, including the sanitizing of literature ( i.e. Huckleberry Finn).

  • Charles H

    Political-correctness, in any form, is the death of society. The songs in this movie tell stories. The stories are history… our history. Not white history. Not black history. The history of us. Get over your skin color. Look beyond everyone else’s. See the magic of this movie. See the magic of us.

  • James

    I think SOTS should released with undo haste! As a child I saw it and loved it.
    But as an adult in the last release I saw it again and came away with a different view. You SEE I HAD LIVED and Disney make believe world had lost its lusteer. SOTS is not the problem. The many postings I’ve scan shows why the NAACP banned or let’s say opposed the film. I love disney but aways have. To praise “Birth of a Nation” is ironic. There many, many uprisings and lynchings were started because of that film. That is your Genesis for opposing films that show Black Americans in offensive characters. Wake up America! Release the film it has some merit.

  • Dave

    Only way to settle this is to put it on the market – if it is so offensive to you, don’t buy it; if not, buy it. Let people decide for themselves. Next thing you know, the original “Huckleberry Finn” will be unavailable as well.

  • Katie M.

    My husband and I have hunted all over for Song of the South. If anyone will tell me whom to contact in other countries, I’ll buy a copy this week–VHS or DVD. We both love the movie, and we want to show it to our grandchildren.

  • Nancy J Gross

    Song of the South was my Daddy’s favorite Movie of all time. He used to read the stories to us as kids and do the voices. It was wonderful! He took my daughter to see it before it was vaulted forever and now my grandchildren are missing the greatest story. Political correctness should be banned not truth. Disney open your vault!



  • Sandra

    I have a few thoughts about this film. When my uncle was dying of cancer, one film he wanted to see again was Song of the South, and the only version we could find was in Japanese. When I saw the film, I was a small child who knew very few African Americans and none of a grandfather’s age. In my own five-year-old way, I saw that James Baskett’s character reminded me of my grandfathers, and that realization help shaped my idea’s about race in a positive way. Furthermore, in many ways, the original Jungle Book has a clear subtext of race and not in a positive way, yet that film was remastered and re-released with some tweaks in sound track to minimize the racism. The truth is that films evoke very personal responses, and I can certainly understand how other would not share my response. Reasonable arguments, based on the text of the film, can be made on many sides regarding films that represented society’s ingrained racism, but perhaps the question we should be asking is whether there is some cost to sweeping that past under the rug and pretending that it did not exist.

  • Katie

    why are there so many against this when the junk they put out today is disgusting and here is a terrific movie about races interacting and taking care of one another…I remember seeing this as a child and have been looking for it for years….please just put it out and if “they” want to talk about a movie that depicts the blacks as lazy, shiftless, etc how about reviewing “Cabin in the Sky ” but then that has been deemed a “Classic” I believe…..Song of the South is more a Classic in my opinion and I hope it is put out soon

  • Fred Smith

    Simple. Release the film. If you think it might offend you then don’t buy or watch it. I think it used to be called “freedom”. I believe Snoop Dogg presents a far more degrading image than Uncle Remus but I wouldn’t withhold his product. I merely don’t patronize it.

  • carole henkel

    I loved the movie as a child & an adult I would like my children & my grandchildren to see this movie

  • Kenneth Blanke

    When people come to their sense, I will be buying two or three of the DVDs for me and my daughter and my grandaughter.
    I want to keep history as it was not as some group wanted it to be.
    As people we have always had good and bad, that is what history is.

  • Leona Grainger

    Every time I go to DisneyWorld and go on Splash Mtn. I look for Uncle Remus. I’m 79 and I remember taking my children to see the movie. I think I ejoyed it more than the “kids”. There were a lot of lessons to be learned from Uncle Remus. It’s a shame those growing up now can’t learn from him.

  • Joyce

    I saw Song Of The South when I was a young girl. It does not compare with the junk movies they put out today. It is a wonderful movie. I see Uncle Remus as a wonderful human being giving happiness to all the children around him. Add Brer Rabbit and Briar Bear,I just loved them and don’t think at all about it being a racist movie.
    I would think that people in our country including the NAACP should GET OVER IT BY NOW.
    I say thumbs up to releasing Song Of The South. I for one would love to have a copy.

  • Roger MacEvoy

    I remember seeing this film as a child and of course do not remember it as racist because I was a small child. However, seeing it again as a white adult whose past included over 30 years of military service,(enlisted through field grade officer,) a high school teacher,and an EEOC counselor.

    From these other perspectives and just as a human being living in this century I clearly found the film racist. In fact this would be a good discussion film for a high school class on just this topic especially for a class of mixed race. I can guarantee you that my classes would have found it to be racist.

  • Roger MacEvoy

    I forgot to add that I oppose banning it for that same reason that I oppose banning Birth of a Nation. This type of overlooked racism is part of our history and needs to be studied.

  • Jim Foster

    Some of those objecting to SONG OF THE SOUTH claim that it depicts a sugar-coated version of slavery. Well, for their information, it was not set during the Civil War, but following it. The black workers in the fields around the plantation were not slaves; rather, they were sharecroppers, and as such free to come and go as they chose. But without education, where COULD they go? They remained on the land, doing the only kind of work they knew how to do.

    I first saw this wonderful film with my mom and dad when I was eleven, specifically, on March 14th, 1947 (I kept a journal back then). It really resonated with me, and I took it in two more times with friends. As an adult, each time it was reissued I attended a showing.

    If critics will but take time to perform a little research, they’ll find that the tales spun by Uncle Remus were recorded by journalist Joel Chandler Harris, who spent hundreds of hours in the slave quarters during the evenings, where he absorbed the stories, language, and inflections of the storytellers. The African-American animal tales they shared later became the foundation and inspiration for Harris’s Uncle Remus tales, three of which appear in the film’s animated sequences.

    James Baskett richly deserved the special Oscar he was awarded in 1947 for his depiction of kindly Uncle Remus. I, for one, want to see him again; want to see little Johnny use B’rer Rabbit’s smarts to outwit the two Favers boys; want to experience another “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” day before I’m under the grass.

    C’mon, folks at Disney, PLEASE make this classic movie available for those of us who want to own a copy. Remember, NO ONE would be forced to purchase it, and NO ONE would be forced to watch it.

  • Mel Lastella

    Everything is of it’s time.This movie should deserves to be seen for it’s depiction of that time and place.The way we behave now matters more.

  • Susan

    When we saw Song of the South in the 1950’s I was about 5 years old. I thought it was a wonderful movie about themes that were happy and its lesson was to love each other. It wasn’t until many years later that I learned that I was supposed to be offended. Racism is something our children learn from the hate of their elders. Too bad, I would like to experience the joy of this wonderful film again. I promise that I won’t teach my kids how to hate based on race. I want them to love and trust Uncle Remus, Brer Rabbit and the rest. I won’t force others to watch it if it bothers them. And I’ll sing quietly. Please bring it back.

  • Lana

    This movie personifies one of my happiest movie memories as a youngster and should be made available to all. Stop the nonsense and bring it back. Anyone who finds it offensive need not watch or buy it. Yes, slavery was horrible but Uncle Remus is NOT a slave in this movie.

  • Linda Milligan Horne

    I can’t believe the NAACP has to get into this movie. I’m sure there is more they can do. I would love to have DVD of this movie.

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  • Gene Malcolm

    I got a DVD copy of “Song of the South” for overseas. I loved it as a child and still love it as a 73 year old. As a young white child I didn’t understand the evil concept of slaver. All I knew is that I loved Uncle Remus and wanted him in my life. He is back in my life and I still love him, sippady do da!

  • Ted

    Quality is watchable, but this is a movie that really needs remastering.

    Disney should consider that this is one of the ONLY movies in my collection of bootlegs that I actually paid a pirate for. All my other bootlegs I’ve not wanted badly enough to pay for, I’ve just downloaded them for free and dealt with the usual horrendous quality. So Disney should consider that refusing to release this is putting money in the pockets of people who make a career out of stealing from them.

    Copyright on this falls off in another 30 years. How many of you want to bet that Disney releases it right before copyright expires with a flood of additional footage, just to reapply copyright on it? I thought so.

    People who say the NAACP didn’t ban this are disingenious. If NAACP hadn’t made a negative comment on it, Disney wouldn’t have censored it. NAACP knew what they were doing. NAACP may have had responsibility to speak out against the racism of the film, but they ALSO have a responsibility to speak out against Disney’s censorship of this movie. Their remaining silent on it is condoning that censorship, and as long as they continue to do so Disney is going to feel constrained against releasing it, and they know it. I will also point out that NAACP complained the film gave an impression of “idyllic master-slave relationship” when the film wasn’t even set during slavery – if it was, Sally (the mother) would have threatened Uncle Remus with whipping for continuing to tell stories to her son.

    As far as the movie being racist, that is a complex answer. The movie is set during Reconstruction (while Disney deliberately tried to make the time period it was set in undefined, too many facts in the movie set it during Reconstruction) and to understand the overtones of what was going on you have to have studied that time period. Quite obviously, the father was involved in the political community of disenfranchised Southern whites who refused to sign the loyalty oath, and were publically railing against the Carpetbaggers who were raping the South at that time. His wife by contrast was from the white Southerners who felt it would be best to remain silent and say nothing and just tend to their own business, because the Yankee occupation force was going to do whatever it wanted, and it was hopeless to argue against them. The father moved his son to the grandmother’s plantation most likely because he had gotten threats against him and his family by the carpetbaggers. He wanted his wife to join him fighting the ‘good fight’ and she wasn’t willing. All of these events actually happened in Georgia during Reconstruction and the movie is very accurate in portraying that. The grandmother is in an intact plantation which was common in the South at that time. The whites in the film all portrayed fairly accurately the mores of the Southern whites of that time. If you want to call that racist, go ahead – but be aware that the educated Southern whites of that time pretty much behaved as depicted in the movie – so I don’t call that racist, I call that rather accurate of the movie.

    The real question of racism in the movie is did the behavior of the blacks in the movie accurately or not accurately depict behavior of actual blacks on an old Southern plantation owned by a family who had managed to retain it’s wealth during the War, during Reconstruction? Well let’s look at that. Uncle Remus is old, far too old to be able to work in the fields, and he is at no time depicted as a field hand. Yet he is healthy and well fed, even being given a slice of pie when he goes into the plantation kitchen during baking day. He is, in fact, depicted as a general handyman, who’s duties quite obviously also include some evening ‘babysitting’ of the children of the hands working on the plantation. The plantation cook, Aunt Tempy and servant of the father and mother is also accurately depicted as everything she was shown doing in the film would have been done by an actual black house servant of such a plantation. The remaining blacks in the movie are mostly field hands depicted as singing when going to work in the fields in the morning and coming back from the fields in the evening. Well the fact is that sining on the plantation was common in slave days as it was used as code to communicate through the Underground Railroad. And as for happy singing – well these were freedmen who were renting land on the plantation – sharecropping. While study will reveal that the sharecropping system was in many ways as exploitive as slavery, to newly freed slaves, it was a LOT better than slavery. Their children were in school, the whites could no longer split their families and sell their wives down the river, they had the vote and had elected blacks in office, they had an occupying Federal army making sure to enforce their new freedoms, and while life may have not changed much for them, they now had hope for their children being educated. It’s quite believable that they would be singing in happiness during Reconstruction.

    Thus I don’t see that charges of racism in this movie are fair. The definition of racism is in short, discrimination justified by inherent differences due to skin color. The complaint that a minority would have is that stereotypes in the movie reinforce the concept of inherent differences. But, stereotyping only exists in a movie when a character plays a role they would not normally play in real life – such as a black person in a movie singing and dancing on a city street for no reason. In real life on the plantation, song was very common.

    Song of the South was set during Reconstruction because Walt Disney wanted to do a movie about the Uncle Remus stories, and he did NOT want to depict “happy singing slaves”. He could thus not set the movie pre-civil war, and he could not set it post-WWII as even by then too much had changed on the plantation, the sharecropping system was almost dead and mechanization had eliminated large gangs working the plantations. Walt Disney even went out of his way to hire a “radical” Jewish screenwriter who opposed putting the Remus stories to a movie, deliberately to work on the movie because he wanted to excise racism as much as possible from the movie.

    The irony is that the censorship of Song of the South ultimately hurts black people more than white people. The reason why is that it wipes out a large portion of black history – the stories and tales carried over from Africa and modified by the slaves. When a White person in the US asks himself “who am I” he knows his history – his history, the history of Whites, and of White European culture is taught to every child – and that history helps him or her to know who they are. But when a Black person in the US asks himself “who am I” the censors who have been wiping out his own culture – such as the Remus stories – have given him nothing in return. I often wonder when I see crime statistics based on race is if this very erasing of anything with any scent of slavery and the resulting throwing the young black adrift with no culture is the root cause of the much higher crime rate among young black men.

  • Michael

    I have it on laser Disc and I have a burn copy on dvd. Disney has other films Like Peter Pan and Dumbo etc that could be refered as sterotype, but they released them. It’s not fair Disney released this in europe and Canada but not the U.S. I have black friends and they see nothing wrong with it. it was the period of that time, just like NAACP tried to get “Roots” and “Gone with the Wind” banned. Get over it already NAACP.

  • jim in providence

    Birth of a Nation; Gone With the Wind; and numerous other films. Who is Disney trying to fool? Song of the South has been available on home video in Japan and Britain for years. Why is Disney afraid of America and Americans?

  • marianne Watts

    We cannot re-write history. If we are to do that, than we must ban The Godfather because it offends Italians, or war movies because they offend the Janpanese or the Germans. etc., etc. ad infinitum. Where does it all end? I am Italian and do not take offense to a lot of films that denigrate Italians. That’s life. Song of the South is a gentle, lovely movie and all children should have the opportunitynto see it or are they doomed to forever be embroiled in the violent, noisy trashy crap that is supposedly for kiddie viewing, i.e. Transformers, etc. with the unnecessary cursing, violence and sex?

  • Jim

    Yes – This American classic film should be released On DVD – I have seen it many times
    and would love to own a copy so I can shre it
    with my grandchildren.

  • Robert Stewart

    It should be released. It isn’t a particular favorite of mine, but there are many people who would like to be able to see this film.

  • peter traine

    black and white bigots regretible as it is are all around us . lets all get these chips of our shoulders and just enjoy a wonderful movie.

  • joan m. slotnick

    It is sad that this film is not on dvd, it is wonderful. The thing that caused upset was primarily the Uncle Remus/Tar Baby segment. Too bad, because it is just a story and too much emphasis on racial hate is so sad that people who I hope at this time in life would be able to appreciate all the Uncle Remus stories as well as the wonderful music that Song of the South has in it. Hope people are mature enough that it may be released on dvd sometime in the near future. I remember it well and loved it dearly.

  • MrMovieClassics

    “Those who forget or ignore mistakes past are doomed to repeat them”.

    “Only from looking back can one truly see where they have been and are going”.

    Song Of The South needs released on home video in much the same manner as other potentially offensive and sensitive material has been previously released — with a foreword stating something like “the wrongs of the past are not acceptable in today’s society”, or some such similar. (Like Warner Bros. did with the uncensored Looney Tunes Collections).

  • Gregory

    The section of the article that gives the Jewish / Nazi analogy is on point. During Reconstruction, the hardships endured and extreme racism of the south was dominant, with large numbers of people losing their lives. Depicting a content and anxiously engratiating ex-slave is ridiculous and offensive. In Germany, there is no nostalgia associated with the Holocaust. There are no statues of Goring, Hitler, Himmler or Goebbels. The german govt and the public at large view that episode of history with shame. But here in the good old U.S. of A, we seem to gloss over the atrocities of the past. We glorify Confederates and their cause simply because it was American. Does not matter how many native Americans were slaughtered, Custer and Sherman are our heroes right? Regardless of how many millions were enslaved, murdered, robbed of freedom and family, it was American and as such we should simply view it with pride and admiration as being a part of our legacy? Our nation has always been in a state of denial with a national delusion that has long been undiagnosed. “Song of the South” like many other films (Birth of a Nation, any blackface films) are offensive and absurd. Again, I don’t hear of any of the Nazi propoganda films being marketed & released. Why is that?

    • Dan

      Wake up man it was 1946 for christ’s sake. This country was antisemite, antinazi, anticommunist, antieurope, antiblack and everything else under the sun. The disney company was no different at that time. The only reason Germany doesn’t have any statues including propoganda films is because 1) the country as a whole was bombed to hell. 2) Russia stole most everything they could for their profit. 3)The allies destroyed anything nazi they could to prevent shrines and glorification and future use. Some quick trivia bites for ya many Jews, many Polish, actually HELPED the nazi’s and the german people’s were fully behind their country and their cause they didn’t have shame over it. The U.S. refused to enter the war or help the Jews even after refugees met with our president and told him of the concertration and death camps. We also sold arms, vehicles and ammo to the nazi’s. Apparently you are completely unaware that the german parliment still has seats for basically the same political goals of german nationalism (same as the nazi party). Also apparently you are unaware of the world wide movement of Neo-nazism. Interesting side note there are as many Neo-nazi’s in the U.S as Germany right now. As for the civil war content of the movie and post. The only reason the civil war is “glossed” over as you say is because 1)the government does not and never has wanted to pay for that war (we own both england and france loans for helping the North fight that war). 2) the north admitted and even Lincoln in some of his correspondence admitted(try reading a primary source piece of material from a library) they screwed up. They only wanted to end slavery and force the plantation owners to have to pay the blacks. Instead the freed slaves left the plantations (pick up a U.S. History book here) in two great migrations. The first was to the free north and the second was to the west especially once gold was found. The north expected them to stay right there picking away at the fields they never wanted them going anywhere else. Reasoning like yours would deprive the world of classics from the world of books, music, art, opera, and force everyone into a narrow minded dogmatic world view that you claim to be dead set against yet like America and it’s government when it suits you then it’s just fine. If you find it offensive it’s a free country don’t buy it or watch it, just leave everyone else the hell alone to make our own choices and decisions not what you self righteous want us to decide.

  • Dan

    YES YES YES. However a threat from the NAACP to boycott disney and their products got it pulled in the first place. Funny thing though despite the uproar of blacks over this film they sure do stand in line for the rides in CA, and FL plus the current NAACP has no problem with or comment on the film. Of course Mr. Toad should be brought back in all his glory too execpt bubble parents have a problem with him and his story line. Disney needs a balls to the wall leader that isn’t afraid to fly in the face of the nehsayers and self righteous BSers in this country.

  • Kenneth Morgan

    I believe “Song of the South” should be released on DVD in the U.S.

    I figure the best way to do this would be with a two-disc set. One disc would feature the movie (fully restored) with commentary, along with archival materials about its making and reception. The second disc could address the movie’s impact and controversy, allowing both sides of the issue to make their case and putting the matter in perspective.

    This idea makes more sense to me than locking it away in a vault and acting as though it doesn’t exist, except for one song. And considering some of the more recent films that get made under the banner of Disney or one of its subsidiaries, how much worse can “Song of the South” be?

    I’d rather see a controversial work released, discussed, and praised or damned, than have it censored.

  • Phil Marklin

    A lot of ink has been spilled over this movie. It depicts a difficult time in our country. Disney, I don’t believe, was trying to portray true history but like he always did, bring a story to the screen that would be entertaining. Many people, including myself, thot he succeeded. My granddaughter went to Disney World and loved Splash Mountain but never understand the characters. To me this was sad; she and thousands of children ( and many who have written here, no doubt) have missed out of Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox and Brer Bear and the great art work and animated sections of that movie.
    Yes, it shows a less than desireable attitude on the part of Uncle Remus but does not most historical movies? Aren’t most Indians in the great Westerns depicted as very two dimensional and often as savages? And doesn’t Kevin Costner turn around and do the same thing to whitemen in “Dances with Wolves?” Just because some movie brings up unpleasant images it shouldn’t be castigated and kept from viewing because it is uncomfortable. If that’s the case then any movie regarding the Roman Empire; most of European history; Far East history all enslaved peoples and committed atrocities. It is not pleasant but it shouldn’t keep us from enjoying a good movie because we disagree with it.
    I don’t like some movies but because I don’t like them or don’t agree with them doesn’t mean I would censor them. We have to remember that the reason we visit this site is our love for movies and especially classic movies. “Song of the South” is a classic movie, you may not like it or its message but shouldn’t others be allowed to make that judgment for themselves?
    I realize Disney will not release it because of a few comments on a website. That’s a shame because as lot of people have made some very good reasons to release it. I intended to get one of the bootleg copies for my granddaughter so she can enjoy Splash Mountain to its fullest and so she can laugh out loud with me . What is better than a child’s laughter.

  • BadGnx2

    I’m African American myself and knowing the history of this film, I NEVER wanted to see it.
    Whether it was set during the civil war or after it REALLY DOESN’T MATTER. It was set in the SOUTH – a region that wasn’t exactly “friendly” to people of color. The fact that James Baskett couldn’t even attend the premire further illustrates this.
    Thus the fact that many white movie fans see no reason why the film isn’t available so that they can bask in their warm and cherry memories of it does not surprise me.

    Having said that, my feelings are that the film SHOULD BE RELEASED. Be it on TV, reshowings, DVD, video or WHATEVER.
    Negativity aside, its still Disney’s first live action/animated project. And that song has NEVER died away.
    The list of offensive Hollywood productions are vast and varied. “Gone With The Wind” and “Casablanca” are two celebrated films that come to mind, yet their depictions of African Americans are VICIOUS to say the least.
    “Song Of The South” is simply another title to add to that list.

    • Pmeis

       What a cry-baby. I saw the movie when it came out, and enjoyed it simply as a Walt Disney movie. Last year, I bought a copy, as I like to keep some classic movies. The children in the movie had no animosity toward the old gentleman. YOU are the one showing the animosity.
      As a matter of fact, the blacks in the South were treated much kinder by the whites than they were treated in many Northern cities.
      You are the type of person who wants to re-write history, instead of reading it and finding out what history is, no matter what the subject. If people don’t like the history of things, and try to change what happened, then, if the same thing should crop later, there will not be an understanding of what could happen, with no knowledge of what went on before.
      Song Of The South was not vicious, to say the least. Where do you get that?
      Walt Disney did not make vicious movies. His studio today now turns out some of the least-watchable movies around, and they certainly are not made for children. It is a studio that is 180 degrees from what Walt used to make.

  • Billy Ashwill

    I think it should be on dvd,it’s a movie of the times.

  • Tamazon

    I was 9 years old when I saw this at the movies with my family, and it was blatantly clear to me that the characters were trapped in a tragically unjust way of life. I never for a moment got the impression that Uncle Remus or any of the black characters were happy with their lot, and the white people didn’t seem really happy either. I was picked on and excluded in my own small sphere and old enough to see around me that about some things in this world, That’s Just The Way It Is, and change or justice is a frustratingly long time coming, if it comes at all. I thought Remus was very brave and strong to encourage such cheerfulness and perseverance in the face of a social system he was powerless to change or escape from. I identified most with the poor white little girl, as it wasn’t far from my own situation. I remember feeling that the rich lady ought to be mighty scared when she had to stand up in front of her maker someday. I remember telling my dad that I was so glad we didn’t have to live there, and wanting reassurance that it was really different now, which led to some serious discussion (but probably not enough; I think Mom could tell I was frightened and upset by the topic and didn’t want Dad to go into too much depth about it at the time).

  • Michael

    I saw this film as a re-issue on numerous occasions and at the time it was pleasing, joyful, a marvel of animation and beautiful color. The program just popped when James Baskett broke into the chorus Zip-e-dee-do-da.

    I too have yearned to re-visit these good old friends again on home video, and understand the feelings that are hurtful to people.

    The film was not to convey an offensive aspect to be added to the story, but it was all a part of the world in which it fit.

    Agreed, the Tar Baby is questionable.

    I love Martin Lawrence, and Eddie Murphy. When Martin Lawrence is Big Mamma, and when Eddie Murphy is The Nutty Professor, are people looking to find flaws, or just to be entertained.

    To me, those guys are just funny.

    Perhaps the past does not come across as golden to everyone. Disney has curtailed scenes that do not make them feel comfortable. I understand.
    Pecos Bill’s cigarette has been airbrushed out.
    Parts of Fantasia are either airbrushed out, or cleaned up by: dialing up the color saturation or cropping around the frame of the film. This is all due to being offensive and offending to people.

    At the time when the films were made, it was only as characterization and in this world times have changed.

    This not an excuse.

    I do not see many films today in the theaters because they are offensive to me. The humanity is lost.

    People should not be forced to go to the movies if they do not want to go.

    A swastika is offensive to people and rightfully so.

    It’s difficult to determine if so much emphasis was brought to this, if it would garner a lot of attention.

    It’s all up to how people feel.
    Disney has a right to feel uncomfortable. They hold the cards and feel responsible.

    D.W. Griffiths’ Birth of a Nation is part of film history. It’s tedious to sit through, and fits in it’s own place in time. The lens of the film is through the eyes of the south and some
    material is uncomfortable and the general public is not racing out to purchase this iconic “Library of Congress” feature film.

    If people want to see S.O.S., then anything is available at a cost.

    Disney wants to be a role model.
    This is fine and they want to be representative.

  • Laurence Crapo

    There is nothing racist about Song from the Sourh. It is an enteraining family movie and one of my favorites as a kid. I learned the songs when it was released in 1946. It was later played on the Disney TV show in the 50’s. A few years ago, I found a copy in VHS in a garage sale. My grandkids enjoy watching it often. If a DVD is offered, I would like a copy.

  • Michael

    Song of the South is just that, a sweet entertaining movie.
    I loved the re-issue, and would like to see it too.

  • BDavis Fan

    Hey, everybody’s got a laughing place… I think it should be officially released (and I am of African and Native American heritage). Enjoyed the film as a child and do so as an adult. No chips, no grudges, just a love of good film and a respect for blacks who did what they had to do to survive in their time of history.

  • Jim Ward

    In a sense, I find it absurd that Disney would bend to the whims of the NAACP. One must remember that no one ever accused the NAACP of being intelligent. I don’t think the timeframe of the Civil War has much to do with the objections of the film as much as the main characters portrayal of the elderly “Uncle Remus” at a time when “Amos and Andy” Jack Benny’s “Rochchester”, “Stepin Fetchit” (Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry) and many more fine actors were playing second class citizens. Al Jolson spent most of his career in blackface which was popular in Vaudeville. One must be reminded it is all in the name of entertainment. It is and always will be part of our history.
    What bothers me about the viewpoint of the NAACP is how they underestimate the black people of the twenty first century. With the increase of interracial marriages, zero segregation throughout the country and millions of success stories in education and business, the NAACP simply doesn’t trust their own membership to think for themselves.
    In contrast, the NAACP would rather portray young Black People as uneducated, Jive Talking, drug dealers, rapists and murderers to the world. Personally, I prefer Uncle Remus. His color means nothing to me, his background, means nothing to me, His sense of decency, and warm heart means everything to me. His stories had moral overtones that taught young people life’s lessons of being good human beings and the NAACP finds this offensive. As far as Disney is concerned, the NAACP is the only organization to stand in the way of their greed. Of course Disney made the choice to withhold the film so as not to tarnish their good name. It is a shame that people simply won’t grow up and see the goodness of these films. The NAACP is too wrapped up in their own prejudices to admit there are a majority of people out there that simply don’t care one way or the other. It’s just a matter of trust.
    A note to the Author: There was a film on cable a few years ago that portrayed a Nazi Officer and his Son living near a concentration camp. The Father was the man in charge of the camp and the Son befriended a Jewish boy who was a servant in the Officers home. They became secret friends until the Officers boy wanted to see how the Jewish boy lived in the camp. He donned the clothes of a prisoner and went inside the camp. It happened to be the day all the prisoners were to be killed along with the officers boy. I am sorry, I cannot remember the name of the film, but it was a heartwarming story. Anyway, the reason I mention this was in reference to the comment from journalist Hollis Henry.
    People of all races have been stereotyped to one degree or another. That to is diminishing and one day will be gone all together. Well that is my dime’s worth like it or not.

  • Anonymous

    We can’t go back and rewrite all of history to make it politically correct. Films are historical documents which tell us as much about the climate of the times as what is shown on the screen. It’s also a Disney clasic and after seeing the antics of Brer Rabbit and company I went to the library to read all the Uncle Remus stories. Has that book been banned from libraries? I’m just saying that once you start where does it stop? Censorship can be so dangerous and to be scared of this movie makes absolutely no sense.

    • Vinylj45

      It’s like the banning of Huckleberry Finn, another historical document that has taken unfair flack because of its use of the actual language and social structure of the time period. With it’s masterful use of dialect and the heroic Jim, a sympathetic father figure much like Uncle Remus, the novel paints a realistic picture of an historical period that should not be confused with the present time.

  • Gerson Singer

    Song Of The South was the first
    movie i ever saw at the age of people forgot one thing when Walt Disney wanted to release the Song Of The South to the public which i have 5 copies of the dvd which i bought 3 years ago i opened one of them and gave one copy to my youngest grandchild and the others are locked up and will never be opened. he and the Walt Disney Studio was taken to court to stop the release of the movie to the public by the naacp. Disney lost the case. my copies i bought thru the internet via overseas.
    once movie unlimited starts to sell them i will buy more

    • RowMan

      The NAACP never brought Walt Disney or his company to court to try and stop the (I assume by your comments) video release of SOTS. It has been released on home video in many countries all over the world except the US, but has never been officially released ANYWHERE on DVD. The Disney Company itself decided on its own to discontinue the availability of the film on home video since about 2001.

  • Gerson Singer

    Song of the South was the very first movie saw in 1946 age 6 and saw it every time it was rereleased about 3 yrs ago i bought 5 copies of the movie on line 1 one opened and played once then never played it again 1 copy i gave to my youngest grandchildren. the other 2 are still sealed. if movie fanfare ever sells the movie i will buy copies and hold them for any great grandchildren. i personally think every one should see this movie young and old

  • Candy Barr

    As a Black historian I say yes, it should be released. I find that more and more Black children know less and less about slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, and so many other things of the recent past.

  • Errol Jones

    This movie has been a part of my life from age 6 and it will always remain with me as one of the best things that ever happened to me..coming from a broken home and a bad childhood. Brer Rabbit became my champion and Uncle father figure (and I am white). To keep this wonderful film from the US public is beyond me, because I only found…hope, love and joy in it. We all KNOW that slavery happened and this was AFTER SLAVERY..and there is no dusting history under the rug and hope it stays there. This film has nothing to do with downgrading ANYONE..with the ‘hero’ being dear Uncle Remus. Where the NAACP is coming from..I will never understand. I did search for years..and finally found a source in the USA that had the film on dvd and I do now have a copy. I see that they also have a ‘restored’ version out I hope to buy that one too..but the one I did buy, a few years back, is in beautiful color and sound. I just wish they would open it up to the ENTIRE PUBLIC so everyone could get to see this wonderful film. It will always be dear to my heart..and one of my 10 BEST FILMS..EVER!

  • Alexander M. Foundoukis

    YES! YES! YES! Song Of The South should be available on DVD. I loved as a child when it came out and have wanted to see it again and again. I also think the Amos ‘n’ Andy TV show should be released on DVD. Those who don’t wish to see these should not buy them but do not deprive others of the opportunity to view what we wish. Hopefully we are not living in a completely PC police state yet.

  • Tom Weber

    This should get an official release – perhaps in the WALT DISNEY TREASURES series where it can be presented in the historical context that it deserves. Unfortunately, even that series of special Disney releases seems to have now been discontinued.


    Song of the South was ok, I liked James Baskett as Uncle Remus, but I think His best role was as the MEANEST MARINE D.I. in the Movie “THE D.I. with Jack Webb”.

  • D Downing

    I’d like to see the movie released on dvd. Maybe Disney could try releasing it in a manufacture by demand format instead of a general store deluge release.

  • ani C.

    It’s a sin to never release this movie… and the comparison to Jews and Nazis is stupid… plantation owners never tried to exterminate blacks from the face of the earth.
    I’ll look for a bootleg, that’s how much I’m interested in seeing this movie

  • Cynthia LaRochelle

    My goodness,, I never thought I would see such a flap over a film that did nothing but depict love and friendship. It even sent a message to adults which appears to have been missed by so many “so-called adults”. It an be found on Amazon. I got Song of the South and So Dear to My Heart, at the same time. Dear readers, get passed your anger and enjoy the movies. Sincerely 71 yrs young.

  • Ambien online

    There is noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made certain nice points in features also.

  • Publius

    Because this movie was never released by the disney staff when I was a kid, but kept in the vaults, I didn’t even know of its existence until my uncle and aunt told me about it. They bootlegged a print for me and my aunt, especially, wanted my reaction since she did see the movie when she was a girl and throughly enjoyed it.
    I thought the film, though watered down as far as history goes, was a good film. The songs were very enjoyable, but I wish that Disney had done more with the footage and the excellent material that he had bought. The animated sequences I thought should’ve been longer then they actually were, though the live acting was first-rate. I did not think it held any real prejudice, but simply showed what life was like back then, as GONE WITH THE WIND had done. I’m not saying that is as it should be, but I am saying the film was fairly accurate historically, although it was white-washed for a modern audience. There is far too much entertainment value in this film to be ignored forever, and I trust that the Disney money-men will show good common sense and re-issue the film soon in a good DVD or Blue-ray format.

  • Jeanne Blumberg

    I am so glad that my children (now in their 40s) got to see this wonderful film before it disappeared forever. They loved it and it was difficult to explain to them why their children won’t be able to see it.

  • Genevieve121

    Wow, all I had were vague memories of seeing the one, probably most famous song, Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, but really enjoyed the fair article and honest commentary. All it has done is make me very curious to see the rest and ensure that I will get it if I ever see it reasonably priced.

  • spindrift

    I will NEVER understand WHY this fine movie has not yet been released onto DVD. Were it not for James Baskett and Hattie McDaniel, there would be no Spike Lees and all the other black film directors and actors, they paved the way for all to follow,. I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Baskett’s ill treatment back then, he was a true gentleman and thank God we have his performance on film. If the folks at Disney do decide to release this, there will be millions of orders, mine among them. If people are offended by this, only God knows why, they are not required to buy it or watch it, for those who are not complete politically correct mindless drones, this would be a treat to own and to watch again.

  • Betty1950

    What is wrong with putting on disc?  Nobody is going to be forced to see it.  Don’t want to see it? Don’t!!  I am old enough to remember seeing it.  It’s the same with TV.  Don’t want to watch it – Don’t!!   Let those of us who want to see the movie see it. 

  • Roger Lynn

    It is a classic and it should be released on dvd-blu ray,,,,how is it worse than,Roots,Mississippi Burning,Betrayal,Ghosts Of Mississippi just a few that showed the horrors of racism….

    • Gene Bivins

      Wow, you really don’t understand, do you?! The point of those other movies is precisely that they do show the horrors of slavery. Song of The South makes the horrors seem nice, or fails to show them at all; that’s much worse than showing the truth!

      • Lmcarne40

        Uncle Remus was NOT a slave.  Uncle Remus was NOT a slave.  Uncle Remus was NOT a slave.  Get it yet?????

  • The Sugar Man

    If the crows in Dumbo are not offensive enough not to have that movie released time and again then Song of the South has every right to be released as well. And practically every western made from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s should also be not have been made available due to the truly racist depiction of Native Americans as “savages”, something that many people knew at the time to be untrue but wouldn’t get customers into theaters. Political correctness aside, the film was made in an era when really telling the truth would simply have ended any possibility of the film being made and enjoyed by millions despite its relevant falseness. Also bear in mind that we know, through writings of both slave and master that not all slave owners were horrible monsters that treated their “property” inordinately badly though the mere existence of slavery in the US was anathema to many (hence the American Civil War). This film also has two of the first African-Americans to be recognized by the film community for their work as actors and not just because they were marginalized minorities but because they were artists of real talent and force. Disney should release the film on blue-ray and perhaps have an explanatory disclaimer be included with the package so that all will understand the societal constraints that were in place at the time of the films making and that despite the obvious failings that the film is an important part of the Disney canon.

  • Bill Ward

    There is a place for Song of the South.. It is a beautiful story.

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  • Egb210

    Myself I would like to see this on DVD and can purchase it as I thought it was a great movie,I was a boy when I saw it,this was in the time that it seeemed that everyone got along with  each other
    and race was not a factor ,skin tone did not matter,where you came from like today .
    I wish somebody had the guts to put this movie on DVD and or bring it back to the movies so this new
    generation can see the movie instead of these stupid reality shows like we have to edure like today.

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  • Poppopfaber

    I loved this movie as a kid. I still have the record album. I wish that Disney would release this movie. I do not view it as a racial movie. It is a fact of life at that time. There have been may movies made showing slavery in it’s vary harsh conditions sense then. This movie shows it in a very good condition so why ban it.

  • Bill B.

    Absolutely! This movie is history. It’s the first to integrate animated and live actors. James Baskett
    won a special academy award for his performance.I don’t understand the issue. It’s historically accurate. Uncle Remus is the hero of the movie. In the Disney parks, Splash Mountain is one of the most popular rides and it’s based on Song of the South.
    Splain it to Me!

  • Bill B.

    Hurrah for Movies Unlimited for bringing this issue to light and being truthful about. I have a friend who owns a small video rental. She said she gets inquiry once a week about Song of the South and all from African American customers

  • Orvis1

    Asolutely a great movie for kids and a great movie for history.

  • CStern

    Absolutely.  This movie is just Joel Chandler Harris’s wonderful stories.  I read all of these
    to my son when he was young.  It’s a shame that people misinterpret things so much that they become banned. So, it depicts Uncle Remus as a slave who was not abused (not all of them were).  Lighten up, folks. All of our ancestors have suffered something at the hands of someone else;
    can’t we just accept that and get along together now?  Slavery was wrong, but it’s history, and you can’t remake that.  And as one very wise Black man once told me “If you think the Black man had it hard in this country, take a look at the Irish”!

    • Daisy Brambletoes

      Uncle Remus wasn’t a slave, he was a free man and the leader of his little community.  Many ex-slaves still had to work on the farm because they could get jobs.

  • C.Vernee

    I saw “Song of the South” as a child, and loved it!.  Especially Brer Rabbit.  Thru a child’s eyes, it was fun.  Wasn’t that really the point? Such a shame race came into it.  I would love to won the video

  • C.Vernee

    I meant “own” the video.  ooops

  • Linda Loveridge

    who cares what race is acting in the movie. Some people are just looking for a reason to call a movie racist..  Song of the South was a marvelous movie.  The acting was supurb. Some of the movies to day, are horrible some of them have colored people in them.  Nobody, calls them racist;.   I saw Song of the South as a child and loved it.

  • Dmbabbit

    It amazes me that blacks and whites, Orientals and Muslims and so many others claim racism. Have we all forgotten whgat the whiteman has done and taken from the American Indians? The true natives of this land???

  • Barry

    While I feel the movie can be a bit insensitive, I don’t feel it’s as offensive as some claim. It was touching, funny and clever. That and the young black actor who was Bobby Driscoll’s friend is now a friend of mine. We worked together and remain in touch.

  • Lou from Missouri

    Lou from Missouri

    I bought this dvd and have had it for years.  I know that movie has not been shown on  TCM, FOX or AMC for at least 6 years.  I have wondered why?  You can no longer buy it.  I have tried on the internet. I wanted to give it to a child for a gift. When I read the above article I got my answer.   “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is shown so many times and I could mention some others.  Let adults and children enjoy good old movies; especially when it is  Disney.  The story is so touching and the songs are great!    

  • hypatiab7

     I got my copy from right here in the US. Just look under Song of the South and there are plenty of copies available. Good ones, too.


    If movies numerous Old Hollywood movies like “GONE WITH THE WIND” and “THE BIRTH OF A NATION” are on DVD, why not “SONG OF THE SOUTH”, which is no where as offensive as those two movies?

  • LuLuMLou

    I think this was a wonderful movie then and now!  A wonderful display of acceptance by the children of each other – with no notice of color; indicating once again, that bigotry and intolerance are taught. 

  • Dmarque

    I love “The Song of the South” a delightful time at Disney when families enjoyed child fair together without the over sensitive invasion of the politically correct. A great childhood memory as i was a young boy in the early 1950s when these characters were often celebrated on The Wonderful World of Disney every Sunday night. I was fortunate enough to purchase a laser disc version of this film in Japan around 1986. I’ve preserved an old but very high quality laser disc machine solely to share this one film with friends and family. Truly a classic and loving film.

  • Kevin

    I think it’s a great film.  I don’t know what it’s like in the USA, but over here in the UK we have an industry of white folks taking offence on behalf of other races.  Now, that IS patronising and offensive.

  • tnmccoy

    Personally, I find most of the modern black movies to be insensitive, racist, and a waste of money.  I don’t need to see Eddie Murphy as a white man.  I don’t need to see the glorification of PCism as it relates to blacks and their prejudices, so clearly shown in much of the new crowd—that started with the demeaning black television shows. They were asinine, so what are we to think of blacks in general when they claim these as great shows?

  • donald rude

    I have seen song of the south. one time when I was alittle boy. I like the movie. I seen it in 1947. I sure would like to see it come out, on dvd. the songs and storey was good. I have ton of disney films on vhs and dvd. I would like to get song of sough.

  • DollyT

    Why not? Facts are facts and the story is lovely.

  • Sandy clarke

    i love it and i think the old man was a wonderful human being and very smart he knew what real love is i am a white woman with no predjuice and i have many black friends and it is about friendship and what it should be like

  • Murphyfr

    My mother took me to see this movie when it was re-released in the mid-fifties.  The song has stuck with me since.  When I was in the Navy during Vietnam I use to sing “zippity do duh, zippity day, my oh my what a wannerful day, plenty of sunshine comin our way. ” to lighten the mood. It is still in my head.  I would like to see a DVD released so I can see the movie again after all these years.

  • Sherrill46

    Since I have 4 bi-racial grands and have let them look at my cope of Song of the South.   I also tell them a little of the history behind it.  Also living in the south where the Civil war began I make sure they know that not all slaves were treated well, and that anything that holds a person back from reaching their full protential is wrong,  be it person alcohol, or drugs.

  • Jsniagra

    I would love it!! It was a great movie.

  • Karleneh

    i saw the movie in the 70’s. Uncle Remus was a kind, loving, wise man who cared about a child when his family wasn’t paying attention to him. Great story telling and not lecturing is a great way to reach children. Uncle Remus as a great man. We need more like him!

  • Daisy Brambletoes

    It is out there somewhere on VHS.  I have a copy of it.  It may have been pirated from somewhere since I found it at a flea market, but the quality was good and it proves that SOMEONE has it.

  • Barbrow1

    I have it on VHS & DVD. I ordored it from a web site. A great movie for anyone. Uncle Remus is great with the storys of Brer Rabbit. My favorit is Brer Bear, Brer Fox and Tar Baby.

  • Sjbrpt

    I own a blackballed copy of this movie. I got it for my grandchildren …because the stories told sre both rntertainment and a part of their heritage. The movie is NIETHER racist nor derogatory and heaven knows their are far worse examples of both these features out there. We cannot make the past go away by denying it nor can we see bias in every thing out there…ie the baboon in Lion King or the magician in Aladdin. Dark does not mean N—–.

  • Sageaqua

    Finest animation Disney ever did. And I’ve seen nearly all of them. They should take a deep breath and put it out for the modern world to see. It is true that it shows a happy slave. And that’s going to upset some people and most people when we think of Disney the man. We think well of him. When we think Disney the company. Most of us think will of them even thought they will never become a green company. And green support is the right thing to do. So is sharing this hidden gem with people today.

  • LensView

    While Henry Hollis’ analogy seems to nail the question, what may surprise him is that such movies were made – by the Gestapo.  We can easily see them for what they are and were.  If you’ve never seen “A Film Unfinished” you should. (It is readily available on Oscilloscope DVD.) Then place that experience alongside “Song of the South”.  The idea that we should censor history because it may offend people is to pretend it never happened.  If Disney was insensitive, so be it.  So was Preston Sturges (to wit: “Sullivan’s Travels” and “The Palm Beach Story”).  We should take a deep breath when we enter their world and be prepared to think and talk about what we see.

  • Sheri

    An enchanting movie with songs you remember forever.  It shows white and black folk enjoying each other’s company.  The generations of today do not see people as black or white – only people.  It’s just like painting a wall – it’s a color for Heaven’s sake!  Our ancestors who committed such disgusting acts are dead now.  Let the anger die with them.  Today whether you’re black, white, Indian, Mexican, Irish, whatever, we should all be allowed to enjoy such a sweet, innocent movie together.  Nobody brings different races of people together better than Disney!  Learn from my ancestors – the Hatfields and McCoys!  A peace treaty was signed years later when the absurdity of human beings being at odds was finally realized!

  • patti5979

    Yes, I believe there is a place for it.  No matter what your opinion might be as to the issue of racism or any other issue, I don’t believe that movies should be banned anymore than books should be (even though there are some really horrible ones in both genres in my opinion).  I am certainly no fan of any form of racism toward any race, but I siimply believe that people should be allowed to form their own opinions regarding issues.  What gives any person or group the right to say they should be the only arbiters of the only right and proper opinions/beliefs?  As it’s already been said, I may not agree with you, but I’ll fight for your right to believe it.                                 

  • Stan Mesmer

    would like to bye movie

  • Fiftiesbaby

    Definitely YES! Saw it on tv as a kid and can’t wait to have it in my collection of Disney movies, it’s a classic and racism aside, people can rise above those issues and should be allowed to enjoy the entertainment value.

  • A mentor

    I completely agree with Fiftiesbaby.  And there really is no racism in that movie, it was filmed in a prior period with a look at things the way they were then, why should it be judged by the standard set today???  And if you’re looking to condem a movie there are plenty to find fault with and it seems more today than ever, personally I find todays movies insulting and racist and we’re all supposed to look the other way in the name of “art and free expression”.  Then judge a classic that same way.  At least it has entertainment value and teaches morals while most today are just violence with no lessons

  • Msidd

    Absolutely! It’s a piece of Americana. To not have it there is sensorship of the worst kind.

    • Ynotsiobud Che’

      I am so happy I have a copy before the “A-HOLES have it band” it is a wonderful fun movie and I think I am a better person now that I saw the movie it is about a wonderfuf loving old man making kids happy and I am one of them when I was young and saw the movie Uncele Remus was just that Uncle.

  • Marvwaddy

    It is a crying shame that for a few “closed minded” individuals who have some pull, that this Classic movie has never been released for todays children to see… IT IS A MUST

    • smdivad77


  • BadGnx2

    I wrote earlier on this subject and SIMPLY HAD to make a few comments in response to the few that I’ve seen recently. Being African American myself, it STUNS ME as the callousness of people out here!!!:
    “Barry” relates that “he’s friends with the young, black actor from the movie” and has known him for years. But he DOESN’T EVEN MENTION THE GUY’S NAME. So obviously…YOU DON’T REALLY KNOW HIM!!! Why lie??

    “TNMCCOY” relates that he finds “modern black movies racist and offensive”. Can you PLEASE explain to the class what movies you are referring to?? I’m willing to bet you haven’t seen a so called “black movie” IN YOUR ENTIRE RACIST LIFE.
    And please tell me what t.v. shows do blacks consider really great?

    “CStern” relates that “all slaves weren’t abused”.
    “Lighten up folks…”
    “A wise black man told you that if blacks think they have it bad, just look at the Irish”.
    YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING, BUT I SADLY KNOW YOU AREN’T!! Maybe after you take your ROBE AND HOOD OFF, someone could show you the error of your ways….
    I’D LIKE TO.

    Since it first started making cartoons, the Disney company (and many other studios, too) had racist elements in MANY of their cartoons. Many of those cartoons are BANNED TODAY. And for GOOD REASON. The Walt Disney company today does not want to alienate ANY of their audiences which is why they have SELF BANNED their racist early cartoons and future showings of “Song Of The South”.
    The cartoons (many of which I’ve seen and YES they are offensive) SHOULD BE BURIED. No child needs to see that mess.

    HOWEVER, although it does contain racist elements, “Song Of The South” SHOULD BE RELEASED. Many classic films contain racist elements and are out there. The list includes “Gone With The Wind” and “Casablanca” and many, many others. “Song Of The South” is no worse than those. But again its about some sense of pride and money – that’s why Walt Disney is not releasing this movie. Although I don’t agree with their reasoning (on this film only), I do applaud their corporate stance on the matter.

    • Jim Fetterman


    • Sam Molloy

      Maybe they are scared of their emloyees learning Bre’er rabbit’s tricks about “Don’t throw me in that briar patch” and “I didn’t say it was YOUR laughing place, I said it was MY laughing place.

  • Terry

    PLEASE….lighten up everyone!  I have “Song of the South” on DVD….it was released in Europe, and ANYONE can get a DVD copy of ebay.   This is a typically wonderful Disney movie.  Those with”agendas” are the ones that have made this a racist issue.  I am frankly fed up with the “Jessie Jackson” types that want to turn this into a political and racial issue.  WHat a shame that another wonderful Disney movie is held hostage by such narrow minded people.  My advice to everyone….go on EBAY and get your own copy of this delightful movie.  

    • Ynoysiobud89

      see the movie and and made up your own mind not blindly follow “A-Hos”

      • smdivad77

        I agree.  Watch for yourself and make up your OWN mind.

    • Sam Molloy

      Thanks, I plan to do that.

    • Dolores Tamoria

      Terry you have got it RIGHT ON! I am 77 going on 78 and I saw this movie when I was 11 years old. I Loved it then and still do. You cannot change History but you can learn from it. If you cannot face reality you are doomed and retain a “Getto Mentality. I too have a Euro copy of this film and have shown it to my children and grand children.and in a couple of years I will show it to my Great Grands.

  • Tjac41166

    I am suprised it’s not already out….a classic Disney movie,  not available in American stores
    so it has to be bought custom copied on ebay or from another country, very sad and pathetic,
    but that’s what happends when you live in a politically correct libreal world, even Disney is
    subject to criticism from certain groups of no class.

  • DaniKate1


    • Tleek

      Disney can but they refuse to release it in the US.

    • Jim Fetterman

      “WHITE GIRLS” being played by 2 blacks is an insult to me then.

      • che

        Billy the kid was black  you always see him white

        • smdivad77

          Billy the kid had blue eyes.  Where are you getting your information and what does this have to do with anything?

          • Sam Molloy

            One of the Koch Brothers has the original tintype. Tintypes are reversed. I saw a show that showed if you reverse it to normal, he looks quite girlish. And records show he was employed by a brothel for a while. And Bonney was the name of a lady pirate whose name was known at the time. And so on…It’s an interesting theory, at least.

    • Ynotsiobud89

      whats with the HELLO is your mind so small you have to quote some moron so called movie person???????????????

  • Tleek


  • Jim Fetterman

    Oh please stop with the race BS!! It’s a freakin movie unless you know people of color that live with cartoon characters. Geez get over it!

  • Rupe

    I’m a 76 year old white male. When I saw this movie as a lad, I had no idea of any racial overtones. In fact, I derived such rich pleasure form the “Remus” stories, that the memory is still very brilliant in my mind. The kindly old “uncle”, to me, was just that, a kind and loveable story teller.

    • Jlyoung10

      I am the same age Rupe and agree with you.  Adults read me the story of “Little Black Sambo” as well.  What I took away from that story was the scene with the tigers turning into butter and an occasional taste for pancakes.  Perhaps what made me a tolerant person today was more the derrogatory comments that I would hear adults make and even at a tender age, I wondered why people would talk and act like that.  Begs the question:  Does the media really affect children?  I would not advocate either the book or movie today.

    • mike jaral

      I am 72 years old and all I cared about was bear rabbit. the cartoons were and are the best. the story to me meant very little IT WAS THE CARTOONS. disney is very SELFISH not to release this movie for all to see. there is nothing wrong with it. why not ban “gone with the wind” rupe is correct,plus there is a lot worse out there that is being put on t.v. everyday. shame on you DISNEY. you don’t deserve to hols the rights to that movie.

  • Hulstedtk

    “Zip-a-dee-do-dah” won the oscar for Best Song.  But just hearing it doesn’t do it justice.
     You have to see him sing it…..the best!

    • Raymond

      Oscar winner in 1946 for Best Original Song,………

    • Fred Hill

      agreed 100%.

  • Ron

    Saw it as a child and it never occurred to me that it was a racial film. And it is a part of our history for heaven’s sake and a brilliant film.
    P.C. is getting to be a pain in the ass. Things need to be judged in the time place and this film should be there for everyone to enjoy

  • Che’

    I am white  I took my son to the Doctor and there was a black boy there and he and my son played together with no problems   it is a very sad fact racists are made not born  black and white 

  • smdivad77

    I saw Song of the South when I was 6 years old and it was a great memory of my childhood.  I never saw race as part of it.  The characters could have been any color and it wouldn’t have mattered at that age.  I thought it was a classic film and I still love the music from the main character.  I wish they would at least allow the movie to be purchased by mail so that those that believe it to be worthy of viewing could do so. 

  • Acfoxes

    I have a VHS copy of this film and still enjoy it-especially the music. It brings back many childhood memories

  • Devaultmc

    Getting “thrown in the briar patch” and “tar baby” are expressions which, deservedly, became part of our culture.  There is nothing about them which is disrespectful to any race. 
    Chill, PC types!  The Tar Baby is black because he was made of tar.  The point of the story is not that he was black but that he was sticky.

  • Boyington

    SONG OF THE SOUTH is a charming and fun “time capsule” that looks at an era long gone by. Is it somewhat inappropriate in our current PC society?…possibly. But is it enjoyable entertainment for purely entertainments sake? bet. And that is why it SHOULD be released on home video and the current management team at Disney should be ashamed of themselves that it is not. (As an aside to any of you who may have a problem with SONG OF THE SOUTH, all I can say is you do have that right. But the easy solution for you is to not watch or buy it! I, on the other hand, as a normal, intelligent, thinking adult, would like to have the option available to me so I can decide whether to buy it or not. And honestly, is SOOS really more offensive to ANYONE than the SAW 1-5 series?)

  • R.L. Tackitt

    I have to say that I feel really bad for any of us of the human race that have suffered hatred, racism,  ethnic cleansing, religious wars & hate crimes. Let’s also take into consideration, that any art, writings, books, pictures, recordings, and films that define and tell a story of and during these times and will most certainly continue to do that throughout our time on this earth. When you start destroying, quit learning from, and ban any of these elements that should be kept as part of our history that has been and will continue to be an informative learning of ourselves and should be allowed from generation to generation to study, remember, never to forget and keep educating us from now until the ongoing future. When you take away and destroy any or all of what human kind has done, experienced studied and learned from, as has happened again and again in the past history of the world, we will certainly repeat the atrocities, mis-givings and all the things that we never want to happen. So let’s buck up, get a little thicker skin, a forgiving educated mind and join together all of us to keep safe the elements and tools of the past that we have experienced, studied, learned from to improve, keep abreast of to continue and keep a better world society as we continue from generation to generation. I believe if we do this all the walls and barriers will crumble and fall to give us a world of “Peace, Harmony and Love”.

  • billy wimberly

    i live in the south and i have asked some of my black friends if they would be offended if i wanted to look at “Song Of The South”. All of them responed with, ‘what is that?’. Most don’t know of the movie or have not given it any great social credence. Yes, it is a touchy subject about slavery, yet i have a black son-in-law and he said he would like to see the movie.

  • sandy

    Most people that are Disney fans know that Walt Disney did all he could to entertain. Song of the South was made to entertain. Not to show Racism.

  • Jo

    This movie is a so good. The music, the story, the animation are gems.  One section of the film that deals  with Brer Rabbit offended some people and that is too bad.  It is a story and animated to make a point not insult a certain type of race.  I loved it, and if people are mature enough and can look past what they feel is an insult, they would be in for a treat.  Disney did not release it in the USA due to what they felt would be a racist backlash.  I wish they would.  They do not make movies like this anymore. 

  • Mike48128

    I saw it sometime in the 70’s or 80’s when it was re-released for a short time.  There were both white and black people in the audience.  Mostly kids with parents (I was in my 20’s).  Nobody seemed offended and everyone loved the “Brer Rabbit”cartoons and “Zip-a-dee-do-dah.” is magical with its live action-cartoon blend (like “Mary Poppins”).  I don’t think that “the tar baby” was ever considered racist.  It was tar so of course it was black.  What color should tar be?

    Release it with a prologue or explanation that Uncle Remus was a “freed” slave or whatever, as the action takes place after the Civil War anyway.  I recently watched a new copy of “Gone With the Wind”. It is a far more racist and stereotypical film than “Song of the South” could ever be.

  • Dan Patterson

    I’ve seen it a number of times over the years and had it on video.  I don’t think of it as a racist film, and it’s so sheerly enjoyable that it deserves to be seen.  They can get Leonard Maltin to do his usual “apology” and I don’t think too many folks are going to lose sleep over it if it’s released.

  • Susan Woods

    I remember seeing the Song of the South, and I loved it.  Actually saw it several times.  I think everybody should see it, if they would just open their minds and not put any kind of racial tint to it.
    It is simply a wonderful Disney movie that tells a heartwarming story.  The ‘tar baby’ was covered in tar, so what color should it be?  The animation is magical, and you find yourself singing ‘Zip-a-dee-do-dah’ when it is over.  “My oh my what a wonderful day”!

  • Ben

    Its actually ironic that so many people have a problem with “song of the south” given that it was from disney`s pre-jewish era and the content of disney films at the time WERE appropriate as family and children`s entertainment.The same cannot be said for disney films of today because the company has been under jewish control since the 1980s and the content has become less than wholesome including implicit if not explicit racial mixing or anti-white themes.Interesting to note also that both the naacp and the national urban league,who were critical of the film,were both founded and funded by jews,not blacks.The same hypocritical ethnic group who today make distorted politically correct versions of “sleeping beauty” or “pocahontas” under the disney label and who are leading our country away from its christian roots and morality.Despite its perceived use of unflattering “stereotypes” and symbolism of a bygone era,its really quite a harmless and enjoyable film.I would be far more concerned with the filth coming from jewish-controlled hollywood.

  • Sam Molloy

    It was the first movie I remember seeing, and I took a date to the re release in 1972. I cried. I hope people have grown up enough to accept it’s good intentions.

  • Monica

    I saw it and I see nothing wrong with it.  Disney, please release this movie!!! I’m so tired of companies being afraid of the “racial card”! Enough already! If Gone with the Wind is out there, I see no reason why this movie shouldn’t be. Uncle Remus is a sweet, kind man who is also alot smarter than most people I know (regardless of color)!

  • Velocityman3492

    I have been looking for a copy of this for years.  Bobby Driscoll was from my town, Cedar Rapids IA, and I am collecting all of his movies on either vhs or dvd.  Song of the South is an extremely entertaining movie, and ahead of its time for its combination of live action and animation.  James Baskett as Uncle Remus is a portrayal that should be so dear to the heart, another Driscoll movie, of everyone who is a Disney fan.  Everyone should see this movie.  

    • a1walter2

      I WROTE TO YOU LAST MONTH.  iF YOU WANT A COPY Send me your mailing address via my e-mail  The price is right,  FREE 

  • Kksimonson

    I saw “Song of the South” when I was young. Have been trying to purchase copy. I found it being sold overseas and not compatible with US made equipment.

    • Charles (Buzzy) Wallace

      I first saw this movie in 1951 at Ocean Park, Ca., in a theather on the Boardwalk. I loved it and saw
      it five (5) times in two days, i loved it so much, but after that i never saw again intill manny years later.
      Now i have it on DVD, i bought three and gave two away to friends. Now i watch it all the time.
      I even take it with me when i travel on my laptop.
                                                      Thanks again Walt

  • Sherrill46

    I have four bi-racial grandchildren, when they saw Song of the South they wanted to know where their Uncle Reemus was.    

  • Movie Fan

    Absolutely! I remember it fondly. I loved Uncle Remis and the Music is Fantastic!

  • Richard Snearly

    I too remember it fondly and  grew on Briar Rabbit and Briar fox, the tar baby!  Zip-De-Do-Dah is one of my favorite all time ever songs!  It is one of my favorite films of all time.

  • King Corkey George

    You know  I think we should be able to buy Song of the South & Show Boat, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and all of the Amos and Andy episodes for our library. Zip De Do Dah , and Old Man River are a couple of my very favorite songs of all time!  My mother made me quit watching Amos and Andy, cuz I’d embarrass her in public by saying”Oh Hello Der Amos, How’s da Safire?” I believed I sounded just like them! Although I can appreciate how people feel they are being stereotyped. I liked Speedy Gonzales, but did not consider him any representation of Hispanics. With Native American  in my DVA, my favorite Elvis Film was “Stay Away Jo”.

  • Tomcov37

    of course it should

  • Hootowl

    I bought a CD of this a few years ago.  It may have come from England.  I loaned it to one of my kids to show the grandkids and haven’t seen it since.

  • Sharon

    Yes, but put a disclaimer on it-that it portrays black people in a negative, stereotypical way. It has many redeeming qualities, as well !

  • nick

    I was fortunate to rent a lazer disc, manuractured I believe in Japan of this film many years ago. I found the racial sterotype in the Breer Rabbit character, and also noticed at the end of the film, while the two white children jump over the log, the black child stumbles. Of course this film should be made available to anyone who wants to watch it. A DVD or Blueray chould have an auto commentary discussing these issues, or also in the extras. If this film is banned, should then not also films that could be considered racist, the black spolitation films from the 70’s such as Slaughters Big Ripoff or Hell Up In Harlem also be banned? Song Of the South is in no way a great film, but for the Disney Studio not to want to release it for the American Public shows to me that they may be cowards. 

  • Charles (Buzzy) Wallace

    I first saw this movie in 1951 at Ocean Park, Ca., in a theather on the Boardwalk. I loved it and saw
    it five (5) times in two days, i loved it so much, but after that i never saw again intill manny years later.
    Now i have it on DVD, i bought three and gave two away to friends. Now i watch it all the time.
    I even take it with me when i travel on my laptop.
                                                    Thanks again Walt

  • Sabuckethead

    Ok, having never seen this, but only hearing negative stories about it through my life I have this to say.  If it can be acknowledged that the film includes racial stereotypes and it set in a place in time in which these stereotypes were used and that these are no longer politically correct–why would this be denied for viewing?  History books don’t skip over the negative parts because they may offend others.

  • Tom

    It’s pretty darn sad that where saying racial and Disney in the same sentence, release the movie
    on home video, all age groups can watch it, so either buy or don’t buy,  please folks this is nothing compared to what’s out there now….some folks just need to get over it, what happend 150-200 years ago didn’t involve us, so stop crying about it and grow up!

  • Bizor

    Without a doubt, make it available. Put it on the Disney channel, anywhere that kids of all ages can see it. Its a story for goodness sake, it has music that will stay with you as long as you can remember.  So in this day and age, there may be a few who are offended because it is politically incorrect. Who started that nonsense any way. Which is better for all kids to see, an old man telling a story to kids, or vampires, and the walking dead. No one forces anyone to watch anything.Keep telling yourself its a story!

  • Vinci67

    I LOVED SOTS.  Uncle Remus was so very lovable and the animation was way cool; I remember all the songs and his stories all had a lesson.  Is this because the man was black?????How very stupid.  Please make it available-I’ll pre-order now.  Like Bizor says-vampires, walking dead, zombies, murder, curses-that’s okay but do not show a wise old black man telling cute stories??I just don’t get it.  I saw this as a child (yes, I rode my dinosaur to the theatre) and I can honestly tell you I didn’t see a black story teller-I just sawUncle Remus.  I also only saw a detective when I watched the old Charlie Chan movies, not just a Chinese (well, pseudo) man.  I sure hope today’s kids get to meet Brer Rabbit!

  • Tomcov37

    Anyone that thinks SOTS is racist is just a bloody fool.  How great it would be for every kid to have had someone like Uncle Remus in their life.

  • Scottie259

    I would love to see Song of the South again and would purchase it for my home.  Sure hope you make this happen. 

    • Charles Oliver

      It can be bought.  Call 1-800-MYSOUTH and they can tell you where to get it

  • Davewmosley

    Of course release this wonderful and heart-warming film!!! This Political Corrective crap is aweful and it seems like Disney is giving in to it. They even censored part of “The Small One” film. Walt would be ashamed of you all!!!

  • Sandyclarke47

    I loved the movie sots and loved it it was wonderful!!!!!i wished i hada uncle Remus in my life and i wish my grandchildren could have one too.

  • Charles Oliver

    It was a great movie and every Southerner, black or white, should show it to their kids

  • Gina Yarber

    Absolutely! It’s a wonderful movie, with good songs, wonderful actors, and stories that teach a lesson. I never did understand how this film was considered racist. It shows a portion of our history, and Uncle Remus is the hero here. It’s okay to watch people be murdered, dismembered and tortured, but people have a problem with this movie? Are they insane?

  • jwiles

    yes. the music is great and the story is heart warming. one to watch over and over and over, etc.

  • Colf

    I can certainly understand the feelings on both sides, My opinion is that film is a time capsule and cannot be judged by todays politically correct standards. As an example Our Gang is considered to be racist by many.  I don’t perceive that and feel those wonderful shorts have a place in todays world. On the other hand minstrel fare such as Amos and Andy I find very distatseful and am glad that has not followed us into the new millenium, but I don’t think itr should be blacklisted or made available only ion bootleg form. I say make everything available. People will decide what they want and what is appropriate. I saw this movie in theatres as a child in the 70’s; the only thing I remember from it is that I thought it kinda scked. I think adults on a nostalgia trip would be the actual audience for this. Kids today probably don’t want to watch Disney live action from the 50s-60s. Not when Pixar is cranking out such fine entertaining fare. ON a side not I am more ticked that Warner decided to make some Bugs Bunny/Loony Tunes shorts unavailable, at least last I checked… and Mr Magoo …overdubbing Charlie’s voice to eliminate the accent… c’mon now…. the world has certainly moved on in some ways but our sense of humor and fun certainly hasn’t.

  • Rmrogan

    ABSOLUTELY!!! it is such a shame this wonderful well acted movie is not on video/dvd while so many poor Disney movies as well as other poor/bad movies are. 

  • Nativeangeleno Doug

    Release “Song of the South” on Blu-ray immediately!

  • Donnahartel

    I loved the Song of the South and remember it when I go on the ride splash Mountain at Disneyland.
    I do wish we could get dvd or blu-ray. I think this movie really gives the best story of kindness and no children with bad  thoughts. Today is so out of control.

  • Speechcoach

    I agree. In the original stories, the dialect of the African Americans was written down for the first time. I was raised in the 50’s to believe that everyone was equal to each other. My parents took me to the film and explained the parts that were stereotypes and the parts that were American versions of African stories that had been brought to this country. I agree that the live action parts are a bit cloying but the film is seen through the eyes of a child. The child does not see inequality. He sees in the character of Uncle Remus a man who is a role model;  kind and compassionate. Both sides of the argument need to focus on this instead of the negative attitudes that seem to prevail in this country.

    • Cyn

      I have both films on DVD thru Amazon. “Song of the South” and “So Dear to My Heart”. Saw them in the theatre when I was a chid and fell in love with them. I never had those negative feelings either my family taught me that. I still watch them from time to time and I get such a warm and happy feeling. In these times we need all the happy we can get.

  • Tracy

    I would love to have Song of the South on dvd.  I loved the movie ever since I was a little kid and love the Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah song.  I saw in in the 80’s and did not even realize the slave part of this movie.  To me it was about a boy dealing with his father not being there and I was kind of in that same place.  The song just made me happy and cheerful.  It is a happy childhood memory that I would love to experience again and again.  It showed that no matter how different you looked or lived that you could work it out and be friends.  I realize that some people may be offended by this movie, however there are a lot of things that offend people in this world and if we cut out everything that offended someone it think of everything we would be losing.  Disney released this in England and all they are doing by not releasing it here is encouraging the bootleggers to do it for them.  I cannot tell you how many of these have been sold on ebay or at a local flea market and they are very expensive.  They could even just release it as a disney movie club exclusive.

  • b jackson

    I would buy it now if I could.  I saw it as a child in the 40’s when it first came out.

  • Metaldiva

    Yes, Song of the South should be released on DVD.   If they can put “Birth of a Nation” on DVD why not this.  Our American society is so different now.. with a careful disclaimer it can shine on the merits of the entertainment alone. 

  • jpw3415

    I bought Song of the South several years ago in London on DVD. One must remember that Song of the South was taken off the market in the USA only, by Disney. The NAACP as inept as they are wouldn’t trust their own members to make decisions for themselves. So they bashed the film and put pressure on Disney to pull it. I would think that the majority of the black community today wouldn’t give the film a second thought on it’s content. Song of the South can be had just about anywhere overseas, just not in America.

    • Fred Hill

       Lucky you.  I would like to get a copy of it too.  Do you have a source?

  • chrijeff

    I see no reason “Song of the South” shouldn’t come to DVD.  The books it’s based on continue in print and on library shelves.  “Dumbo,” with its politicaly incorrect crows, has been released at least twice. In any case, I’m ag’in revisionism.  (Don’t get me started on that or I’ll get kicked off these forums.)

  • Douglas Murphy

    I think that the public should be asked to make the choice of whether or not to buy it. Feel the same aout another musical named “Porgy and Bess”. Both of these amazing films should be made available.

  • Gmcauley

    I think so, some bleeding heart faction will say no, but I say let’s take back our rights!

  • Ex-Submariner 663

    Of Course it does. It was an Oscar winning movie for Disney. It could be reissued with a disclaimer similar to the one that Warner Bros uses on there “Golden Age of Looney Tunes” collection. In it is a description of how times have changed since then (some for good, but not always). Just because it may be controversial, the lessons learned from the Uncle Remus stories can still apply today.

  • Tropshirt69

    i am so sick of hearing this upsets me or i have the right    B S… don’t have the right not to be offended it’s not a law …if you feel offended…then don’t watch or buy ..bothe these movies song of the south and porgy and bess should be released if you do want to watch then don’t buy or rent them….get over yourself

  • Film Fan John

    The lead character Uncle Remus, is the HERO of the film! Not one frame of this film is insulting. The Animation is delightful, the story life-affirming and it all should get a full flung Theatrical re-issue, followed by a extras galore DVD/Blu-ray release. 

  • Steve

    While I totally get and respect the feelings towards the “racist” undertones (my GF is black), I also agree with Film Fan John, it really is a life-affirming film. But beyond that, it’s a real part of our cinematic history. Look at the classic HOLIDAY INN, which has a black face number in it. At the time it was “acceptable” and has been on DVD for years. Of course when they show it on TV they edit out that song. Anyway, my point is America’s film history has had highs, lows and plenty of controversy, but it’s all in the make-up of who we are as people. So, yes, I firmly believe SONG OF THE SOUTH should be released on DVD/BluRay, as it already is in most other countries.

  • Leedegrance54

    It is such a well made movie, but political correctness will always make untenable.

  • vlbptt

    Yes, definitely! I think it has to be appreciated for the time it was made and the era it depicts. You don’t complain that Da Vinci’s colors aren’t bright enough, you marvel at what he accomplished with the tools at hand. Roles for Black actors were limited at that time. Bottom line, Uncle Remus was workin’!

  • Joestalin

    Yes, ifit  was used as a learning tool to exhibit the absurdity of showing how happy African Americans could be under the institution of slavery.  Song of the South (like Gone with the Wind) is NEVER something  I would show to my child; it’s a cautionary tale about how our country can rewrite a people’s history.

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  • MatildaOlivia

    I grew up not far from where Joel Chandler Harris once lived; I was familiar with the Brer Bear, etc. stories as a result. As to the Disney Uncle Remus, his story telling role reminds me of traditional & revered roles of the story teller in many cultures — called griot in many West African cultures. The griot, male or female, had political power, was a peace maker, used the stories to teach the children etc. A varied role, historically, for this person. From this perspective, I think that Song of the South should be reissued — use it as a teaching tool, & some good entertainment, too.

  • Jeanne

    Oh gosh!!.  I first saw this movie when it first came out.  I was just a toddler and I fell madly in love with Bobby Driscoll.  (my first crush)  My family was very poor and hard working.  I did understand how “Johnny” felt.  I was too young to know about racism.  I only saw 3 kids who needed Uncle Remus.  I felt the love and warmth when the kids were with Uncle Remus.  When Uncle Remus was leaving, I actually cried out for him to come back. 

    When I had kids, and the movie was re-released, I took them, and they loved it.  I understand the politics of it now.  But, come on, are we ostriches?  It is, after all released in other countries.  Why should we deny our children the beauty of Uncle Remus’ wonderful story telling ability?  It is just not the same with only the sound and animation.  One needs the whole picture to appreciate it.  People used to go to movies to “escape”.  What a wonderful way to do that. 

  • Lavon Dunaway

    Song of the South should be released. If for no other reason than to remind us of where we’ve been. It’s not always pleasant. For example, I simply cannot stomach watching any movie with the actor called Stepin Fetchit. It makes my skin crawl. But I think that’s a good thing. It’s good to see myself having these reactions to films that, perhaps, my father saw nothing wrong with. But, with Song of the South there is one more element. The music and the animation. These things are worth preserving too. So is the uncomfortable feeling one may get from watching such a movie. 

  • Gmc3609

    Release the film, it’s a form of history.

  • mike

    as a kid growing up in the 40’s(I was born in 1940) I find that song of the south was a wonderful movie , and thought nothing of slaves or blacks or plantaions. I only thought of the cartoons, like all the kids on the south side of chicago did. Only the ugly minded adults bring this up till this day. its okay to show sex. killing and drugs in the movies and t.v. but a nice family movie like this they will not release. makes me just angry and sick. and to compare a jewish person to this is nuts. no one in this movie went singing away to the gas chambers. the Black Commentator Website could have used one better example rather than that poor anology. some groups of people are never satisfied. every kid today would love these cartoons and music of this movie. Ban Bambi, cause it’s to violent, between the killing by the hunters, and the fight between the deers. that scared me more and stuck with me more than any film I saw as a kid. its about time our adult minds  grow up and become mature adults.   mike from weston florida

  • Ejbailey3450

    I believe that, with all movies, the watcher should have the final say in what he or she would like to see.  I have waited years to see this movie again and would certainly love to own it.

  • Hurricaneholt06

    The live action with the slaves is so over the top as far as stereo typing goes. It is now laughable. We all know better.I saw a bootleg copy a while back and all I kept saying while I was watching the live action was “you have got to be kidding!!  There’s things to learn in the Animated half.

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  • Rray2

    I saw Song of the South on Disneyland when it was called that on TV as a small child and fell in love with it.  I guess I should tell you I am white and grew up in a multi-racial neighborhood in Seattle where in those days we all got along.  I served 24 years in the Marines and ended up retiring in North Carolina in 1988.  I did see some racial bias when I first got back here in 1981.  We all went to Disney World in the early eighties and while there I ran across a shop that sold Brear Bear, the fox and other characters from the movie so I asked for the movie because I wanted to buy it.  I was told they didn’t sell it and when I asked they didn’t know why.  So since I was staying at a Disney resort I asked the public relations people to find out why not.  A couple days later I got a call  and told it was because Disney got pressure from black groups (as they were now called) and won’t sell it.  I saw more racism in the film “Gone with the Wind” with Hattie McDaniel and “Pork Chop.”  I bought a pirated copy on the black market and the quality wanted to know where is extremely poor.  I wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper about the copy I got and the feelings I had and I had over 30 calls from people that felt as I did and  wanted to know how to get a copy so I told them.  I think it should be re-issued.  I would by one and so would thousand of others.  

  • Jacksonmb6

    I actually have a version of the movie I bought online, a pirated version to be sure, but I am glad that I have it as I collect all Disney movies and it wouldnt be the same to be missing one.  I find this movie endearing and feel children should see it.  I also find it it ironic that GWTW is considered a classic and not this one.  I also love GWTW and they really never showed exactly what the slaves went thru.  They were just loving parent models to the daughters.  Not sure why this one is set aside as a racist film.

    • Evelynne

      Jacksonmbo,  If you have a video of “Song of the South”, it IS pirated, and you are breaking the law.  Our dad worked for Disney for over a decade and “Song of the South” was NEVER released by Disney studios.   Hope no authority sees this message.

      • Wayne P.

        If you buy it off of Ebay and its a old classic its not considered pirating as its for home viewing only…its illegal only if you sell more current movies…this info came from a retired law enforcement officer who said they only choose to enforce the law on this basis because he sold these at a flea market himself (putting the DVDs under his movie poster counter so as not to advertise)…maybe some “authorties” would choose to make an exception for SOTS but only if they wanted to make an ‘example’ out of them and thats hardly fair or consistent!

      • wethepeople

        The public didn’t like prohibition. And they don’t like this either. Revolution. Storm the castle. History. Get it ?
        We want this movie back !

  • Judy May

    I loved this movie when I saw it and I regret that my children and grandchildren never had the opportunity to view it.  Surely there is room in our lives to see an innocent view of childhood.  Even without the film my family has perpetuated the stories of Uncle Remus through the written word.

    I don’t wish to thrust bitter memories for any group of people but can’t we still smile at innocence?

  • Fatman

    phatman    – i have a copy that was released in England. I guess that they are a little more tolerant over there. I got it at a Christmas show. No I would’nt sell it for anything, I do not see where it could be offensive to anyone( who is not racially motivated themself). You remember when the grandmother asks for advice from “uncle remus”- how is that a slam against anyone?

  • Hank Zangara

    OK — Here’s the bottom line:  (Is someone from Disney reading this?)  

    Song of the South is a mix of two things– some of the best animation the studio did in the 1940s, and the controversial live-action story.  So here’s the solution: Separate those two things.  Release the animated parts as part of a “Rarities Volume Two” tin box set in the Walt Disney Treasures DVD series, intro’ed with a Leonard Maltin disclaimer.  That way, at least the animation fans and historians can benefit from the pleasure of experiencing this fine cartoon work, without the Disney corporation having to endure complaints from outraged parents (as if).This is what my daughter said upon seeing Brer Rabbit et al on the Splash Mountain attraction in Disney World:  “Who are those guys, Daddy?”

  • Ed Tully

    Yes, of course it should be available for purchase as it has been in England for decades.

  • Charles Christesson

    It’s a lovely movie and should be respected and enjoyed on its own terms.  Why can’t we see it, in part, as a celebration of the the triumph of the human spirit over its environment?  Does any movie have to show the entirity of era it depicts?  Are oppressed people miserable every moment of their lives, or do they find what sweetness and happiness they can in the direst of circumstances, even create that sweetness and happiness for themselves? 

    • flarrfan

      Oppression and misery are a daily lot for many people, no matter what their color, and more of them need a “laughing place” of their own to make it to the next day.

  • Sharon

    I sure hope so just as their should be a place for Amos and Andy. I grew up on Briar Rabbit and Briar Bear. Their philosophy and reversed psychology  techniques by Briar Rabbit I’m fairly certain owes to my being alive today! I would by at least two copies myself.  There should be one in every Video library in America. Just add some disclaimers that it may offend people, so an adult is recommended to be present. Not offing this movie is as crazy as having change our school motto, from the “Chiefs”

  • D.P.

    I would love to see and own the movie.  Have never seen it, love the soundtrack and ifstory takes place after civil war,seems like it would be alot less offensive.  I would like to use my own judgement, afterall this is a free country.If I can burn the flag, why cant i watch a racially controversial movie?D.P.

  • Raymond

    The last time I saw SONG OF THE SOUTH was when Disney re-released for the last time in theatres back around December of 1986…..At the time of it’s re-release it was being boycotted by several organizations including the NAACP for its portrayal of racial stereotypes. And to this day this movie will NEVER see the light of day on either DVD or Blu-Ray. However,the only time you will get to see SONG OF THE SOUTH,that is if you’re lucky is to catch it on college campuses in public screenings during February’s Black History Month on rare 35MM Color film.

    • Raymond

      Yeah, Walt Disney himself was a straight up racist.

  • Gerald Blanchard

    It is a work of genius. ’nuff said.

  • chrijeff

    First of all, “Song of the South” at no time mentions or upholds slavery. Uncle Remus is simply “there,” telling his stories. Second, the character of Remus was based on actual slaves and ex-slaves that Joel Chandler Harris knew, so if you’re going to blame anyone for the way he’s portrayed, blame Harris–and the fact that at the time it was fashionable to depict blacks in a certain way. Third, there are many, many substantiated instances of slaves–usually “house” and “yard” slaves, the most trusted and intelligent–staying on with “their white folks” after emancipation. And fourth, the real focus of the movie is Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear, and the rest of them, who are simply folkloric characters, just like Sleeping Beauty or Johnny Appleseed. I honestly don’t understand what all the fuss is about–but then, I think Political Correctness is idiocy anyway.

  • flarrfan

    There was one quick scene in SOTS (which I watched for the first time yesterday) that I felt was significant and has been overlooked. It was a shot of Remus’ cabin and then from Johnny’s point of view (lesson intended for the kids?) a shot of the plantation. In 1946, with the mass market of filmgoers still in thrall to the more offensively inaccurate ravings of M. Mitchell as translated to the screen in GWTW, it seems to me that this shot, together with the hand-holding at the death bed scene, mark some significant departures from traditional Hollywood treatment of race relations. I think an overall message from the film has gotten lost in the controversy, and that the conventions of the time have contributed to that.

  • Ken Minor

    Uncle Remus is a legend. I learned the story in elementary school. It created a child-like respect in me for him and all the wonderful characters. What’s wrong with that??? It’s also a story that deals with man’s humanity to man. So are all the great stories ever told about humans–including Jesus as a man living 33 years on Earth. Would we not tell His story–just because He was crucified on the cross by cruel human beings? In some deep, inexplicable way, that degree of cruelty and suffering by an innocent human being endears us more to Him–and His Promises–than all the other stories in the Bible. That’s the same way Uncle Remus affected me. It’s a story about bad humans and good people, combined. Isn’t that the story of humanity??? Tell us the story of Uncle Remus again, please! It has so many of our human qualities in it, both good and bad. Show us good. Show us bad. Teach us how to overcome the one to celebrate victory in the other. Isn’t that the essence of the worst and best of us frail creatures of the dust??? I am an Alabamian who found Uncle Remus rich, instructive, and focused on making all human beings kinder and gentler toward one another, regardless of race, creed, or religion! Let it instruct my grandchildren as it instructed me. They will be better for it! So will the world around us! Ken Minor

  • mike stiles

    I’ve had to be satisfied by bootleg copies of the english vhs for years and have always had to give them away to anyone seeing them. Everyone loves this movie.

  • Debra

    I am 59 yrs old and I Loved this movie when I was a Child. Uncle Remus was a wonderful story teller and there is nothing racist about this movie. Black People take things to an extreme. Get over it !!!

    • FMAYasha12

      Hate to say it but, that comment about Blacks taking it to an extreme was kind of racist. Whites take it to an extreme too.

  • Debra Roddy

    Oh and I live in GA and have been to the Wren’s Nest as a Child many times. The Wren’s Nest is where Joel Chandler Harris lived in west End Atlanta, GA for many years. He wrote Uncle Remus, there at his home. The house is Gorgeous and when I was a child the back yard had figurine’s of Burr Rabbit, Little Black Sambo and all of the animals and a Life Size Uncle Remus sitting out there with all the animals around him and he was telling them stories. It was Awesome, everyone enjoyed being there, it was so much fun and no one thought of him as a slave, we thought of Uncle Remus as a Wonderful, Kind and Funny Story Teller. I read that this original Uncle Remus that sat in the beautiful Back yard was found in the attic of the house and sawdust was coming out of him. What a Crying Shame. That makes me sad, I would have Loved to take my Grandchildren there and my Children, when they were young would have just Loved it all, the same as i did !! What a waste of Precious History !!!!

  • FalmouthBill

    This must be old timers movie, I’m 70, and I saw this in the movies as a kid, at the RKO Memorial theatre on Washington St., in Boston, circa 1950, and have a copy in my movie library.

    Unfortunately, there probably is no need to bring this out again. Different times, different values, different childhoods, different homelifes !

    Ours were simpler times, and we grew up with Dickens, Twain, and Walt Disney. Todays “kids” grow up with computer games that blow up, or kill several people in the first five minutes, or they lose interests. I doubt they even read books, or for that matter “kindles”. All they read are texts which have their own language, spelling, and meanings.
    And as for the Walt Disney aspect, they grew up watching “The Simpsons”, “American Dad”, or “The Family Guy”, of which I am a fan of all. Kids today know things at 7, that I probably didn’t know til I was 13 ! I feel the “old” Walt Disney films, Peter Pan, Dumbo, Bambi, and Song of the south wouldn’t fly with todays youths over 6 yrs. old.
    Is this good or bad I can;t say, but as the old expression states, “The times they are achanging” !

    • FMAYasha12

      It’s very sad to me that that is how most people think of my generation (I’m 13). I grew up with many classic Disney movies, Peter Pan and Dumbo actually being two of my favorites! True I watched Simpsons once but, It wasn’t nearly as bad as it is now. I play video games but really don’t like the super violent shoot-’em-up games. And as for books? What past time is better? I desperately want to watch Song of the South. It seems like a nice movie from the tiny clips haves watched. But, I am most likely one of a few kids who want to see this movie.

  • J Davis

    I loved the movie, I was raised that we were all the same, took dancing lessons from a black man, I was white going to school with Jewish, and all sorts of religions, but it was white mostly. I loved Uncle Remus, and thought of him as a grandfather figure. I guess I understand why some people would not like it but I like him and his stories and Brer Rabbit etc………I would love to be able to buy it…………

  • fbusch

    I saw this film as a young boy. I’m 73 yrs. old now, And while the cartoon portions are still clear in my mind, I had forgotten most of the live action. Oddly, I still see warmly “Uncle Remus” telling his stories to the children. Being entitled to an opinion, I think that P.C. is just a crutch for those who, regardless of color or political bent, to whine about what others have and do, instead of standing up and doing for themselves. The only racial bigotry I’ve experienced in my personal life has been directed at me by people who have never been slaves or rednecks.

  • puppy

    Yes, there is a place for Song of the South on Home Video, I have wanted this movie for years and years. I loved it as a child and loved Uncle Remus. What a loving and fabulous acting job in this movie. It is a plus for children and adults alike in a world full of hate and detrimental thoughts. This movie brings people together not segregate them.

    we, especially our children, all need hero’s, and this movie is just that a hero in OUR time, more just need to see it. Please do all you can to get this movie in many homes. Our kids and we, need it. Children will have a new love of the people in the movie and a love for the type of man Uncle Remus is. There was never a racial thought in my mind, not then as a child and not now at 67,only love for the people in the movie

  • DollyT

    I am going on 78 years of age and I saw this film as an 11 yr old. I love it. I am German, Scotch and Filipino and raise in Chicago . Never felt any racial overtones either. I have a copy of this film and will hand it down to my great grand daughter. History is history and life is what you make it.
    Learn from history and don’t repeat it’s mistakes.

  • mssophia

    I agree. I still use phrases from this movie in everyday speech…like “pleez don’t throw me in that briar patch.”
    I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of this Disney classic. It’s time for people to relax and enjoy the heritage this shows.

  • AJ

    I always thought it was great. Look at the face of that man. He is beautiful. The songs were classics. Growing up in Chicago, I had no idea what black people where going through. I never knew any racism and took great joy in learning all the songs in school. To keep it buried for any reason is very sad. The more we learn, the more we learn. I would buy it just to look into the face of that wonder actor playing Uncle Remus. He’s grand and dignified, brave and kind. As I have not seen it for decades and saw it as a child enjoying a movie of the era, I do not remember hurtful. As I said, I was not raised to be prejudice against anyone so I missed what might have been painful. If we could see it again, then maybe I would understand.

  • AJ

    I forgot about Little Black Sambo. I never thought of it being bad. I thought he was a genius to trick the tigers! I loved the story and read it over and over. I also loved Amos and Andy. I thought they were as funny as Laurel and Hardy. There were so many comedy shows and comedians, they all did the same thing. Abbot and Costello, the Marx Brothers, all portrayed the same kind of comedy. Gosh, I loved when I was growing up. We had it all.

  • Fred Hill

    I too saw the movie as a youngster in a theater. AT the time it was just a sweet film about an elderly black gentleman telling stories about some animals who were mischievous. The songs were my favorite part of the film.especially “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah”. I would l ike to think by now that this movie could be released to the pubic again without all this bough-ha.

  • Mike48128

    I recall this movie being re-released about 20 years ago? So many Hollywood Movies depict black people in a negative or stereotypical way. Even the old “Topper” movies with Eddie Anderson. I think it has been banned because its reputation is worse than its “bite.” Maybe because it shows a “Disneyfied” version of the old South after the Civil War? I recall a rather cosmopolitan racial mix at the show when I saw it, and a good time was had by all. Would you ban Mary Poppins because it makes a passing reference to “Hottentots? How silly! Even a slightly “edited” version would be fine with me.

  • Mike48128

    I would even accept an introductory prologue explaining its “faults”, as long as I could by-pass it as a DVD chapter. Until then, I will look for it on DVD with the animated stories (only) but it must contain the “Zippity-Do-Dah” song and animation or I won’t buy it at all.

  • Mike48128

    Other films with racial overtones that you can buy on DVD:”Holiday Inn” with that horribly stupid blackface routine “Abraham” –yes that is Bing Crosby in blackface! The musical “Finian’s Rainbow” (The senator is “wished” black!) “Hairspray”-2 versions. (Black kids on an “American Bandstand” type-show). …And yet Song of the South is unavailable.

    • Mark

      It should be pointed out that blackface performing was first done by African Americans who were not allowed to perform as African American actors back on the stage in the 19th Century. It has only been considered offensive in recent years because it’s original purpose has been lost. At the time of the Jazz Singer it was part of the culltural zeitgeist and quite acceptable, not as a racial statement like today. To view Song of the South so harshly as some do is saying more about modern society and in my opinion that is Racist. It’s a naive movie at worst.

  • Mike48128

    Yes. I forgot about “White Girls.” A dumber, stupider, more racist movie has never been made???

  • realbadger

    I for one have never understood the “racism” aspects claimed about this film (I too saw it in theatres in the 1970s for its re-issues). “All” I saw was a boy making friends with a same-age boy, same-age girl, and an elderly gentleman who happened to speak the colloquial dialect of the period at which the film was set. Is there protest with the flowery, near Shakespearean language of the “Spartacus” series on Starz, as it implies that [could have been] the dialect at the time?
    And the real antagonists of the films are Jinny’s white brothers; there is zero animosity between blacks and whites in the film.
    btw, Remus wasn’t scolded so much by the grandmother but by Johnny’s mother; the grandmother was well aware of the father figure Remus was representing to the boy.
    It is one of the first films that ever could make me outright cry, both the post-bull bedroom scene, and the closing number.
    [Thankfully one can acquire the film on DVD via Japanese sources (some with and some without embedded Japanese subtitles)…]

  • g. grandma

    I saw this film when it was first released – I loved it then and still do. I see nothing racist about it.
    All it hints at is pre- Civil War slavery – which is not the best of our country’s history. I mostly remember this film for the gentleman who played Uncle Remus and the charming and gentle way he told his stories to the children. I have been hoping that this film might become available on DVD in the near future. How sad that people can’t see beyond black and white.

  • COJVMovies

    I love this movie and I wish the morons at Disney would release on disc.

    • Daisy

      The Disney people are very nervous about anything that might be deemed as racist. Ever seen the grotesque editings in “Fantasia” to make the Pastoral sequence “acceptable” to PC eyes? Then, too, there was “The Frog Prince” made in recent years. It bent over backwards not to look racist, and it just looked PC instead. I grew up in New Orleans, and there is (nor was there) ever a tradition of selecting a Mardi Gras King (and there isn’t just one; there are quite a few Kings or Queens – one for each Krewe (club). There is none of this idiotic royal family stuff in Mardi Gras. The King is selected. Someone else from the Krewe is voted Queen, There ARE NO princes or princesses. In Tiana’s day, the black Krewes were small, only one of them (Zulu) well known. And that same era, the spoiled, silly white girl wouldn’t have been anywhere in sight. I wanted to like this movie, but it was just too ill-informed for my taste. They could have made the same film with a little more accuracy and a lot less PC, and it would have been a lot better.

  • cinemabon

    Ah, yes… who can forget that scene in “Day at the Races” with Harpo – “Who dat man? Dat’s Gabriel!” I’ve notice that several are quick to point out there’s nothing racist about Disney. Unfortunately, Disney was as guilty as the next studio for perpetuating the “colored” myth and that is rather racist, if you want to be truthful.

  • Gary B.

    I have a place for it on home video between “Song of Bernadette” and “Song of The Thin Man”

  • Jane

    Well, if Walt Disney were able to tell us to release this movie, I’m sure he would say …….Yes! The stores and websites would be so backed up, they couldn’t put a reasonable price on it! It would be like cabbage patch doll. Only by a lottery ticket! We would love a copy too!

  • 1949

    i loved the movie, songs and book. I would buy the DVD in a heartbeat. There are many current songs and movies that are seen and heard today that portray blacks as gangsters,drug users and morally depraved members of society. And that isn’t racist? I find these much more degrading of the blacks. Should we also consider censoring movies and TV shows that show women in stereotypical roles? Overboard, ditsy Doris Day movies, Leave it to Beaver, Donna Reed. Movies are a form of art… typical of their era. These older movies often do reflect the status of society at their time… good or bad. Like art…good or bad… should be seen through that lens. And I believe most reasonable people do see it that way.

  • Karen

    I love this movie. I’ve been trying to buy for many years. It is not sold in the US, but can be purchased overseas.

  • Jery

    I remember, fondly , this film. The brer rabbit stories were favorites in books , before the film came out. My friends and I sang zippyty do da all the time. I see no reason that this film should not be released, for racial reasons. What about Gone with the wind? If one looks hard enough, you can find something that someone feels is degrading. I would buy this film. If Disney releases it in DVD form, it should be captioned, and sub-titled for world wide purchase. If I am not mistaken it was released in Asia. I could be wrong. RELEASE THIS FILM, and let the public decide. If you find it offensive, DO NOT BUY IT.

  • Carolyn Ferrante

    “Song of the South” is a wonderful vintage film! It’s too bad that the PC bullies suppressed its release for so long. I bought it through mail order about 10 years ago. There’s nothing racist about it. Uncle Remus is a wonderful role model for all of us.

  • Rich Heierling

    Keep politics out of art!

  • Griz

    The movie should be released on DVD with a second DVD about the controvery!

  • memorythis

    Born ioriginal was lucky to view this in a movie theater at 3 yrs old. I have remembered the peace and kindness that brightened my heart. Racism was not the focus I remembered as a young impressionable mind. Pls Disney release it. It is one of the first memories I remember. I long to view it in its entirety as an adult. Disney helped me grow into a kind loving anti-racistt person. And it started with song of the south

  • Bill

    Song Of The South was a a most real, innocent, movie. Yes Song Of The South will have a prominent place in my film collection if it is ever released.

  • soft soap

    I remember seeing SONG OF THE SOUTH as a child and was enchanted with the stories of Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox. I remember reading LITTLE BLACK SAMBO also until the book fell apart. Its a very expensive collectable today. I hope both can be reissued and perhaps used as a tool for discussion with little children who aren’t as naïve today as I was back then.

    • Daisy

      Little Black Sambo does survive today under several different titles, and it is still a great little story. But everyone does seem to get things wrong. The boy in the story was from INDIA, not Africa, and it was the storyteller who got their facts wrong — and there is still the glaring error that tigers do not live in Africa, and Indians are a completely different people who are not the same as black Africans, and neither would have had a boy named Sambo.

  • rick

    You need to see Shadrach with Harvey Keitel and Andie Mcdowell it is about a old black man that returns to his plantation to be burried with his family of slaves. This movie is very good and quite comical to watch allthe trouble now that people can not be burried on their own land anymore. Harvey Keitel will have you laughing about all the predicaments he gets into with Shadrach and all the things he says. Truly a great gem of a movie.

  • Boobear

    It’s a beautiful, sweet movie with light-hearted songs that should be enjoyed by all.

  • coolray

    i have this movie and i think everyone should have it… i think it is great for all kids no matter their heritage. i’m in my 70’s and i still enjoy it…

  • DeLores Wright

    I am still searching to have a copy of this….

  • Steve of Norwich UK

    I saw “Song of the South” in an Odeon Cinema in Scarborough, England in the 1970s and do have an early video copy. I think it’s a brilliant film and should be available on DVD. It is clearly set in a specific historical context, and I can see it might make slavery look vaguely ‘pleasant’, but the main black characters are shown with affection and in a very positive light, in fact it tends to be white characters who aren’t so nice. Disney have released early short Mickey Mouse cartoons as part of their “Disney Treasures” range on DVD, and Leonard Maltin explains on the DVD how no-one would approve of jokey racist portrayals in the present day, but that these works of art should be available for us to see. Couldn’t Disney do the same with this film. It contains many classic Disney moments it seems a shame to deny Disney fans this treasure – the brilliant mix of live action and animation is astounding and the songs wonderful. It really carries an emotional wallop too, never fails to have me in tears at the end.

  • fran of glen burnie md

    we have a copy of this precious movie—what a masterpiece! movie lovers should all have a chance to see and view it and give their honest opinion with no thoughts of racism,prejuidice. or hate ,negative feelings whatsoever just go in expecting to see a typically honest and clean,with no cuss words, sex scenes, nudity, murder,shootings.stabbings NOWHERE IN SIGHT> All our children should be granted the blessing of viewing Song Of The South! This is my prayer for all our children. Amen.

  • vicki

    in dont have a copy i would like one it is a masterpiece

  • Monique LaCosta

    I do not think I should buy this film for my collection. If TCM shows it, I may watch it 1 time. I do not think that it has a place for me.

    • Winklefriend

      Since it’s buried in the Disney vaults, don’t look for it on TCM any decade soon.

  • Mike from Novi

    I saw it in 1972. The audience was “mixed” I suppose you could say. Everyone enjoyed it, and by the end of the film, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. I bet that most of the people who continue to complain about this film being racist have never actually seen it at all. It’s just pure “Disneyfied” entertainment and no more true-to-life than “Pollyanna”,”Pete’s Dragon” or “Mary Poppins”. Next they’ll be banning Speedy Gonzoles for talking like a Mexican Stereotype. (They did ban Porky Pig because some genius thought it made kids studder.) Many movies of the 1940’s, especially those from Hal Roach Studios (and he didn’t just make “Our Gang” comedies) were far movie racist. Eddie “Rochester” Anderson made a living for decades doing this, and in the 1950’s was a treasured part of the Jack Benny Program. What about the Charley Chan Series and the Mexican Spitfire movies? Films making fun of Jews? I could go on…

    • Daisy

      Actually, there WAS a short-lived effort to ban Speedy Gonzales; but guess who put a stop to it? Hoards of Mexican fans who loved Speedy and didn’t like Liberal Gringos telling them they should be offended by smart, tricky, brave little Speedy who was seen as a hero. If said this before, with all the debate about the name of a certain foorball team, maybe it should be named the Washington Thin Skins for the small number of people who are so terribly sensitive to any perceived slight.

      • SGF59

        Just as Mighty Mouse is a hero,,,,just like Underdog, Super Chicken, …….we have really gone around the bend when we are disturbed by cartoons.

    • Winklefriend

      Actually, the “Speedy Gonzalez” cartoons have been banned from TV because of the reason you gave. I recall seeing an interview with the adult “Farina” (from ‘Our Gang’) saying that he never knew what racism w-a-s until he left Mr. Roach’s employment. He may have been the valet, but did not “Rochester” got the better of Mr. Benny every time? This PC jazz wore out its welcome loooong ago. Does anyone really think all blacks are shiftless and lazy? Not anymore than all the Jews are like Jerry Lewis or the Stooges … or that all Italians are gangsters. I recall some years back that Fox Movie Channel cancelled a “Charlie Chan Weekend” due to “sensitivity issues” from Asians. Frankly, I think Mr. Chan worthy of admiration; a loving husband, caring father, loyal friend (even though the friend is forsaken by others), and works on the side of law and order; not in the drug trade.

    • SGF59

      Rochester laughed all the way to the bank, able to work steadily and for better pay that most during the Great Depression and Beyond. He turned up in Charlie Chan movies, Jack Benny Films, and even the Topper series. His characters were imitated by other African American Actors, but nobody had the proper comedic timing and expressive gestures and facial expressions. I never thought less of him, nor did I ever view him as less intelligent. He was playing a role and doing so excellently. He was respected by all those he worked with, the proof being that we remember him vividly to this day and remember his full name Eddie “Rochester” Anderson. There are literally hundreds of “character” actors where their names are completely lost to history

  • Daisy

    I picked up my VHS copy at a comic book convention many years ago. Where they come from is anyone’s guess, but obviously it was bootlegged by someone. In those days I didn’t know much about bootlegging, but it was still a nice little movie. I couldn’t find anything racist about it other than what some people might have read into it. I can remember “tar baby” jokes when I was in school, but that was quite a different era, and the film itself doesn’t deserve to be condemned by what some schoolyard boys said 50 years ago.

  • Bill Bartlett

    Absolutely! Song of the South was historic . It mixed live and animated characters. Bascombe won an academy award for his Uncle Remus and those who consider it inappropriate have never seen it. Uncle Remus is the hero of the movie. I had a friend who ran a video store several years ago. She told me that Song of the South was her most requested film and mainly by African Americans. BTW – take this from an old history teacher. The movie is historically accurate. Final point – the most popular Disneyland attraction is based on Song of the South – Splash Mountain

  • jeanne40

    Can we actually buy this CD? The movie was great. I am now 73 and can still sing the famous song.

    • tearsofjade

      There was a question to our local paper re the same thing, and the reviewer who answered says this can’t be purchased in the USA, & that foreign bootleg copies are one heck of a risk cos they’re often poor quality. I’d almost give a body part for a copy of that movie. I 1st saw it as a kiddie in the 50’s. I didn’t know what racism even was. This flick wasn’t any more “racist” than Amos & Andy!

      • SGF59

        Part of humor, what makes things funny, is an exaggeration of truth. That is why we laugh at Archie Bunker, or George Jefferson (two modern examples of stereotypes). We identify with the characters because we can see a bit of ourselves in them…..some of that laughter is embarassment, because we realize how easily we could slip into those extreme behaviors and how ridiculous is.

    • tearsofjade

      Sadly, we can’t.

  • bumper61

    Disney release this movie. The time has come to let the public buy a piece of Walt’s dream. I would love a copy for my collection.

  • Joe

    I saw this movie as part of the Walt Disney Presents show on TV. As a preteen I enjoyed the movie as did all of the Disney pictures to that time. My grandfather had black men that he employed and he had a tendency to work late. There were many a night when those individuals were invited to have dinner with us. No one ever brought up any issue about who they were.

    Additionally, I remember looking at “Amos and Andy” on CBS TV and found them no different then watching “The Honeymooners”, “Life With Riley”, “The Goldberg’s”. In the same vane they are a number of Hollywood movies of the 30’s and 40’s that showed Minstral Music black face).
    These events are all part of our collective history. I believe that they should be shown and remembered in in the context in which they happened,

  • Michael Taylor

    What do people think of the fact that JAMES BASKETT could not go to the premiere because no hotels would give him a room. People need to realize the reality of life back then for blacks. Also the fact that Walt Disney himself did not like black people and made insulting racist images of them in his movies every chance he got.

    • Winklefriend

      ” … and made insulting racist images of them in his movies every chance he got”.
      For example, if you please …?

      • BlytheSurvived

        I think this movie, rather than endorse the Antebellum era or the Jim Crow South, disguises a blistering indictment of it, by using Christian metaphors to unite the characters.
        To Michael Taylor’s point that Baskett was subjected to racist segregation, I think it would be a daunting task to find those that would defend the institutional racism of the past, but contrary to his opinion, this movie seems to shatter the race myth rather than endorse it. Who wouldn’t want Uncle Remus as their grandfather? Clearly the movie is depicting a terrible time period in relatively flattering terms, but not every movie is going to be a racial commentary on this nation’s historical legacy and even the racism and classism within the movie is made to look foolish by its ending. This movie was about children who found love and friendship in an unlikely place, during an unlikely time. Surely, most people have room in their hearts for that message? Then again some people just don’t like Disney.

    • SGF59

      And this very movie could offer an opportunity to explain the reality of that time in our history….without it, the discussion doesn’t arise and people are not made aware. Is that a good thing? It is a shame that James Baskett missed the premier, but please look at the context of the comments here. Everyone treasures his portrayal and has nothing but respect for his talent. Would you take away his legacy, his ability to speak to future generations, because he was slighted back when the movie premiered? Would that be something he would wish? Despite Disney’s personal attitudes this beautiful movie was made so we could appreciate Baskett’s talent. Ironically enough, Disney didn’t like children either, but what is the majority of his body or work-kid friendly, family entertainment.

  • Richard Parsons

    I think it should be left up to the individual whether or not they see this movie. I will decide what is offensive to me. I will decide what is obscene to me. I will decide what is good for me. If you don’t like what I like then don’t join me in my pursuits. Especially when the complainers might find themselves in the minority if a vote were taken.

  • Jan Flower

    Please get “Song of The South” released on DVD. I look for it all the time, hoping to find it. I saw the film when it was first introduced. I think I was five. Every time it was shown, I saw it again. I never recognized “Racial” problems in the film. My grandparents lived outside Atlanta on a farm and whenever (once or twice a year) I visited we went to a nearby farm where there was a very old, white haired Gentleman who told about Brer Rabbit and his friends to however many children had gathered. We sat in his swept dirt yard and we were all colors! We had no thoughts of “color” we were just there to hear the wonderful stories. He was paid of course but I don’t know how much. He performed a service just like storytellers have done for all time and we loved him. When he died, people came from all over to honor him. It is a great shame that his kind of talent and sharing have fallen by the wayside because of people’s distrust of others based on Color! Get the film released so that all children, including old children like me, may enjoy it again. You cannot see this film without feeling joyous – I don’t care what color you are!

    • SGF59

      Most of the stories were like Aesop’s fables, designed to teach a greater moral lesson without beating anyone over the head and preaching. Why we cannot take movies and books in that same context is simply beyond me. Thank the lord that the animals cannot sue us or we would have multitudinous law suits from Ants, Grasshoppers, Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, because we portrayed them in a stereotypical or unfavorable light. The Big Bad Wolf would be seeking some big bad cash in court.

  • denturedude67

    This is a very entertaining movie, “G” rated and one the entire family can enjoy. As for any racial stereotypes, there are dozens, if not hundreds of movies that have been issued on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray that are more racially charged and offensive than this movie. Like so much of what is available for viewing today, if you don’t like it, don’t buy it or watch it. I look at the banning of this movie from publication as intolerance. I remember seeing Song of the South as a child and appreciating the gentleness and kindness of Uncle Remus. Yes, he was black, but I didn’t see him that way. I related to his personality and how he interacted with the children. His character made such a big impression on me that as I grew up, having friends at school and later in the work force who were black was just normal. They were people just like me except their skin was dark. I hope it will be released in a video format of some sort. It would be convenient and perhaps not as offensive to those who are opposed to its release if it were available digitally for download on the web. That way, only people who really want to see it or have it in their library will have to deal with it. It is not like we are forcing this on anyone, like some of the stuff going on in our country right now with the government forcing people to accept things we do not want or agree with simply because a very small minority think they are being discriminated against. Enough said. Please release this move on video so we can enjoy the characters and story once again.

    • tearsofjade

      I would call the “blaxploitation” flicks of the 70’s pretty rude, yet they still play on late nite TV. Those make Song of the South look downright tame!

  • Winklefriend

    I’d far rather see Uncle Remus telling his tales (with those great voices and knockout animation) than hear one of today’s thugs say the “n”-word on the screen. Besides, was not Uncle Remus a sharecropper, not a slave. Could he not come and go as he pleased? If anyone thinks it a “racist” film, then don’t buy a copy, but leave the rest of us alone. I avoid MALCOM X and THE HURRICANE for those same racial reasons, but didn’t protest at those DVD releases. Take your choice and pay your money; it’s just that simple.

    • SGF59

      Valid point, one can always turn the channel, shut off the TV, read a different book…..Nobody is forcing anyone to view the movie, but obviously, there are many who enjoy it on many levels

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  • sandy clarke

    yes i loved the movie and think it would be good for kids today it teaches love, kindness and friendship and i would have loved it to have a uncle remus in my chidrens and grand children in their live

    • BlytheSurvived

      I couldn’t agree more. Please see my comment above.

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  • BlytheSurvived

    Perhaps it is time to reconsider Song of the South.Buried deep within the Disney Vault is a whimsical collection of children’s stories about Brer Rabbit in a racially-charged controversial film that opened in 1946 at the post-WWII dawn of the Civil Rights movement. While some find
    racial overtones and metaphors in the Uncle Tom-like depiction of Uncle Remus, instead it is a beautifully rendered yet disguised jab at the body of the segregated South. Rather than a movie that is resiliently offensive, as one critic has described it, it rebukes racism and chastises classism in favor of a simple and noble idea; practice kindness.

    Historically, too many audiences have chosen to see this movie through tainted lenses of race. The result is that seventy years after its release, an entire generation only has
    two ideas about the movie: (1) it is racist, and; (2) the cartoon characters
    are animatronics on the popular Splash Mountain ride. Some only know about the movie after riding Splash Mountain and using Google to find out who Brer Rabbit is. Many who have
    seen the movie find the plantation workers as stereotypical and offensive caricatures
    that are an attempt to whitewash a terrible racial history. Others defend the
    movie as something more innocent, but often fail to highlight the overtly
    Christian metaphors that criticize segregation rather than promote it. They
    miss that The Song of the South is not a commentary on the racial past but a vision for a better racial future in which not race nor class nor gender is a barrier to friendship. The movie ends
    with three innocent, kind, and pure-hearted children that are white, black,
    male, female, rich and poor happily spending their days together without
    distinction or supremacy playing in a whimsical fantastic world, where the only
    adult present is the meek, gentle, warm-hearted, good natured, Christ-like Uncle

    It is Uncle Remus that young Johnny is chasing after when he is attacked by a bull. It is
    Uncle Remus who he calls for even after his father returns, and it is in Johnny’s
    efforts to prevent Uncle Remus from leaving that the parents on the plantation
    realize that they were wrong to try to separate them. In the Book of Matthew
    Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the
    kingdom of Heaven belongs to these.” That kingdom is displayed when Brer Rabbit
    reveals himself to the children in the field. Only they and Uncle Remus see the
    cartoon. The childrens’ reactions are not astonishment, though Uncle Remus is
    astonished, it is acceptance. As if, of course the presence of what some would
    call impossible is not shocking, it is inevitable. It is inevitable that the
    good-hearted people of the world will unite, if not in this world then in the

    There is no doubt that this movie is set in a place and at a period of time when the worst
    examples of human nature were prevalent. However, to revisit that time and
    offer a vision for a more peaceful existence is not resiliently offensive, it
    is hopeful, optimistic, perhaps a bit naïve, but ultimately endearing and
    welcome. I hope that a generation of children will be introduced to this movie.

    • tearsofjade

      Do you remember or have you ever seen the politically incorrect cartoons from the 40’s, with cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny fighting really funny versions of Hitler? Or Hirohito? Those were a gas, yet are never shown any more, not even on specials. WHY? The PC crowd. These cartoons provided moral support and comic relief during trying times in our history, now they’re somehow “bad”.

  • Matthew

    “Song of the South” is much, much better than “Mary Poppins,” a despicable film that, among other things, pretends the British Empire was racially homogenous, by a wide margin. There are literally no people of color in it at all. And the obnoxious “Step in Time” number is just stealth blackface…in 1964! The part where Admiral Boom confuses the chimney sweeps for Hottentots pretty much confirms it. Cut it, and you lose their motivation to go down the chimneys into the Banks’ house. Why the people who attack the superior “Song of the South” and every other Disney movie for perceived slights against whole groups of people let that movie off the hook is beyond me. If Disney hadn’t pulled “Song of the South” from circulation, many people would see “Mary Poppins” as the smarmy, inferior knockoff it is. And it has other problems unrelated to its view of race; Mrs. Banks giving up her suffragism, the ludicrous way Mr. Banks gets his job back at the end after the script already took away any reason to care about him, watering down the title character’s darkness and mystery, increasing the role of Bert the Chimney Sweep, who appears in one chapter of the book, to the role of male lead and putting the horribly miscast Dick Van Dyke in the role, the unnecessary animated sequences that were done better before and after.

    In “Song of the South,” the reason Johnny sought Uncle Remus’ advice is because white children were bullying him for his lace shirt collar, a situation that, sadly, echoes what is going on today not just in the South, but throughout the world with people being attacked for being gay. The bullies’ sister is the only white person who comes to his aid and makes any attempt to understand him. And unlike “Gone With the Wind,” the sharecroppers have personal lives. And despite technological advances that have come since then, James Baskett’s ability to envision the animated characters being there is unparalleled. The opening shot of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” photographed by the great Gregg Toland who also was the director of photography for “Citizen Kane,” is a technical marvel in the way it seamlessly transitions from all-live-action to a mix of live-action and animation. The line from “Song of the South” to the likes of “Life of Pi” and “Avatar” is a direct one.

    For that reason, and the fact that Disney films with far worse racial, ethnic, and sexual stereotypes are still allowed to children (they even made a movie called “The Devil and Max Devlin” where the Devil was played by a black man, and that’s still available for anyone who wants it), it’s time for Disney to lift the embargo on the film and make it continuously available in all media, to be treated the same way as other live-action/animation hybrids like “So Dear to My Heart,” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” “Pete’s Dragon,” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”

    • SGF59

      Your post merely illustrates how we can learn from what has happened before and that throughout history, there have always been groups that have been bullied and have had to cope with stereotypes. Hopefully, one by one, we can learn and not have to continually fight the same battles among ourselves.

  • uptempo

    If, with modern technology, we could go back and take every film, especially the good ones, and tweak them to include not only more people of color, and gays that are not objects of humor, and keep the stars, and the story lines, and most of the dialogue, all that is not injurious or insulting, and modernize them to the (more) inclusiveness of today……if we could, well, would we? Just imagining what it would be like.

    • ihavetopickastupidname

      Really… to what end? So they all can be PC? Whose definition of PC are we going to use?

    • tearsofjade

      These older movies are meant to be shown just as filmed. If studios did what you suggest, would they even be the same movies we remember? NO, they wouldn’t, they’d be just poor imitations, like all of the remakes of good old movies that we see now. I’d mention The Women, a great 30’s flick that was remade horribly & died an awful death, or the Godzilla remake that bit the dirt pretty fast. And NOTHING beats the original Dracula, tho its been “re-imagined” over and over. RoboCop & Judge Dredd are 2 more p*ss-poor remakes with younger stars to satisfy the millennials. Pink Flamingos can be considered in pretty poor taste, altho a great cult flick, I don’t see any one locking IT in a vault for eternity.

    • SGF59

      Movies are a reflection of the times and the situations in which they were made. They are the ultimate time capsule, and as such shouldn’t be changed. They give us an idea of where we were and how far we have come, and how far we should be striving to achieve. History teaches when we are allowed to view the messages.

  • Charles M Lee

    I think the movie should definitely be released. If people love the movie and want to see it then release it. If I don’t like it, I have the ultimate weapon, I don’t have to buy it. People should be very careful wanting to censor something. If that can of worms is opened then where does the censorship stop?

    • ihavetopickastupidname


    • raysson

      The last time “Song of the South” was re-released in theatres was during Christmas of 1986. The last time Disney put it out there and after a string of protests and boycotts was put in the Disney vaults…never to be seen again. It was re-released numerous times during the 1970’s and early-1980’s. But to this day, it has been censored and restricted from commercial release on DVD. If you want to see it today, go onto a university campus during Black History Month where they played it on special occasions where it can be shown in its original 35MM film print.

  • sezne

    you can get amos and andy but you can’t get song of the south?

    • raysson

      Not while the powers that be over at the NAACP have there say on this……Not to mention other organizations that refused to let the corporate racists at Disney released this anytime on DVD…it will never ever happen nor it will never see the light of day.
      The best way to see this film is on a college campus during Black History Month where it can be shown in its entirely on 35MM film.

    • raysson

      I agree in some point……you can put on the entire seasons of “Amos and Andy” but can’t put out this Disney classic? But you can put on DVD a box-set for the entire seasons of “Hanna Montana” but not “Song of the South?” Disney can put out a DVD-Blu Ray release of “Mary Poppins” and “Fantasia” but not this movie? Why???

  • DollyT

    It’s a beautiful movie “PERIOD”!

  • William Hooper

    More on Hattie McDaniels; when the furor was fanning; she asked the Fanners if they would rather she be a real maid making $30.00 a week or play one and make $300.00? They had no answer. And I, a very white man, grew up listening to Miss. McDaniels as Beulah on the radio and would loved to have Beulah around my neighbor. Both as Mammy and as Beulah she did a lot to introduce many of us White Break American children to black people. Long may her Star shine.

    • tearsofjade

      Can’t remember the name of the movie, but it starred a very young Shirley Temple and the great Bo Jangles together. They danced hand in hand up & down a staircase, an interracial first for the time period. Blacks & whites did NOT touch during scenes, so the 2 of them blazed a trail. Bo Jangles played a butler if I remembere rightly, but he was intelligent, talented, & his character was that of a very kind and loving man who thought the world of Temple’s character. Imagine THAT great flicked being yanked cos of Bo Jangles’ character? THAT is what’s offensive to me.

  • Mike Gillispie

    It’s CENSORSHIP! Plain and simple. It’s no different than book burning.

  • Carolyn Ferrante

    “Song of the South” is a wondrous vintage movie. Every child as well as adult should see it. It IS available. About 10 years ago I bought it through some ad in a general magazine, but I don’t remember which one!

  • Erwin Kurt Giesemann III

    Check out the Crows in Dumbo

  • Jerry

    Wonderful movie I saw as a child. I wasn’t old enough to accept it as anything other then an enjoyable experience. It took awhile but a few years ago I found it available in VHS online from overseas. It was in the European format but I was able to have it converted to our standard for VHS and can still enjoy it to this day. There are too many narrow minded people who refuse to see the forest because of the trees.

  • loving

    I love this Movie…… I have seen movies that I thought should be up QUESTION….. BUT I guess the NAACP look over those. This is a new day, this move is about family, love & friendship what some of us are lacking today. I hope one day I will be able to purchase it.

  • Joseph23006

    I remember it from its first rerelease, I was about six, and wondered what happened to it afterward. I found the DVD, fully restored from MayanCastle, and it was as I remembered it. I think that parents should watch it with their children and explain how things were different in the 1860s and 1940s; that would be better than hiding it or denying that it ever existed.

    • sister_petra

      Thanks for the info on MayanCastle. We need to spread the word on this.

  • Tom K.

    First: This fine and entertaining movie is Not Racist. It depicts the era from which the movie superbly represents. Second: Not being able to find “Song of the South” ANYWHERE on V.H.S., I purchased it on Video Disc { movie had Japanese Subtitles } and had to watch it at the local library, since they were the only ones in town that had a video disc player. This was very inconvenient, to say the least.

  • srw6666

    I still have my 1990 laserdisc from Japan (which was very easy for me to obtain in the mid-90s, tho’ I have to admit talking to Michael Eisner’s personal secretary was a surprise), english soundtrack in the right channel only, and since buying it 20 years ago I have only screened it 4 times for different people. James Baskett’s performance is outstanding, not just in the animation, but in the scene he does with Hattie McDaniel. Say what you want about the racist nature of the film, those two both won Academy Awards in their careers — no small feat, especially in that era.

  • BillM

    If there is no mewling and puking about a piece of garbage like MANDINGO why all the gnashing of teeth about SONG OF THE SOUTH? There is nothing wrong with the film that the editing of about 3 minutes of the film (with the help of censors and the NAACP) wouldn’t make it available to the movie loving public. Grow up,folks.

    • androphiles

      If we’re really “grown up” we don’t need the censorship, thank you very much.

  • Caleb Kuester

    This is a story. As such, it’s assumed that there are fictionalized interpretations. Nobody gets upset at the Metroid story for misrepresenting white women. One place you can find this movie, if you’re curious, is through torrents.

  • Patricia Trevino

    I enjoyed this movie as a child and remember Uncle Remus fondly. Perhaps, films like this led to the tolerance and acceptance that should have come much sooner. In any case, banning history doesn’t change it.

  • Patricia Dries

    I seen Song Of The South when I was a little girl and I loved the movie. I can’t understand why Disney don’t put it on dvd. It’s a wonderful movie and iI think that the children of today should be able to see a wonderful movie like this. What is wrong with people of today?

    • NJ Lady

      Patricia Dries — It is on DVD. I found the advertisement for it in a magazine, but I don’t remember which one. You can probably get this classic movie online from Amazon.
      Good luck to you!

  • Bytowner

    The fact that Uncle Remus can leave the farm at all would indicate that this is AFTER the Civil War, so I don’t see a problem with this film being released to those who appreciate classic Disney animation.

  • Trollio

    We have to look at this historically. Here is a movie that is pre-Jackie Robinson in which the black man is the hero of the story. The dad is obviously in support of the freed slaves. The kids play and don’t care about race or social status.

  • SGF59

    There are those who want to pull Gone With the Wind as a movie and also as a book. This type of censorship does nothing to improve relations for anyone. We need to understand where we came from in order to have a clear vision of where we are going. Our country is an evolution, a coming of age, and as we are human, we have made mistakes along the way. To wipe them away, ignore and hide them, means that future generations might well fall into the same stereotypes and mistakes. Politically correct serves nobody accept to aggravate hurts and prevent real understanding

  • NJ Lady

    “Song of the South” should have never been hidden away from its audience(s) for so many years! It’s a beautiful film and merely reflects a particular time in American history. As a matter of fact, the only person shunned in the film is a bratty White child! Political correctness comes from the extreme Left; why should they have such power as to what Americans shall or shall not view? BTW, I happen to own this movie. I bought it online about five years ago…and it was about time!

  • Bean Nut

    I have a copy of it on VHS. I never would have guessed that the movie was so rare….

  • First

    I say order the bootleg copy or download the torrent. Then when Disney “finally” releases it, NOBODY will buy it. Would be poetic justice for them to lose money for something the public has been requesting for decades. I purchased three bootlegs by mail for me and my family. Disney lost money they could have gotten from me. All this racial excuse. There are black and white people, living, working, and dying in the USA. Get over it. I saw the movie at a theater when I was younger and was really too young to appreciate the movie. I just liked the cartoon parts back then. Now, I am blown away by the animation mixed with live action, and for this to have been made back in 1946 proves Walt Disney was great. Seems the people such as NAACP screaming race, are the most racist people to begin with. There is nothing bad about the film and it sure beats some of the trash that modern movies are producing (especially for young kids). The bootleg copies I purchased were made from the laser disc and the quality was good. There are also fairly good copies available through torrents on the internet. Get a copy now before Disney “officially” releases the title. Maybe next time the public requests a film, they won’t hoard it for decades.

  • DollyT

    I aw it when it was first release and it was beautiful. I have a bootlegged copy also and I treasure it.