Disney Song of the South

Song of the South is tied up and gagged in the Disney Vault, possibly never to enjoy the freedom denied to its main character.

Just The Facts

  1. The film is not available on DVD within the US- suppliers ship it from overseas.
  2. Source of the song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah", which won an oscar in 1948.
  3. Since lovable slaves became taboo, Disney has avoided having black main characters until 2009's Princess and the Frog. That's 63 years.

The most accurate representation of race relations since 'Birth of a Nation'

This YouTube video asks, "Is this racist?" No...

...but this sure is.

Song of the South is considered by some to be a masterpiece due to its innovative combination of live action and animated footage. However, the Disney company has yet to release the film on DVD in the United States because of one small problem... it portrays slavery in a positive light.

It has been argued that the film is not racist, but simply portrays pre-civil war race relations and slavery was an unfortunate aspect of the time period. That's all well and good-- those who forget history are doomed to repeat it right? And it's not all that different from other portrayals of slavery in works of fiction:

One of these things, is not like the others...

See? Basically the same.