July 14, 2011

Rediscovering [Walt] Disney: Vintage Advertising: "Song of the South"

Boxoffice Magazine 11/9/46 - Click on Image to Enlarge
Song of the South is an 1946 animated film based on the Uncle Remus stories written by Joel Chandler Harris, which were based on African-American folk tales.

The film have not been released on VHS in the U.S.A. and on DVD & Blu-Ray worldwide because of accusations of racism, but the film maintains a strong following with many Disney fans. It features the song Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, which won the Academy Award for Best Song and is still a popular favorite; James Baskett's performance as Uncle Remus won him a Honorary Academy Award in 1948. The film's animated segments inspired the popular Splash Mountain ride and the 8 main characters, Sally, Toby, Favers Brothers, Mrs Favers, Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, and Brer Fox are still frequently seen at the Disney Parks. However, because many children today have not seen Song of the South due to the fact it has not been released on home video in the United States, visitors to Splash Mountain have often been perplexed as to what Disney characters are featured in the ride. (via The DisneyWiki)

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