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    Posted: 30/July/2017 at 01:58
Quote It is a topic that is often mentioned, but until now has never been taken seriously by the company. Recently, Whoopi Goldberg, the voice of Shenzi the hyena in The Lion King, stated her desire to see the controversial 1946 film made available in the United States. Based on the collected Uncle Remus stories of author Joel Chandler Harris, the film follows an innocent young boy from Atlanta named Johnny (Bobby Driscoll) who moves with his mother to his grandmother’s plantation. (His father remains in Atlanta to work as a newspaper editor.) On the plantation, Johnny learns a series of life lessons from Uncle Remus (James Baskett) in the form of stories about the animated Br’er Rabbit (voiced by Johnny Lee) and his quest to evade Br’er Fox (Baskett) and Br’er Bear (Nick Stewart). Included amongst these cartoon interludes is “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” which won the Oscar for Best Original Song and is one of the most famous and beloved tunes in the Disney library.

While Disney is usually quite happy to revisit (and remake) their classic films for the sake of their adoring fans, Song of the South was last shown in theaters throughout the United States in 1986. However, after the recent shareholder meeting, the decision was made to release the notorious film to Blu-Ray, DVD and digital either late this year or early 2018, meaning that it is going to be made available for release on home video in the United States for the first time ever.

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Wow. This is huge news. 

I saw the movie when it was shown in 1986 and I remember quite enjoying it. Yeah, I can understand how people could see it as racist and how people could have gotten offended by this movie, but really, there is no point in continuing to ignore such an important part of Disney's history. Besides, there's Splash Mountain at all the theme parks which is clearly based off of the movie.

In my opinion, there is no racism in this movie whatsoever and Uncle Remus is shown to be very intelligent and as a father figure to Johnny, in contrary to some thinking Remus is depicted as a buffoon. And I can't wait to buy it upon it's release and enjoy it like it was meant to be enjoyed.
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Your kidding right?
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Saw reports of this a couple of days ago, and couldn't be any more excited for this. It's a wonderful film and Uncle Remus is one of my favorite characters of that era of Hollywood (he's wiser than all of the white characters). It was works like this which reduced racial tensions at the time.
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Again are you kidding? I genuinely cannot tell.
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Not kidding.
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Next, you'll explain to me how D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" is in no way racist or insensitive. 
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I've never watched that, so I wouldn't know. 

Anyway, with Song of the South, there are HUGE misconceptions with the film that have been taken as fact over the years.

Misconception: This film glorified slavery
Fact: There is no form of slavery depicted in the film

Misconception: This film is blatantly racist and insults American minorities
Fact: There is no mention of race nor is there anything that could be even considered insulting

Misconception: The master-and-slave relation is so lovingly regarded
Fact: There is no forced servitude

In fact, in the story, Uncle Remus decides, completely of his own free will, to leave the plantation setting with no repercussions or reprisals from it's owner.

Am I saying there aren't black stereotypes in the film? No. Am I saying that it's not without material that could offend the easily offended? Maybe not, but on the whole, this film is about one child's bond with a kind black man who honestly gives a stunning performance. Couple this with the animation wrap-arounds that PREDATE Mary Poppins, and you have a Disney classic that has deserved this recognition for a long, LONG overdue amount of time.
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