Thanks to Disney's efforts, Baskett won an honorary Oscar in Also cast in the production were child actors Bobby Driscoll , Luana Patten , and Glenn Leedy his only screen appearance. Driscoll was the first actor to be under a personal contract with the Disney studio. Washington school in Phoenix, Arizona , by a talent scout from the Disney studio.
Production started under the title Uncle Remus. Back in Hollywood, the live action scenes were filmed at the Samuel Goldwyn Studio. On the final day of shooting, Jackson discovered that the scene in which Uncle Remus sings the film's signature song, "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah", had not been properly blocked. According to Jackson, "We all sat there in a circle with the dollars running out, and nobody came up with anything. Then Walt suggested that they shoot Baskett in close-up, cover the lights with cardboard save for a sliver of blue sky behind his head, and then remove the cardboard from the lights when he began singing so that he would seem to be entering a bright new world of animation.
Like Walt's idea for Bambi on ice , it made for one of the most memorable scenes in the film. There are three animated segments in the film in all, they last a total of 25 minutes. The last few minutes of the film also combines animation with live-action. The three sequences were later shown as stand-alone cartoon features on television. Nine songs are heard in the film, with four reprises.
Nearly all of the vocal performances are by the largely African-American cast, and the renowned all-black Hall Johnson Choir sing four pieces: two versions of a blues number "Let the Rain Pour Down" , one chain-reaction-style folk song  "That's What Uncle Remus Said" and one spiritual "All I Want". The song title "Look at the Sun" appeared in some early press books, though it is not actually in the film. The film premiered on November 12, , at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.
James Baskett was unable to attend the film's premiere because he would not have been allowed to participate in any of the festivities, as Atlanta was then a racially segregated city. Song of the South was re-released in theaters several times after its original premiere, each time through Buena Vista Pictures : in for the 10th anniversary; in for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney Productions ; in as the second half of a double bill with The Aristocats ; in for the th anniversary of Harris's classic stories; and in for the film's own 40th anniversary and in promotion of the upcoming Splash Mountain attraction at Disneyland and Disney World.
The entire uncut film has been broadcast on various European and Asian television networks including by the BBC as recently as The film minus the infamous Tar Baby scene which was cut from all American television airings was also aired on US television as part of the Disney Channel's "Lunch Box" program in the s and s until December 18, The strip was launched by King Features on October 14, , more than a year before the film was released.
The previous comic strip adaptations of Disney films lasted for four or five months, but the Uncle Remus strip continued for almost thirty years, telling new stories of Br'er Rabbit and friends, until the strip was discontinued on December 31, Produced both by Western Publishing and European publishers such as Egmont , they continue to appear.
It featured 23 illustrated stories of Br'er Rabbit's escapades, all told in a Southern dialect based on the original Joel Chandler Harris stories. The Walt Disney Company has not released a complete version of the film in the United States on home video given the film's controversial reputation. However he favored its release in Europe and Asia where "slavery is a lesser controversial subject". Quotes of Uncle Remus from the film are still carved along the wall of the ride at all three locations.
And at some point we're going to do something about it. I don't know when, but we will. We know we want people to see Song of the South because we realize it's a big piece of company history, and we want to do it the right way.
Despite not having a home video release in the United States, audio from the film—both the musical soundtrack and dialogue—were made widely available to the public from the time of the film's debut up through the late s. In particular, many book-and-record sets were released, alternately featuring the animated portions of the film or summaries of the film as a whole.
These segments were part of the Christmas special, One Hour in Wonderland , which promoted the then-forthcoming Alice in Wonderland. In July , after being inaugurated as a Disney Legend , Whoopi Goldberg expressed a desire for Song of the South to be re-released publicly to American audiences.
Bosley Crowther wrote in The New York Times , "More and more, Walt Disney's craftsmen have been loading their feature films with so-called 'live action' in place of their animated whimsies of the past, and by just those proportions has the magic of these Disney films decreased", citing the ratio of live action to animation at two to one, concluding that is "approximately the ratio of its mediocrity to its charm".
Charles Solomon, reviewing the film in the Los Angeles Times during its re-release, praised the film as "essentially a nostalgic valentine to a past that never existed, and within those limits, it offers a pleasant, family diversion for holiday afternoons when the children get restless.
The score by Daniele Amfitheatrof , Paul J. Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten in their portrayals of the children characters Johnny and Ginny were also discussed for Academy Juvenile Awards , but in it was decided not to present such awards at all.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:. The film has received significant controversy for its handling of race. Disney publicist Vern Caldwell wrote to producer Perce Pearce that "the negro situation is a dangerous one. Between the negro haters and the negro lovers there are many chances to run afoul of situations that could run the gamut all the way from the nasty to the controversial.
The Disney Company has stated that, like Harris's book, the film takes place after the American Civil War and that all the African American characters in the movie are no longer slaves.
When the film was first released, Walter Francis White , the executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP , telegraphed major newspapers around the country with the following statement, erroneously claiming that the film depicted an antebellum setting:.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People recognizes in Song of the South remarkable artistic merit in the music and in the combination of living actors and the cartoon technique. It regrets, however, that in an effort neither to offend audiences in the north or south, the production helps to perpetuate a dangerously glorified picture of slavery.
Making use of the beautiful Uncle Remus folklore, Song of the South unfortunately gives the impression of an idyllic master-slave relationship which is a distortion of the facts. White had not yet seen the film; his statement was based on memos he received from two NAACP staff members, Norma Jensen and Hope Spingarn, who attended a press screening on November 20, Spingarn listed several things she found objectionable from the film, including the use of African-American English.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Some of the black press had mixed reactions on what they thought of Song of the South. While Richard B. Dier in The Afro-American was "thoroughly disgusted" by the film for being "as vicious a piece of propaganda for white supremacy as Hollywood ever produced," Herman Hill in The Pittsburgh Courier felt that Song of the South would "prove of inestimable goodwill in the furthering of interracial relations", and considered criticisms of the film to be "unadulterated hogwash symptomatic of the unfortunate racial neurosis that seems to be gripping so many of our humorless brethren these days.
There have also been episodes for the series produced for the Disney comic books worldwide, in the U. Br'er Bear can be seen in the Maroon Cartoon studio lot, briefly during the scene driving into Toon Town, and near the end while the Toons are celebrating finding the will.
The Tar-Baby can briefly be seen during the scene driving into Toon Town. The game is a virtual recreation of Disneyland and it features a mini game based on the Splash Mountain attraction. Br'er Rabbit helps guide the player character through that game, while Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear serve as antagonists. The three Br'ers also appear as meet-and-greet characters in the game, outside Splash Mountain in Critter Country.
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Help Snopes. Become a Founding Member! Help Supercharge Snopes For We have big plans.The main focus is the film Song Of The South. Song of the South is widely considered to be Disney's most controversial film. It remains the only Disney film (not counting educational films) never available in the United States (it was officially released in Asia, Europe, and South America).Cited by: 2.