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Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #305 for the week of December 16, 2012.

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This week we’re going to connect the dots and talk about one of Walt Disney World’s most popular attractions, the story that serves as the inspiration for it, and look at its history, significance, and controversy. Jim Korkis joins me as we discuss Disney’s 1946 animated and live action film Song of the South and its connection to Splash Mountain. We’ll talk about the attraction and the film, including it’s connection to Walt, its production, the debate, its future, and Jim’s new book, “Who’s Afraid of Song of the South.” It’s a fascinating look at a film that many people have not seen, yet features characters and songs that delight people in the Disney parks so many years after its initial release.

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15 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #305 – Song of the South & Splash Mountain”

  1. George says:

    I saw Song of the South when I was a young child back in the 60’s. I would love to have it released on DVD. It it pure family entertainment in the Disney tradition!

  2. Colleen says:

    YES and YES! I saw the movie in the theaters as a child shortly prior to it’s banning. The ride ‘Splash Mountain’ we always a favorite of mine at WDW and later became a favorite with my daughter. As a family we dove into the historical significance of the story and enjoyed the original tales of all the Brer animals! To see the original film on DVD would be a wonderful treat!

  3. Mark says:

    Dear Lou,

    I have seen Song of the South and it is a beautiful movie. There are many lessons in this movie to be learned. I love that movie and the great cast. As a child I had the book and loved that too. I really think it’s time for Disney to release it to DVD. Not only is this movie a classic, I think it’s a treasure.

  4. Happy Keller says:

    Yes, I have seen “Song of the South”.

    Yes, I feel it should be available for viewing. In my opinion, to deny our past is to put limits on our future.

    Sorry, Jim, I only have “Vault of Walt”, I don’t have this book…(yet)…

  5. Russell says:

    Excellent show. Jim and Lou together always great stuff. I do have both books on kindle. Excellent reads for those who are fans of history and want to impress our friends and families. I have seen Song of the South. I enjoyed it very much. I think it should be released straight to dvd with some type of warning or in context message. Disney should’ve done a series of shorts with just the characters. Uncle Remus or Brer Frog could have just been in the beginning of the episode like Bill Cosby on Fat Albert or Laurie Main on Pooh’s corner.

  6. DAR35 says:

    Yes I saw the film years ago. And I would love to have it released on dvd. I may have to buy the book the old fashioned way, I have a Nook so I don’t believe can get the book digitally.

  7. elbug10 says:

    I vaguely remember seeing Song of the South on The Wonderful World of Disney on tv in the late 1970’s or early ’80’s. I really only remember “Zippity Doo Dah” which remains one of my all-time favorite Disney songs. I would love to see the entire movie again. I think it’s an important piece of American History, both for the time in which it was set, and when it was filmed in the 1940’s. I think a DVD with an introduction as you suggested would be the way to go.

    The funny thing is, as a kid, I remember my Grandmother reading us the Uncle Remus stories, the Tar Baby, the one where Brer Rabbit loses his tail, etc. We didn’t know they were considered racist; to us they were just fun stories. It was only when I got to Junior High or High School and we did a unit on American literature that I found out how most people thought of them.

    Can’t wait to get a copy of Jim Korkis’ book to read more about this. Thanks to both of you for setting the record straight about one of Disney’s “taboo” stories. I hope we’ll get to see it out of the Disney Vault, soon.

  8. HeyHeyJP says:

    Yes, I have a (shhhhhhh) bootleg copy of “Song of the South”. I would be first in line to get an official release if and when Disney decides to release it.

    I was sort of on the fence about getting Jim’s books until I heard that there’s a whole chapter devoted to Jessica Rabbit!! Just got a $25 Amazon card, think I’ll go spend it.

  9. vanessa says:

    I love Song of the South! We even had an old vinyl album from when I was young. I obtained a dvd copy from someone so that my children could watch it. Personally I do not see anything wrong with this film. The past is the past and we can learn from it. So yes I would love to have a real dvd!

  10. Nina says:

    I also have a bootleg copy, and I wanted to mention one part of the story that you didn’t touch on: When Johnny has his party, there is a lot of conflict over whether Ginny should be invited. But Toby isn’t invited, either, and there isn’t even a discussion. It’s just assumed he won’t be allowed to come. As an adult, I can understand the context, even though as a person living in the 21st century, I think it stinks. But my daughter? I doubt I could put it into context for her until she is much older (maybe even a young teen.) I mean, she always asks why Pete and Clarabelle don’t get to do the Hot Dog dance with the rest of the gang. She would definitely notice Toby being excluded.

    That being said, the animated sequences and songs are so great, maybe there would be a way for Disney to just include some of those sequences in a shorter video, perhaps with an introduction and additional historical material.

  11. Randy says:

    I would love for Song Of The South to be released. I would sell well and those stories need to be brought back. I watch it on you tube often with Japanese subtitles. If it offended so many people, then why is the ride so popular??

  12. Mike Leone says:

    I remember watching this movie @ the drive-in…why do I think it was in the early 70’s ? Could it have been with another Disney film?? I love all the music in this film & my 5 year old loves it too. I purchased a DVD copy of the film from a company based in Florida…cant remember who, but I found it via the internet..look around, you can find them, and it works wonderfully!

  13. D.J. says:

    I love Song of the South. Just like you described, it is a happy movie and the character of Uncle Remus is very loveable. Why not release it as a Disney Treasure edition? I have the Mickey and Donald releases where Leonard Maltin introduces the cartoons from the vault with a little warning on how “times were different.” Thank heavens, I’m so glad they are out there for collectors to see. The Tom and Jerry cartoon dvd editions that are out there are introduced by Whoopi Goldberg. I too have a “dvd edition” of Song of the South…I’ve shown it to my kids and they love it. No negative vibes. If Disney released it I would gladly buy it. Also, I have a Disney Uncle Remus Storybook and it includes the “Tar Baby” story before it was altered to honey. And, I have seen the Sunflower segments that were cut from Fantasia. The quality was poor but someone edited the pieces back into the Pastoral Symphony.

  14. Lauren says:

    Great show! Ordered Jim’s book, and I can’t wait to download it and get to reading it. I drive past the Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton, GA on the way to WDW, and always say to myself, I’d really like to visit it one day. I’ll be driving past it in about a week, and this time I’m stopping for a visit!

  15. Chuck Zitta says:

    Remember seeing Song of the South in my youth. That’s the last time I saw it. Loved that movie, and the Zippity Doo Dah song was one of my favorites back then. Vaguely remember singing that song for weeks after seeing the movie. I believe we actually went to the movie theater to see it. Good memory. Very positive movie in my eyes. It’s too bad there’s so much controversy that surrounds this movie these days. I don’t look at it from that perspective at all. My kids never had the opportunity to experience it and they are older now. Maybe some day I’ll have a chance to share it with any future grandkids? I guess we still have Splash Mountain :0)

    Have to remember to pick up Jim’s book on this movie. Really would like to learn more about it. Already have the Vault of Walt books and enjoyed those. Great reads.

    Thanks again for another fantastic show, Lou and Jim!!!