my favorite!! and another litho waiting to be framed
my favorite!! and another litho waiting to be framed
You meant South of the South in which Uncle Remus appears I hope? I was lucky to see SotS as a mere child on TV in the 50's. It was released in theaters in the year I was born.Originally Posted by devkxl
Song of the South
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"Song of the South" is also a hit single by American country band Alabama.
Successful 1972 Song of the South reissue
Song of the South is a feature film by Walt Disney, first released on November 12, 1946 and based on the Uncle Remus cycle of stories by Joel Chandler Harris. It was one of Disney's earliest feature films to combine live action footage with animation and was the first Disney feature film in which live actors were hired for in lead roles. The live actors provide a sentimental frame-story, in which Uncle Remus relates the folk tales of the adventures of Brer Rabbit and his friends; these anthropomorphic animal characters appear in animation.
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
The setting is the U.S. South, in a 'dream time' shortly after the American Civil War, which folklorist Patricia A. Turner characterizes as happening
'during a surreal time when Blacks lived on quarters on a plantation, worked diligently for no visible reward and considered Atlanta a viable place for an old Black man to set out for.' The frame tale does not follow the original framing narrative by Harris. While Disney Studios tried to avoid the more offensive stereotypes of African Americans still common in the 1940s, Disney also tried to make sure that nothing in the film would be objected to by the White segregationists then in political control of the U.S. South. This resulted in the subservient relationships of the black children towards white child star Bobby Driscoll in his Fauntleroy suit, which are particularly stilted and perhaps unintentionally revealing. Few recent critics found the results of this attempted balancing act successful, though it passed without comment in 1946, aside from a mild remark from the NAACP. Blacks are shown as subservient to whites, and singing contentedly about 'home'. The framing story has therefore been accused of idealizing the harsh lives of Blacks on rural southern plantations in the Jim Crow era.
The up-lifting hit song from the film was "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah", which won the 1947 Academy Award for Best Song:
'Mister Bluebird's on my shoulder. It's the truth, it's actual Ev'rything is satisfactual'
Although the film has been re-released several times (most recently in 1986 in the United States), Disney has avoided making it available on home video tape or DVD in the United States of America because the frame story was deemed racist by studio management. It has been released on video in various European and Asian countries. In the U.S., only excerpts from the animated segments have ever appeared in Disney's television shows.
In February 2005, Jim Hill Media released reports that the film was to come out on DVD in 2006. Among the rumored bonus features are a documentary about multiculturalism in Disney properties, the short John Henry, and a recurrent host to introduce the film, and talk about it in historical context. Until sexual allegations emerged, Bill Cosby was the forerunner to be cast in this role. 
- James Baskett, the leading black actor in the film, was reportedly unable to attend the premiere in Atlanta, Georgia as no hotel within reach of the theater would rent him a room. Baskett, the first live actor cast in a film by the studio, won a special Oscar for his portrayal. Hattie McDaniel also appeared in an Aunt Jemima-like "mammy" role.
- Buffs enjoy identifying in-joke references to Song of the South in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
- The Splash Mountain attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World feature the animated characters and songs from this film. Some deem this as strange, as many of the young attendees to the parks have never had an opportunity to view the film.
- Only five minutes of the movie don't contain any music.
- In one scene, Brer Rabbit is chucked into the Briar Patch. Because he is accustomed to being inside a briar patch (since it's his home), he doesn't get hurt by it. But to trick Brer Fox and Brer Bear, he pretends to be by screaming cries of pain. One of his screams (his first, one to be exact) sounds remarkably like the Wilhelm scream.
- In the Laughing Place scene, Johnny Lee, the voice of Brer Rabbit, had to leave on a USO tour, so James Baskett, the voice of Brer Fox(as well as Uncle Remus)filled in for him.
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Yep that Song of the South
If you preorder at the disney store you get a different lithograph than preorder from disney direct
The Disney Store preorder "litho" is an 11 x 14" lenticular (moving) image of Cinderella changing from her rags to ballgown. Very cool! Different than all the previous lithos.
The DisneyDirect.com online has a 4 litho set, plus the option to get a set of 3 mini plush mice and a pin for another $10.
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