- Mar 15, 2007
Do you think so or not?
I also agree that they should release the film. I don't in any way condone the film's racist imagery, but it is a product of its time, and should be viewed in that context. I like what Warner Brothers does, and think Disney could adopt the same strategy. With some of their more controversial old animated shorts, they feature a disclaimer that acknowledges the prejudice and how they don't represent the current views of WB.No, but they should release on digital. It's an important film. and historically wise and not really racist just boring.
I mean geez, It's a family movie from the 1940s do you really expect Disney to be accurate with its depictions of reconstruction era slavery?
Fun Facts :James Baskett won a honorary academy award for his portrayal of Uncle remis making him technically the first black man to win an Oscar
And the Cinematographer of that movie was non-other than Gregg Toland the Cinematographer of Citizen Kane and The Grapes of Wrath
I like the way Leonard Maltin makes that clear in the intro to some of these compilations.Ignoring it is nonsense in my opinion. This appears to be the only movie that I am aware of that has disappeared from access. You can look at at a number of movies that were created during the same time period that may contain what is now considered to be racially sensitive depictions. It’s history and as much as some would like it you can’t erase it. Has anyone watched the Disney Treasures compilations of shorts? There are many that contain depictions that aren’t acceptable under today’s norms. The intro to these shorts includes an explanation of how it isn’t acceptable under today’s norms. Many of these films were not created to be intentionally offensive.
It plays into a lot of stereotypes, specifically the "happy, idyllic slaves in the happy idyllic South who's primary concern is the happiness of their white masters" one (technically the black characters are servants, because it's during the Reconstruction, but that's a really REALLY fine distinction, both narratively and historically.I never had the chance to see Song of the South and so I have no idea why it was deemed offensive. Can someone explain?
Its sad that they cant release that movie for more to see. James Baskett did a great job and won an oscar, making history, but people are too "offended" to acknowledge that. Sad that people try to erase it. You cant erase history - and you shouldn't.
I don't believe there is anything that could "stem the blow" any significant amount. The Simpsons have just pulled an episode from syndication based on a guest voice having abused a handful of victims. Song of the South is described by the late Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., as a direct "insult" to well over thirty seven million people. I think it'll take a lot more than a book about an attraction to mitigate that fact.Of course they'll be controversy, but that might help stem the blow a bit.