Directed by: Harve Foster
The art of animation and live-action are blended brilliantly to create SONG OF THE SOUTH. This wonderfully colourful spectacle is filled with fascinating characters, including the smart and witty Br'er Rabbit and his bumbling sidekick Br'er Bear. Featuring an Academy Award winning song and dazzling animated effects; it has become a memorable and beloved family classic!
- Just TRY to find this sucker...
This film, blending live-action and animation is truly one of Disney's most appealing pictures--- but then, I CAN see why many African-Americans aren't comfortable with it. Much like "Gone with the Wind" just a few years earlier, "Song of the South" sanitizes (to say the least) the entire slavery/Jim Crow issue by portraying Deep South blacks of the time to be gleefully unaffected by the sociopolitical realities of the day.
But, political correctness never kept "Gone with the Wind" off the shelves or off the air, presumably because that movie was just too "big"... Sure, "Song of the South" is never going to teach anybody much about race-relations (except, perhaps inadvertently) but the cultural denial that was going on at the time this film was produced should not prevent it from seeing the light of day entirely. Keeping such things permanently under-wraps is more unsettling than its sometimes determinedly ignorant material.
- I saw it in 1946, My children saw it in 1971 and my grandchildren saw it in 2001.
Wow, what a great story. I loved it when I was a youngster of 7 years and still today at 65 still enjoy seeing this one. A classic by any standard. My kids and grandkids have enjoyed watching it also. The main character, played by Bobby Driscoll, may he rest in peace, was one of innocence. All the characters such as Uncle Remus, with his tales, were on a par with Aesop. Joel Chandler Harris, the author, from whom the story emanated, had a clear vision of his day and time. Some have likened the story to race, slavery and discrimination, but I see a story of men, women and children expressing their love for one another regardless of their station in life. God is color blind.
- Reminds of youth
Of course times were different then, I was small and enjoyed this movie so much. And still do. I had never forgotten the famous song zippedy-doo-dah and when I found the movie on tape couldn't resist buying it. There is a simplicity about it, that is touching. The rabbit, bear and the tar baby all came back to me. Well, it's not for today's young people but I sure was happy to get it on tape. Really cannot understand at all why it isn't available in the US. Accept the past and let's be happy at least some of it has changed a little.
- This film will never receive a clean bill of political correctness, but neither will any film made before the 1960s. In fact, Song of the South presents some of the least offensive portraits of African Americans you can find from the time. If you really need to compare, go find any other film starring Hattie McDaniel
Harve Foster, Wilfred Jackson
Joel Chandler Harris (book), Dalton S. Reymond
Ruth Warrick ... Sally
Bobby Driscoll Bobby Driscoll ... Johnny
James Baskett James Baskett ... Uncle Remus / Br'er Fox (voice)
Luana Patten Luana Patten ... Ginny
Lucile Watson Lucile Watson ... Grandmother
Hattie McDaniel Hattie McDaniel ... Aunt Tempy
Erik Rolf Erik Rolf ... John (as Eric Rolf)
Glenn Leedy Glenn Leedy ... Toby
Mary Field Mary Field ... Mrs. Favers
Anita Brown Anita Brown ... Maid
Georgie Nokes Georgie Nokes ... Jake Favers (as George Nokes)
Gene Holland Gene Holland ... Joe Favers
Nick Stewart Nick Stewart ... Br'er Bear (voice) (as Nicodemus Stewart)
Johnny Lee Johnny Lee ... Br'er Rabbit (voice)
Release Date:2 December 1946 (Brazil)
Sound Mix:Mono (RCA Sound System)