Sunday, March 25, 2007

Song of the Speculation

USA Today has a new article on Song of the South and the Disney company's continued head-scratching over whether or not to re-release it.


Anonymous said...

The difference between Gone With the Wind and Song of the South is that South is considered a children's film, and as such is much more prone to scrutiny than a picture like Wind, whose primary audience is adults.

Anonymous said...

Most stories about the film, including the present AP article, pass along the mistaken belief that SOTS is not clear about the era it's set in; as if it were uncertain whether the sharecroppers are slaves or not.
In truth, the film is rather obviously set in the postbellum period. When a disappointed Uncle Remus gets set to leave the farm, he simply packs up and leaves; something he could never do if he were a slave.
Sloppy, sloppy research. At this point I'm ready to say that most of the reasons for this film's suppression are bogus, mistaken claims. Not to say that SONG OF THE SOUTH doesn't have plenty of problems; but it's being suppressed for problems it doesn't have.