Song Of The South

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Song Of The South (1946 Movie)Song of the South is a 1946 American live-action/ animated musical film produced by Walt Disney and directed by Harve Foster and Wilfred Jackson. The film is based on the Uncle Remus stories by Joel Chandler Harris and features a mix of live-action and animation.

The movie takes place in the Reconstruction Era in the Southern United States and follows the story of a young boy named Johnny who visits his grandmother’s plantation in Georgia. There, he meets Uncle Remus, an elderly former slave, who tells him various stories about the trickster Br’er Rabbit and his friends.

Song of the South is known for its memorable songs, including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and has become a classic.

Song Of The South Controversy

However, Song of the South has been the subject of controversy and criticism due to its portrayal of African American characters and its depiction of the post-slavery South. The film has been accused of perpetuating racial stereotypes and presenting a romanticized and sanitized version of the Antebellum South.

Critics argue that the film downplays the harsh realities of slavery and glosses over the racial inequality and discrimination faced by African Americans during that time period. The characters’ dialects and portrayals have also been criticized as perpetuating harmful stereotypes.

In response to the controversy, Disney has chosen not to release the film in its entirety for many years, and it has been largely unavailable to the general public. Song of the South has not been released on home video in the United States and has not been included on the Disney+ streaming platform.

The controversy surrounding Song of the South raises important questions about the representation of race and historical accuracy in popular media. It highlights the need for a thoughtful and critical examination of the stories we tell and the images we present, particularly when they involve sensitive topics such as race and history.

It’s worth noting that while the film has been widely criticized, there are also voices that argue for its historical context and the positive impact it had on some audiences. Supporters contend that the film should be made available for educational purposes and to foster discussions about racism and its historical roots.

Disney has acknowledged the concerns surrounding Song of the South and has taken steps to address the issues raised. The company has made efforts to promote inclusivity and diversity in its more recent productions, portraying characters and stories that celebrate different cultures and backgrounds.

The controversy surrounding Song of the South reflects ongoing discussions and debates about representation, cultural sensitivity, and historical accuracy in the entertainment industry. It serves as a reminder of the importance of responsible storytelling and the need to consider the impact of media on society.

Fun Facts

  • This was Disney’s first live-action film.
  • The movie is based on the Uncle Remus stories by Joel Chandler Harris.
  • Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah won the 1947 Oscar for Best Song.
  • Song of the South has never been released for home video.
  • The star of the movie, James Baskett, was not able to attend its premiere because the city it was held in, Atlanta, was a racially segregated city.
  • Even though the movie has not been released on home video, it was re-released in theaters 5 times as recently as 1986.
  • The popular Disneyland and Disney World ride Splash Mountain was based on this movie.
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Additional Details

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  • Type of Movie: Animated
  • Box Office: $65 million
  • Awards: Won Academy Award
  • IMDB Link


  • James Baskett: Uncle Remus and Br’er Fox
  • Bobby Driscoll: Johnny
  • Luana Patten: Ginny Favers
  • Glenn Leedy: Toby
  • Ruth Warrick: Sally
  • Lucile Watson: Grandmother
  • Hattie McDaniel: Aunt Tempy
  • Erik Rolf: John
  • Olivier Urbain: Mr. Favers
  • Mary Field: Mrs. Favers
  • Anita Brown: Maid
  • George Nokes: Jake Favers
  • Gene Holland: Joe Favers
  • Johnny Lee: Br’er Rabbit
  • Nick Stewart: Br’er Bear
  • Roy Glenn: Br’er Frog
  • Clarence Nash: Bluebird
  • Helen Crozier: Mother Possum


  • Directors: Harve Foster and Winfred Jackson
  • Producer: Walt Disney
  • Writers: Morton Grant, Maurice Rapf, Dalton S. Reymond, Bill Peet, George Stallings and Ralph Wright
  • Music: Daniele Amfitheatrof, Paul J. Smith and Charles Wolcott

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