Disney Film “Song Of The South” Might Sing Again Someday
Iconic Disney film "Song Of The South" is getting a second look at a possible DVD release sometime in the future, according to Disney president Bob Iger.
The movie responsible for the Oscar-winning tune "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" has been marred by enough criticism in recent years that had provoked the studio to leave it locked up in fabled vaults deep below the Magic Kingdom during the 60th anniversary of the film in 2006.
An online petition of people desperate for the DVD of "Song Of The South" has nearly passed the 115,000-signature mark and out-of-print VHS go for as much as $100 on eBay.
However, therein the movie lies a controversy that Disney depicted an unsavory image of plantation-working black people during the time.
The movie follows a boy who goes to live on his grandparents' farm and takes up with Uncle Remus – an old, black servant who tells the boy old, black folk stories.
Iger said his major concern would be that if they released the film today, there might be some misinterpretation of Disney's message and might be taken out of context.