Song of the South Reviews
May 8, 2012
Offensive? Not really. Boring as hell? Oh yes.
May 23, 2012
So is the film worth seeing? You betcha-provided you can find a copy. My attitude is that by shelving the film, you neglect a fine, fine performance by James Baskett and also ignore an important part of our heritage. After all, films on Turner Classic Movies or Shirley Temple DVDs are widely available and they often contain terribly dated and more offensive stereotypes. Plus, in the case of the Temple films, if you shelve them because one might have an offensive performance by Steppin Fetchit, you'll also lose the WONDERFUL dancing of one of the great dancers, Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson! Disney....re-release this film!
March 28, 2013
Notable for the catchy song, the inspiration for the log ride, and the controversy for showcasing America's problem they had in two-thirds of the 1900s, Disney's wondrous live-action animated classic still lives on with the praising of the late Baskett's performance, along with the good animated portions. (B+)
(Full review coming soon)
January 17, 2012
Apparently this is a classic..... I need to see it.
June 12, 2014
Song of the South means well and tries to deliver positive messages, but it also contains some negative stereotypes of African Americans which were prevalent at the time it was made. As for its artistic merits, the animated sequences and the music is great, as is James Baskett's performance as Uncle Remus. But the main child character (Johnny) is extremely dull and the plot lacks tension.
March 31, 2014
One of my favorite Disney films. Emotional, touching, brilliant, memorable characters and music. Racism and slavery exist and always will be a part of our history. Putting down one film for portraying a piece of history will not erase it from the books. Uncle Remus was beloved and honored and important to these characters, not hated and belittled. Get it together, America.
June 9, 2013
This film has been criticized as being racist, but I'm not so sure about that. It showed harmony between whites and blacks during Reconstruction (even though it may be historically inaccurate). Plus, Uncle Remus is just such a lovable character!
August 23, 2013
It plays with stereotypes, but it's not (intentionally) racist. It's a product of its time (which is a dark time in our nation's history). It's also, however, not very good. The animated bits are pretty good, but the live-action bits are, altogether, boring.
February 26, 2014
James Baskett is fucking fantastic as Uncle Remus, Oscar well-deserved. The animation with Brer Rabbit, Fox, and Bear is great. BUT the white people are so damn boring! It is kind of an ok movie I love it though
January 22, 2014
Interesting! I had been looking to see this movie for years! Riding the famous Splash Mountain ride in Disneyland i would always wonder what the ride was based on. This controversial film has some very dated moments involving the black workers and the way they are shown in the film. It can be seen as racist, but it actually has a pretty good moral story to it all at the end of the film. The mixture of animation and life action was super well done especially for its time. I enjoyed finally learning about the tale of Brear Rabbit, but I know this won't be for everyone!
January 21, 2014
it didn't strike me as that controversial, but what do I know.
June 6, 2007
I only saw parts of it on youtube before the Disney Nazis had it taken off. I don't care if people think its racist, its still a part of our history. I wouldn't ban "Birth of a Nation," or "Triumph of the Will." And why? Because trying to erase something from history, , just because some people find it offensive, is dangerous
February 14, 2010
An imaginative Disney classic that will help you find your laughing place. (First viewing - Sometime in 2010)
December 27, 2013
I don't understand why Disney is hiding this remarkable piece of film history. The animation is great and it has a good story.
December 13, 2013
I honestly didn't find anything wrong with this film (well, maybe the Tar Baby me a little uncomfortable). On the one hand, it's got some great songs, hilarious cartoons, and a great lead Uncle Remus, but it's kind of boring when we get to the family. So, I'm kind of torn.
December 4, 2013
Not only is it totally boring, but Song Of the South is so Racially insensitive, it's no wonder that it's been almost completely forgotten over 60 years.
October 24, 2013
There is nothing wrong with enjoying this film, regardless of what the PC Police have to say about. Sure, we've made leaps and bounds in race relations since this film was made, but to call it hateful or mean-spirited is more or less on account of bring one's own baggage into what I consider a fine family film. Sure, it's not accurate to what race relations were like during the post-Civil War South, not even close. But, as a piece of escapism, it does the job spectacularly. It can be viewed as a fantasy, what we would hope race relationships would be like between blacks and whites during that time in history. Everybody smiles and life is more like a contemporary suburb where color is a non-factor. I can understand why some would hate that. I can see how someone would see this film as making light of a horrible time in history, but I can also see how Disney's intention was never to be cruel or mean-spirited with his work here.
August 30, 2013
This movie has a good message and great music. too bad the presentation is utterly racist. Splash Mountain recreates the good parts well with more taste.
August 11, 2013
This is a classic! I admire the story teller Uncle Remus and the hardships the people of the period endured.
Anyone that is not proud of their heretage deplicted in this film should be ashamed for they endured much for their Children today!. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!