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Zip-a-dee-doo-dah! Five myths about incendiary Disney film 'Song of the South' busted

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Disney has made it impossible to see Song of the South
At the Walt Disney Company’s 2011 shareholder meeting, CEO Bob Iger said regarding the film, “It wouldn’t be in the best interest of our shareholders to bring it back … don’t expect to see it again … at least for awhile, if ever.” But that hasn’t stopped it from being shown in the U.K. on BBC2 or sold on laserdisc in Japan. Bootlegs are available on the Internet and at fan conventions, and you can find the complete film on YouTube with a little searching. In 2011, Disney scanned the original negative for a 4K digital restoration, so a future Blu-ray release is technically feasible.

Song of the South is a great film
Get a gray-market copy and you’ll discover that, controversy aside, the movie hasn’t aged well. The animated sequences are stupendous, but they occupy barely a third of the film. The live-action majority is leaden, despite James Baskett’s award-winning performance as Remus. As the New York Times said in their original review: “The Disney wonder-workers are just a lot of conventional hacks when it comes to telling a story with actors instead of cartoons.”

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