There were so many surprises announced at the D23 Expo this past weekend. The first one of the convention was that Whoopi Goldberg was to be a surprise addition to the Disney Legends honored on Friday.
In an interview with Yahoo Movies Goldberg was asked what her favorite movie is. Instead of giving that answer she instead wanted to talk about the movie Song of the South.
“I’m trying to find a way to get people to start having conversations about bringing Song of the South back,” she said of the film. “So we can talk about what it was and where it came from and why it came out.”
Goldberg also referenced the controversial crows in Disney’s 1941 animated classic Dumbo. “I want people to start putting crows in the merchandise, because those crows sing the song in Dumbo everybody remembers.” The song Goldberg refers to is “When I See An Elephant Fly”. “I want to highlight all the little stuff people maybe miss in movies.”
Song of the South is based on the collection of Uncle Remus stories as adapted by Joel Chandler Harris and is set in the south shortly after the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery.
Although the movie was a financial success when it premiered in 1946 it has remained a subject of controversy due to critics describing the film’s portrayal of African Americans as racist and offensive.
Disney never released Song of the South on any home video format in the United States but the cartoon characters of the movie continue to be featured in books and in the extremely popular Disney attraction Splash Mountain.
What’s your opinion? Should Song of the South be re-released?
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