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  • Could Bob Iger release 'Song of the South' after all?

    At the recent shareholders meeting in new Orleans, someone asked Bob Iger if they were concidering ever releasing 'Song of the South', a movie that has sparked debate for decades. In the past, Disney has said that they will not release it here in North America because some people feel it's racist in it's depection of African Americans living on a plantation in pre-civil war Georgia. The response that Bob Iger gave though ran like a shockwave through the audience.

    Iger's response was ""The question of 'Song of the South' comes up periodically, in fact it was raised at last year's annual meeting ..." Iger said. "And since that time, we've decided to take a look at it again because we've had numerous requests about bringing it out. Our concern was that a film that was made so many decades ago being brought out today perhaps could be either misinterpreted or that it would be somewhat challenging in terms of providing the appropriate context."

    Does this mean that we might be seeing Song of the South in the video stores soon?

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    Re: Bob Iger is Rethinking releasing 'Song of the South' - Orlando Sentinel.com

    I hope so. It's a wonderful film of the bond between Johnny and Uncle Remus, and of the inspiration of the storyteller. It is not a racist film at heart.

    Here's an article I wrote on the subject for SaveDisney.com ("In Defense of Disney's Uncle Remus"):

    http://songofthesouth.net/news/archi...indefense.html

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      Re: Bob Iger is Rethinking releasing 'Song of the South' - Orlando Sentinel.com

      I'd like to see it again, but if you really read Iger's response, it was basic weasle words that ultimately means: "Uh...no."
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        Re: Bob Iger is Rethinking releasing 'Song of the South' - Orlando Sentinel.com

        I think the appropriate way to do it would be to make it online order only. That way it's not being "pushed onto an unsuspecting public" in any way, but those people who do want to see it and are willing to put out just a little extra effort can do so. That also makes it available to educators.

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          Re: Bob Iger is Rethinking releasing 'Song of the South' - Orlando Sentinel.com

          The answer should be no... There is no way of providing an apporpreate context for the film without editing the film itself. Walt, himself was confronted with this decision, and decided against it.
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            Re: Bob Iger is Rethinking releasing 'Song of the South' - Orlando Sentinel.com

            Originally posted by Morrigoon View Post
            I think the appropriate way to do it would be to make it online order only. That way it's not being "pushed onto an unsuspecting public" in any way, but those people who do want to see it and are willing to put out just a little extra effort can do so. That also makes it available to educators.
            What an excellent idea.
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              Re: Bob Iger is Rethinking releasing 'Song of the South' - Orlando Sentinel.com

              Originally posted by cellarhound View Post
              The answer should be no... There is no way of providing an apporpreate context for the film without editing the film itself. Walt, himself was confronted with this decision, and decided against it.
              i think everyone goes overboard with being too PC. you don't need to edit the film in any way. GOne with the wind has been out both on video and DVD and has never been editted. you release it on DVD and you put on the 2 disk edtion things like Martin luther king's speech and talks about how blacks were treated after the civil war and how far the african amercan community has come. remember that this film was set after the war and the people in the movie weren't slaves. also remember that there was a poor white family in the story too and how the little girl was treated.

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                Re: Bob Iger is Rethinking releasing 'Song of the South' - Orlando Sentinel.com

                Originally posted by Cmash95 View Post
                i think everyone goes overboard with being too PC. you don't need to edit the film in any way. GOne with the wind has been out both on video and DVD and has never been editted. you release it on DVD and you put on the 2 disk edtion things like Martin luther king's speech and talks about how blacks were treated after the civil war and how far the african amercan community has come. remember that this film was set after the war and the people in the movie weren't slaves. also remember that there was a poor white family in the story too and how the little girl was treated.
                A great idea. Very well said.
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                  Re: Bob Iger is Rethinking releasing 'Song of the South' - Orlando Sentinel.com

                  Release it. It will prove once and for all that the film is not racist, and deflate the balloon of those that say it's racist, yet have never seen it.

                  You don't have to add any other content, not directly related to the film, to "soften" the image of the film.

                  Do make it a Disney Treasure release, but include other stuff from the vaults that have been held back due to PC concerns, or better yet no bonus stuff at all, just a clean sharp restored digital transfer is all I ask.

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                    Re: Bob Iger is Rethinking releasing 'Song of the South' - Orlando Sentinel.com

                    It's setting is POST civil war.

                    And the MAJOR reason why it is being debated so much
                    is that Disney HAS released it overseas on Video/lasar disc,
                    but not in the US. Disney has even released the movie in
                    US theaters as recently as the 1980's.

                    This whole brew-ha-ha would have reduced to nothing, by
                    now, IF they would have released SotS on video/dvd.
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                      Re: Bob Iger is Rethinking releasing 'Song of the South' - Orlando Sentinel.com

                      Read Neil Gabler's WD book and you see how much bruhaha there was even back then about the film. Too bad the post civil war thing does not read that clearly. I think that they dressed the family to the nines and that created a greater divide of inequality visually. The sad thing is that Walt made it to save money on Animation. I enjoy the movie because I think it has heart in the right places, but i see why it is offensive. As a kid, I loved Uncle Remus and didn't think anything of it. I just loved him for him.
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                        Re: Bob Iger is Rethinking releasing 'Song of the South' - Orlando Sentinel.com

                        I would be so excited about having the film. I have been trying to teach my children the value of old films, and this one would just add to their teaching. I agree that sometimes we become so pc that we forget about the art and beauty of the music in the film. Please bring it back!

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                          Re: Bob Iger is Rethinking releasing 'Song of the South' - Orlando Sentinel.com

                          Originally posted by cellarhound View Post
                          The answer should be no... There is no way of providing an apporpreate context for the film without editing the film itself. Walt, himself was confronted with this decision, and decided against it.
                          So, pretend it never existed and maybe it will go away?
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                            Re: Bob Iger is Rethinking releasing 'Song of the South' - Orlando Sentinel.com

                            >>There is no way of providing an apporpreate context for the film without editing the film itself. Walt, himself was confronted with this decision, and decided against it.<<

                            That was only during the Civil Rights era. The film returned to theatres in the 70's as one of the highest-grossing reissues ever. And again in the 80's.

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                              Re: Could Bob Iger release 'Song of the South' after all?

                              I think that they dressed the family to the nines and that created a greater divide of inequality visually.
                              These people are not dressed to the nines


                              And this young lady makes a big deal about the lace gift she is given, both sides of money and poverty are portrayed in Song of the South.

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