Sunday, March 23, 2008

Land Of The Free, Except For Song Of The South Fans

So check it out. There's this harmless movie out there called Song Of The South. Uncle Remus has a great line in this movie that goes something like this: "If there's a problem with the stories, then why do they last so long?"

Nearly twenty years after Disney decided to never release the movie, it continues to last and to stand the test of time. The demand doesn't cease. Just go check out and while you're at it sign a petition linked at that site.

This touching movie, set in the South and in the post-Civil War era, is a harmless collection of stories about Brer Rabbit. I finally watched the entire movie, and all I have to say is, "what the fuck?"

One thing is certain. Can't wait until 2036 when this movie becomes part of the public domain. Not that its stopping people today from doing what they can to get their hands on this little gem. And I mean that from technical and storytelling standpoint.

At least we have two very visible survivors of a twenty-year-old controversy: the Splash Mountain attraction, and the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah song. It will certainly be a wonderful day when we can look back at this point in time and laugh at how foolishly we handled the infinite diversity of our human differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. etc. etc. Land of the free indeed.

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