Disney's Most Notorious Film

Disney's Most Notorious Film

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The Walt Disney Company offers a vast universe of movies, television shows, theme parks, and merchandise, all carefully crafted to present an image of wholesome family entertainment. Yet Disney also produced one of the most infamous Hollywood films, Song of the South. Using cartoon characters and live actors to retell the stories of Joel Chandler Harris, SotS portrays a kindly black Uncle Remus who tells tales of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and the qTar Babyq to adoring white children. Audiences and critics alike found its depiction of African Americans condescending and outdated when the film opened in 1946, but it grew in popularitya€”and controversya€”with subsequent releases. Although Disney has withheld the film from American audiences since the late 1980s, SotS has an enthusiastic fan following, and pieces of the filma€”such as the Oscar-winning qZip-a-Dee-Doo-Dahqa€”remain throughout Disney's media universe. Disney's Most Notorious Film examines the racial and convergence histories of Song of the South to offer new insights into how audiences and Disney have negotiated the film's controversies over the last seven decades. Jason Sperb skillfully traces the film's reception history, showing how audience perceptions of SotS have reflected debates over race in the larger society. He also explores why and how Disney, while embargoing the film as a whole, has repurposed and repackaged elements of SotS so extensively that they linger throughout American culture, serving as everything from cultural metaphors to consumer products.to capture Brer Rabbit. At one point, Brer Bear gets caught in his own trapa€”one of the few direct references to a scene from the film. As the architecture critic Beth ... This drop is meant to parallel Brer Rabbita#39;s fall into the briar patch, which saves him from Brer Fox. Aside from a few fake briar ... The low ceiling is meant to trap the splashed water to make the visitor even more soaked. Then, before the visitor anbsp;...

Title:Disney's Most Notorious Film
Author:Jason Sperb
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2012-12-01


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