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Disney to Release Song of the South on Blu-ray and DVD in 2009


Written on April 1, 2009 at 9:33 am, by Amelia

Disney has decided to release the film Song of the South to Blu-ray and DVD later this year.  After waiting over twenty years since it’s last theatrical release, this is enormous news.

Not surprisingly, the decision came after the recent Disney shareholder meeting.  Expect the official announcement within the next two weeks or so.

Releasing Song of the South is a topic that is often mentioned, but until now has never been taken seriously by the company.  Two years ago there was promising discussion at the same meeting by CEO Robert Iger, but nothing came of it.

Not so in 2009!

We’re privy to this information now because one of the shareholders (and a friend of the Nest) thought we should know in advance in order to prepare ourselves.  I’m considering buying a phone headset to avoid answering-elbow.

This should be a marketing coup for Disney.  As we’ve mentioned here time and time again, there’s an unquestionable demand for the movie, and absence has made the heart grow fonder for many fans and potential consumers, I’m sure.

Nevertheless, the issues that made Disney hesitant to release the film in the first place still stand.  It will be very, very interesting to see the ensuing marketing campaign.  I’m putting my money on a healthy dose of nostalgia with just a pinch of “Look!  We’ve entered a new (racial) era!  Thanks, President Obama!”  Or, you know, not saying anything while quietly raking in the money.

As for our day-to-day lives at the Wren’s Nest, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.  Sure, it means I’ll be more helpful to blue hairs who call looking for the movie (one caller recently assured me she “knew the number for eBay”), but as far as royalties go, we can’t expect anything.  Stinks, right?

In fact, I’m a little fearful that the more widespread the movie, the more people might get the priorities of our museum and the movie confused.  Folks are known to do that sort of thing. We do have a history to maintain, after all.

On the other hand, the increased visibility could be HUGE for us.  As far as I’m concerned, people can visit the museum for whatever reason they want.  If they come in because they think we give tours with bluebirds on our shoulders, fine by me!  Though they will be a touch disappointed, methinks.

Either way, we can cross our fingers and hope that, just like its theatrical release in 1946, Song of the South’s marketing will include the Wren’s Nest, and that the Brer Rabbit stories will come to the foreground once again.  We’ll keep you updated!

My oh my what a wonderful day!

77 Comments to Disney to Release Song of the South on Blu-ray and DVD in 2009

  1. Rose says:

    Where is it? Its already 2011. There is nothing wrong with that picture. If some people don’t like it, too bad, don’t watch it then. As kids we all went to see it. It was our first interaction with a black person and we loved it.

  2. brian tyson says:

    I don’t understand the Americans. Every other country in the world reveals its problematic past; no child would be foolish enough to imagine that the Uncle Remus story is taking place in the Twenty-first Century. So there were slaves. There were slaves in ancient Greece, too, and in Rome. This has not stopped people making films about such times. “Gone with the Wind” is set on a slave plantation. The acting in “Song of the South” is superb; the animation masterly; the music wonderful. What the HELL is the problem?????

    • cora says:

      I AGREE WITH YOU TOTALLY, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE US THESE DAYS. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS MOVIE. MY MOTHER WANTED TO SEE THIS MOVIE, BUT SHE PASSED AWAY BEFORE IT COULD BE RELEASED ONTO DVD.

  3. Henry Lee Wagor says:

    I remember watching it at the movie theater in the 80s it was good. The only part I think may sound racist is the tar baby. yet that is how people talked in the old days. some black people still about each other. I think it is a Disney classic and it needs to be release. I like to see more Disney on blue ray like bednobss and broomsticks. I watch the Prince of Egypt. it showed slaves in the bible torah and koran There are many slaves. I think AMericans have come far enough to be able to watch this movie and not hate it.

  4. RG says:

    I SEE NOTHING MORALLY WRONG WITH THIS MOVIE,I GUARANTEE IF THERE WAS,MY PARENTS NEVER WOULD HAVE TAKEN US TO SEE IT.THIS WAS ONE OF MY DADS FAVORITE MOVIES AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT FOR HIM TO SEE IT AGAIN (AS HE REQUESTED OFTEN),BUT WE WERE UNABLE TO OBTAIN A COPY.SADLY,MY DAD PASSED LAST YEAR, AND AS A FAMILY IT WAS HARD FOR US NOT TO FILL THIS REQUEST FOR HIM.NOW,WE WANT TO GET IT,WATCH IT,AND BRING BACK THE MEMORIES OF TIME SPENT WITH OUR PARENTS AND OUR TREAT ( ON PAYDAY), AS A FAMILY TO GO TO THE DRIVE IN AND WATCH DISNEY MOVIES.THIS IS A GREAT MOVIE AND IT WAS ALREADY 32 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME WE SAW IT (IN THE MID 60’S) THIS IS A VIDEO THAT EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE IN THERE COLLECTION.WE CAN’T WAIT TIL ITS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE,HOPE ITS SOON,WE’RE NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER……

  5. It would be nice to have a Bluray copy but till Disney is willing to release it I will have to keep watching the copy I got some years ago.

  6. sharon burlin says:

    I am 75 years old and have been waiting since 1946 for this movie..why is amazon charging 250.00 for the movie…highway robbery…come on Mr. Disney…let the film go to the public at an affordable rate for all of the pubic.

  7. Gastao Gal says:

    I hope who this film can be with Portuguese subtitle .

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  9. Hilde says:

    Still waiting for this dvd, I had it on VHS, but that got destroyed
    Loved it
    Hope that it will be coming out with nordic subtitles

  10. Jenny says:

    I wrote a letter requesting that they look over releasing this onto DVD…answer came back after 3 months…”enjoy your VHS”…will not be releasing onto DVD…” that was it…from a corporate letter nothing signed by anyone… so sad…also waiting for it to be made into a blu ray…family doesn’t mind it at all coming out

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  12. Sarah Nichols says:

    I’d like to see this movie again as it has been a while. I’d also like to see us move away from the extreme politically correct that we are in. Sure some is needed but not where we are at now; one thing is said that is not to be offensive and yet is taken that way, and then taken out of proportion.

  13. Rebecca says:

    Please release this wonderful film

  14. Lynda says:

    2013 and still waiting !!!!!! Come on Disney, get your finger out and release this film, you are denying so many children the chance to see this fantastic film.

  15. Danielle says:

    I went to see it in 86 with my parents…some of the best Disney music…I was five and all I remember was feeling good.

  16. Joan says:

    Please release the dvd of SONG OF THE SOUTH. I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YEARS TO SEE IT AGAIN

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  19. Nipper says:

    See the thing is… AA that live OUTSIDE the South don’t want to be perceived as talking akin to blacks in the South, and then we find out (here living IN the South…) despite how some people REALLY DO TALK down here (not WANTING to be understood… really… believe me when I say this, it’s NOT out of ‘meanness’ it from experience… the dialect is done on purpose, to confuse outside listeners AND then they don’t WANT to hear their own dialect on anything dealing with hardly (no offense here) ‘happy’ or mixing the blender in any shape or form. I can NOT talk for every black Southerner down here, (That’s for sure)… because I HAVE heard where some AA lady’s would LIKE to have this movie available for their kids to see it. Overall the movie DOES have some good morals within the movie. I even got into an argument with a friend of mine who is black… she’s NEVER seen the movie!!! She kind of talked ‘against’ it, nearly completely changed the topic of the conversation to racist propaganda for no reason at all… and I finally said, “The music is happy… the kids end up holding hands singing together, and you’ve NEVER seen the movie, so why are you so against the movie when a WHITE kid gets hit by a bull in it? Should THAT be ok for you?” I was getting so mad with her diverting the conversation from the movie I actually said that. And this was coming from someone who CLAIMED loving to see older movie’s she’s NEVER seen before! Disney is playing ‘principal to the students here’… if ONE kid hates it for ANY reason, you deny the ENTIRE student body. And this movie NEEDS a MAJOR facelift. And it’s just not fair to the REST of us… I mean really… the guys we see going to fields and back with their ‘garden tools’ you KNOW they are NOT really singing… we happen to have a DVD copy, and it’s…”ok” quality, but we’d love to have a cleaned up visual and audio of this old movie… and I’ll admit. The story about Johnny is a bit… boring, and the cartoon of the Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear really save this movie when it comes down to it. I forgot we actually see cameos of Brer Terrapin, Brer Coon, Brer Bullfrog and a few others too. The most magical moment of all is when Remus cast’s his fishing line and it turns into cartoon close up in foreground…

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  21. ammh says:

    My children have seen it and love it just as much as I did 40 years ago. The concern over the racial stereotypes is ridiclous. It’s about love, respect and friendship – nothing more, nothing less. Skin color was never an issue for me, nor my children. (Fyi…for review purposes, it might be helpful to know that my family is a colorful crew.)
    Release this movie already!

  22. Kelly says:

    We have the NAACP to thank for this long delay of a time honored treasure. How may people are still trying to erase the memory of slavery. Alot of the things we use and travel on were build by slaves, all slaves, African-American, Chinese (Asians), IRISH, and many others. You can’t wipe out history. It’s there for eternity, and so should this piece of art.

  23. RJ says:

    I wish they would release song Of The south officially, what are they waiting for, more people like it than not. i guess for now we have to settle for unreleased versions. I recently found a place that offers it for a low price, just passing on the info for anyone interested.
    songofthesouth.weebly.com

  24. Fred says:

    “Song of the South” is one of the strongest vehicles showing the sadness of the slavery that existed prior to the end of our Civil War, not just in the US but the entire world.

    Uncle Remus was shown to be a dear and wonderful good man, and a very sympathetic character. If the film was “racist” as some narrow-minded people CHOOSE to think, you can be sure Uncle Remus would have been portrayed in a far different way. The same thing hold for the dear woman who worked in the house.

    There is NO RACISM in this movie, none whatsoever. Those who are racists themselves search for racism, and will find it only in their own minds…. these are the professional racists.

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