Out of the many things we do not have in this museum, Song of the South is the one we field the most questions about.
In honor of both Song of the South’s birthday (release date: November 12th, 1946) and my mom’s birthday (release date: undisclosed) here are some frequently asked questions and our typical answers.
Do you sell Song of the South?
Why no, no we do not. In fact, no one has been selling Song of the South since it’s never been released for home consumption in the United States.
Song of the South is really racist, right? Is that why it’s banned?
Well, first of all, it’s not banned. It’s just not distributed in the US. It was a different story over in Great Britain and Asia until 2001. And to answer your other question, well… how about you read this enlightened opinion and let me know what you think.
But Disney doesn’t have anything to do with the movie now, right?
Aside for their most popular amusement park attraction, Splash Mountain, nope!
Was Joel Chandler Harris pleased with what they did with his stories?
Tough to say, since JCH passed away in 1908, 38 years before the movie’s release.
Well, what about his family?
They sold a handful of stories to Disney in 1939 for $10,000. On the one hand, yay! $10,000! Renewed interest! On the other, there was probably some self-kicking later.
Do y’all have a relationship with Disney now?
See: self-kicking later. Not even a few royalties, guys? Please?
No, but really: you guys can sell it to me, right?
Not even a little. Try eBay! Or piece together a few YouTube clips–
Anything we missed? Use the comments!