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Song of the South (1946) DVD

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Song of the South (1946)


 Wilfred Jackson, Harve Foster


 Joel Chandler Harris (book), Dalton S. Reymond(story)


 Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett 
Song of the South is a blend of live action and animation, based on the popular "Uncle Remus" stories of Joel Chandler Harris. Set in the years just after the Civil War, the story begins with young Johnny (Bobby Driscoll) being sent to live at the southern plantation of his grandmother (Lucile Watson) while his parents contemplate divorce. At first disconsolate, the boy is cheered up by African-American handyman Uncle Remus (James Baskett), who tells him many delightful fables concerning the clever trickster Br'er Rabbit, whose adventures are illustrated in cartoon form. Each story has a moral, which Johnny applies to the exigencies of his real life. Johnny's mother (Ruth Warrick) disapproves of Uncle Remus, and orders the boy never to visit the kindly old black man again. Uncle Remus packs his bags and leaves; while chasing after him, Johnny is injured by a bull. He recovers thanks to the friendly presence of Uncle Remus, and all is forgiven. The film was awarded the Best Song Oscar for "Zip-a-dee Doo Dah," and James Baskett won a special Oscar for his portrayal of Uncle Remus.

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  1. Okay! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on May 3rd 2021

    Excellent- Thanks!

  2. what a great teacher of life movie 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Apr 7th 2021

    Uncle Remus is the one of the best examples of a man and teacher in movie history. Everyone should see this one.

  3. WOW awesome quality and sound 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Apr 4th 2020

    THANK you Zeus for providing such a quality product at affordable rates. We are enjoying this one and very pleased with the overall quality.

  4. A Disney First - Sadly Out-of-View Today 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jan 20th 2020

    Disney's 'Song of the South' has been controversial for decades, primarily because of it's well-rooted in the 1940s portrayal of blacks. Stepping away from that, it was the studio's first feature-length mix of live action and animated elements, so there is technical innovation on view here.

    If you park the racial stereotyping and view the film as a technical exercise, it's a good piece of work with the superb Disney animation of the time when the 'computers' doing the rendering were people in Burbank. It's a great production from the viewing experience, especially in the majesty of old Technicolor. The Zeus version is crisp and clear, allowing one to get a great idea as to how it looked on the screen when it initially popped audiences eyes back in late 1946.

    It's certainly worth a look since it's got a great base in entertainment, even if the social aspects of the film are from a long-gone generation.

    One point my wife made: black Uncle Remus (James Baskett) is by far and away the sharpest and most likeable character in the whole film, while the white kids are nauseatingly unpleasant brats.

    Sum-Up: The film's worth a watch if only for James Baskett's sequence singing 'Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah' surrounded with that magnificent Disney animation. But there's a lot more than that.

  5. A surprising treasure 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Aug 24th 2019

    I really appreciated being able to get a copy of the movie. I guess it will never get released by Disney because of the way it portrayed African Americans. However, back in the 1940's the simple truth is that the world was in a different place. Take the move for what it is not what it should be.

  6. Beautiful print 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jul 28th 2018

    This film has been hard to find for a long time. Disney stopped releasing it, and it was not, as far as I was aware, available anywhere. The print was so beautiful that it was almost painful to the eyes, and the animation was a revelation. It is a bit confusing as to whether the time period was pre-civil war or post-civil war, which makes it clear why Disney stopped releasing it. Too bad.... I'm glad I have it!

  7. Unexpected Treasure 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jun 26th 2018

    Much appreciate this DVD for Song of the South - in beautiful color. Great film, great video and audio quality. Wonderful to finally have this gem. Chapter stops included. Delivery was prompt. Thank you !

  8. Great Movie 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Apr 15th 2018

    One of my favorites, from my childhood.

  9. I was a little girl again! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jan 31st 2018

    This movie is just as good as I remembered it was when I was a little girl. The quality was much better than I expected as well. Thank you Zeus for bringing back some of the old hard to find favorites!

  10. Clear Picture, High Grade Sound/Audio 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jan 28th 2018

    It was always disappointing that the Disney Company has never reissued and remastered Song of The South. I'm surprised there's an issue with the film, as Uncle Remus is insightful and intelligent throughout and all come to respect him. Class is present in the film. But social stratification was a feature of early societies in general across all skin, such as the work houses in UK society. What is impressive in the film is how the Black Americans rise above their circumstances courageously, and there is solid evidence of trusting relationships between all persons. It can be regarded as a family film for all ages.
    Technically this would have to be a ground breaking film, combining animation and real-life along with some delightful lyrics.
    Zeus has come up with a real winner in their source print to dvd transfer. The dvd is a significant improvement on previous low resolution versions (vhs grade). The sound track is quite crisp too.
    Thank you Zeus for a job well done. At last I have a version of Song of The South which I'm looking to watching on a larger screen.

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