Disney seeks to remove any link to one of its films that was banned

Disney seeks to remove any link to one of its films that was banned

Disney continues to break ties with the film Song of the South, his feature film released in 1946 that won him an Oscar for Best Score in 1948.

“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” the song that originates from Disney’s 1946 film Song of the South, has been excerpted from the Magic Happens parade at Disneyland, reports Los Angeles Times. Officials confirmed to the outlet that a lyric of the song was removed from the parade soundtrack without specifying why.

Presumably, though, it’s for the same reason Disney is revisiting Splash Mountain: because Song of the South has been condemned for using racist tropes. The film takes place on a Georgia plantation in the Reconstruction-era South, and one of the main characters is a black man, Uncle Remus, who works there and sings “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” .

Disney CEO Bob Iger said in 2020 that Song of the South “not appropriate in today’s world”and the NAACP has said that “helps perpetuate a dangerously glorified image of slavery” when giving “the impression of an idyllic relationship between master and slave”. .” In “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”Uncle Remus sings about “what a wonderful day”. The Magic Happens Parade now features a Peter Pan song instead of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” reports the Times.

Disney’s log flume ride, Splash Mountain, was based on Song of the South and features the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” But the company announced in 2020 that the attraction will be redesigned as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure based on The Princess and the Frog, which features Disney’s first black princess. Splash Mountain closed at Disney World earlier this year, though it’s still open at Disneyland.

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