Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia, that weekly series that shares with you some unique Disney Trivia for you to enjoy! Thank you for joining me and my cohorts Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head today!
Today’s trivia comes from the movie that would supply the theme for the great ride Splash Mountain — Song of the South!
Did you know…
That, on November 12, 1946, in Atlanta, Georgia, the movie Song of the South premiered at the Fox Theater! The film, based on the books by Joel Chandler Harris, is Walt’s first major plunge into live-action filmmaking (although it also contains animated segments). The kindhearted storyteller Uncle Remus (portrayed by James Baskett) tells a young boy stories about trickster Br’er Rabbit, who outwits Br’er Fox and slow-witted Br’er Bear. The premiere is sponsored jointly by the Atlanta Junior League and the Uncle Remus Memorial Association. In attendance is Walt Disney himself, who makes introductory remarks, introduces the cast and then surprisingly leaves the theater before the film starts. There is concern that Song of the South will encounter controversy. (The film and its hit songs including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” will later provide the inspiration for the Splash Mountain attractions at Disney theme parks.)
Personally, I’ve never seen Song of the South, and I know that there are some people that claim that the movie is racist. I’m unable to speak to that, but I would be interested to know what your thoughts are. Here’s what I do know, though — the song Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah is one of the most recognized songs to ever come out of a Disney movie — and what makes it even more remarkable is that Song of the South hasn’t been seen in the theaters since November, 1986…
I have been able to find a YouTube video with the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah song, so please enjoy it, and thanks for stopping by! After you watch the video, make sure you click on the rest of the entries to see what they have to share!
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