Song of the South is a semi-live action/animated Disney film based on the Uncle Remus stories. There has been a lot of controversy over film about the depiction of black ex-slaves, and so has never been released on DVD. A lot of other films considered racially controversial have been released on DVD, so do you think it is right for this one to be held back?
I think it is wrong not to bring it out on DVD for a couple of reasons.
1. Collectors are unable to get the full Disney set unless like me they have the video (but video players aren't made anymore).
2. Not bringing out the DVD is like pretending racism in film never occurred, which is bad in itself.
Disney likes to pretend that that one never happened. Hmm. Personally I have no desire to see it again. What would be awesome would be if Disney made a feature film about Brer Rabbit. Trickster heroes rock.
I think it should be released. Warner Brothers famously released some of their old WWII era cartoons with a disclaimer that I think put things in perspective quite well, and did a very effective job. I think doing something similar for a release of Song of the South would allow it to be studied as a product of it's time.
Actually went and quickly looked up the disclaimer that they had, which puts things more eloquently than I can:
'The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were false then and are still false today. While the following does not represent the WB view of society, these cartoons are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as to claim these prejudices never existed.'