Watched this earlier on BBC 2 on British television, whats all the fuss about and where are the racist overtones because i don't see any ?
The film seemed to me to present its black actors in a good light and not in a bad way and they were shown to be intelligent perhaps more intelligent than the white plantation owners, it reminded me a little of Gone With The Wind with the plantation stuff but it was a much gentler film, i must add it isn't by any means what i would call a Disney classic, i didn't find it that enjoyable and the songs were totally forgettable as far as i was concerned.
I did a little digging and found out that the author of the original books on which Disney based this film has had most of his books if not all of them banned in America ( or at least hard to find according to the sites i visited ) perhaps the fact the author had his books banned influenced Disneys decision to not allow a DVD release.
Very forgettable film which is not the least bit racist, Uncle Remus and all the other plantation ( slave ? ) workers seem to get on well with the plantation owners who allow their son to frequent among the workers without a worry or a care in the world. I don't know much about the history of that time but i suspect it was in the interests of the owners of such plantations to foster good relations with their slave workers, i seem to recall the film Amistad told the story about how slave workers were imported from Africa and my own opinion is that sections of white america who are ashamed of their past probably would like to cover this up but i think the past should be taught so we can learn from our mistakes and not repeat them, i don't care what color a person's skin is or what language they speak or what part of the world they are from, i respect all life including animals and i'm not a hippy :) banning films like this or films like Birth of a Nation ( which is definately more racist ) is wrong, Hitler banned and wanted to burn all books because if you deny people the truth and seek to censor then you can bend and shape peoples minds and distort history, thats what political correctness seeks to do, i hope Disney sees sense and releases this film as it isn't a very good film but it at least deserves to be seen so people can make up their own minds.
Straight after this was shown BBC 2 started showing the Charles Laughton version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, great cinematography which even today stands the test of time ( although the overacting is bad and i can't help thinking about how Disney put a happy ending on their version ) this film is also about intolerance and how sections of society in power try to dictate how others live their life and how those who do not conform to a certain viewpoint ( or look a certain way ) get ostracised and are made to become outcasts and shunned and looked down upon, hmmm surely this couldn't be happening in 2004 ........................................ or could it.