I'm watching this cartoon for the 1st time ever. And learned all about this just today>
Its a old Disney Classic that takes place in the old south here in the Atlanta GA area. But filmed in 1946.
This cartoon has a crazy history. Most evidently that the cartoon was semi banned from stores and tv because it portrays blacks as slaves/servants in the movie. It wasnt meant to be a political movie and theres no flagrant miss treating. Actually in the movie everyone is friends and whites and blacks get along fine. The plot is an old black man telling a story to a group of young black kids and a white kid walks by and starts listening because he likes the old mans story. So they invite him over, he sits and they all listen together about this story of Brear Rabbit and all these animals. It was just telling a mans story. This is the cool part. That man, the black man....see him in the picture above. Thats Uncle Remus. Hes the true author and creator of Brear Rabbit and this movie. He was born and raised in Eatonton GA. About 15-20 minutes from where I live. His original house is set up as a museum. Its small, but its where he made history by creating Brear rabbit and the Briar Patch stories. About 50 books that sold huge numbers. But not nearly as many people visit this museum as they should. Mainly because the cartoon was banned for todays politically correct ears. So by censoring it, they ruined a mans legacy and tarnished a lifetime of collective work that people would enjoy forever. Whats ironic is most people (myself included) dont even know about the cartoon until you find out the local history of Uncle Remus. However everyone on EARTH knows his "ZIPPIDY DOO DA, ZIPPIDY YEAH" song and all the images of the characters featured in Disneys Splash Mountain.
So the movie cant be shown and enjoyed, but the ride can be. Only w/o a mention of Uncle Remus, the Author from Eatonton GA.
So if they would have let the mans legend live on, his lil museum in the small town near where I live would have major tourism and hed be a legend. Kinda sad. Maybe someday they will do a new version, to give the man his props and legacy back.
Edited by LakersGAFan, November 03, 2012 - 05:08 PM.