Disney fans say Splash Mountain, inspired by "Song of the South", should be reconsidered

Disney fans say Splash Mountain, inspired by “Song of the South”, should be reconsidered

Splash Mountain, a staple in both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California, starring the moving characters from “Song of the South”, the 1946 film has long been criticized for “spiritual” black stereotypes and his seemingly nostalgic view of the antivelo South.

Fans want to keep going. But they are urging Disney to reject the entire report.

Many suggestions have been made to encourage Disney to resume its popular journey. The most popular is proposing to revisit it for “The Princess and the Frog,” Disney’s first film featuring a black princess. Some of them have been turned into Reports Change.org.

The reports come at a time when companies – and the country – are counting on their own prejudices and, occasionally, racist stories.

Problems with “Song of the South”

Splash Mountain stars Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox, along with all the ducks and chickens and frogs that share their southern home and ends up in a high fall that sends riders straight through the thorny plinth. But the moving characters that appeared everywhere came from the 1946 film “Song of the South”, known for the song “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah”.

The film has long been criticized for its romantic view after the Southern Civil War. Guardian’s Scott Tobias wrote in 2019 that “the world and the issues of both [the live-action portion and animated segments starring Brer Rabbit] boosting nostalgia for a plantation in the Reconstruction era. ”

Princess Diana (back row, R) leads Splash Mountain to the Disney World Magic Kingdom in 1993.

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The story of Brer Rabbit is also controversial.

Harris’ stories were told by an elderly black man named Uncle Remus, who is reuniting the son of a plantation owner with stories about Brer Rabbit and his companions. These stories formed the basis of the “Song of the South.”

Today, scholars and readers say Harris’ stories use unquestionably racist stereotypes.

Disney, which has discovered dozens of forgotten streaming movies on Disney +, has decided to keep “Song of the South” in the treasury. It has never been widely circulated at home in the United States, either because of racist criticism.
But Disneyland opened Splash Mountain in 1989, decades after the film’s debut and refused to release the video. Uncle Remus is nowhere to be seen, but the animals of the country still speak the same dialect that Harris used in his stories and Disney used in the film.

CNN has contacted Disneyland and Walt Disney World for comments and is waiting to hear.

The discussion about racism in older movies

Protests at the national level against racism and white supremacy revive perennial debates about how art should be treated in decades – as racist and indifferent or a remnant of a particular era.

HBO Max said it would soon issue similar warnings to “Gone with the Wind”, which was temporarily removed from the flow service after criticism of the portrayal of racism, slavery and blacks in the film of the anti-Babylonian South.
Even more recent movies such as “The Blind Side” and “The Help” are shown through a different lens. Both have been criticized for their “white savior” job since their debut in 2009 and 2011 respectively, although both have been nominated for – and won – many Academy Awards.
And last week, as national protests against police killings of black Americans roared, “Help” became the most watched movie on Netflix. Entertainment Weekly reports. It is a story of black domestic workers and white women working for in the mid-20th century, and even its stars have criticized the views it portrays.

Disney members also want change

Frederick Chambers, who said he works in Disneyland, California, told CNN that his partner shared a “re-thematic challenge at Splash Mountain.”

Chambers, who for years has developed an idea to change the subject of “The Princess and the Frog” and often talked about it with his “cast members” colleagues, saw the same idea being discussed in their circles. Disney fans.

“It turns out that a lot of people see the same issues as I’m attracted to,” he said.

Chambers said he believed the issue was “very reasonable” and noted how Disney had done it before: In a few months, Disney California Adventure Park changed the subject of the Tower of Terror, based on “The Twilight Zone,” “in Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.

“The bones of attraction are good, but I think it’s time to take a serious look at where our stories come from and how people of color are represented on screen and in parks,” he said.

Now, the updated scene shows pirates – the animatronic woman who was ready to auction the old tent between them – auctioning items from the village they looted.

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