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Comments for Black Disney Animator Pushes for ‘Song of the South’ Release

Animator defends song of the south

25 Comments

  1. Ken G

    If only this story would get to CNN. Knowing them they probably wouldn’t even interview Floyd being how one-sided I think they are. But this is a perfect example of how much of the media lumps everyone into one bucket and if someone has a different opinion it gets squashed down. Good for Floyd!

  2. Tony

    Ken G your right lets take the opinion of the guy who in this same article admits he doesn’t understand the black experience. Need proof it’s bellow:
    Floyd then reflects on why his experience as an African American growing up in the United States may differ from other Black people.
    He said he “can understand why some African Americans would maybe feel offended by that motion picture and so I’ve tried to come over to their side.”
    He continued, “My wife often says that I live in a bubble … Keep in mind I’m not a kid who had a rough and a tragic life. I was not the victim of racism. I had almost an idyllic life growing up in Santa Barbara, California. I have to be reminded of that, that my perspective is probably not the perspective of most Black Americans.”

    Norman’s wife Adrienne Brown-Norman says that his childhood in 1930s Santa Barbara was far-removed from what other Black People were experiencing in the United States. When he did visit the segregated South “it was so far from what he knew that he didn’t see it affecting him.”

    1. Corey W

      Floyd Norman must be a racist then huh Tony?

      1. Tina

        No. But as Floyd stated himself, and as Tony reiterated, Floyd does not understand what it is to be black in the south, fight systemic racism, or deal with the ongoing racism in America. I actually would like to see the movie, just so I can understand and decide for myself if/what about it is so awful. And in regards to Splash Mountain being changed, people really need to calm down and stop acting like that ride design/concept was so amazing. It really wasn’t and most Disney rides (Test Track and Frozen Ever After for a recent example) eventually get updates. I was never a big fan of Splash Mountain because I thought the animatronics were sad and crusty looking but I also never knew until recently that it was based on Song of the South. I’m personally very excited for the update because I love Princess and the Frog and Tiana has been long overdue for a chance to shine.

        1. Anonymous

          Don’t you talk nonsense Tina. What you said about it not being amazing is not a fact, only based off blind hate. It was so amazing to many. Just because you think it looked crusty looking or sad, doesn’t mean it’s true and nor are you right. So don’t bother lying and keep your hate and delusions out of people’s lives and love for the ride as it was. And besides, with some projects that are not in construction yet, which are likely cancelled or something, the same thing might happen to this retheming. So prepared for the unknown and don’t get disappointed.

    2. Anonymous

      That opinion that Floyd Made sounded more like a fact. Everything he said was true. We’re talking about an animator who knows more.

    3. prince charming

      It is too bad that he isn’t black enough for you. It is exactly what Joe Biden said that if you are black and don’t vote for me then you aren’t really black.

    4. Adrienne Brown

      I’m Floyd’s wife and the article does a little disservice to my husband! He is a black man and understands completely what has happened and is still happening to black people. He’s very passionate and I would have like to see more of the Man I know brought to the fore.

      1. Bailee Abell

        Hi Adrienne! Thank you for writing to us. We’d love to do a follow-up article dedicated to Floyd. Please email news@insidethemagic.net if this is something you two would be interested in. Thank you!

  3. katie

    Anyone who hasn’t seen the movie and wants to can stream it on line.

    1. mark n

      where can you see it?

      1. Rick

        Youtube has it.

  4. Stan

    He’s so right about people reading too much into everything. Not once did any of the animatronics from Splash Mountain even hint at a racial overtone. How sad that so many children will be deprived of Brer Rabbit because Disney pandered to the cancel culture.

    1. Douglass Abramson

      They didn’t, the announcement of the changes just worked to Disney’s advantage when the petition started. First, Disney takes years to make decisions about the popcorn boxes, much less a major ride. IF they were responding to current events, they would have closed the ride until they had a new concept. The fact they had an approved re-theming and detailed concept art indicates that they had likely been working on it for quite some time. Second, the show portion of the ride is over due for a major overhaul. The handful of animatronic characters built for the ride and the sets, are over thirty years old. The majority of the characters and some of the sets were actually recycled from America Sings, with minimal refurbishment; and they were fifteen years old when they were installed in Splash Mountain. My guess is, it was decided that the interior of Splash Mountain requires a major overhaul; replacing animatronic characters and sets and someone decided that if they were going to invest that kind of time and money, the ride should reflect a movie the company will actually let people see.

  5. SheB

    I saw Song of the South when I was a little girl and loved the movie. I saw a man who all the animals loved. Disney+ should put it on their service because it is a paid service and you can choose to watch it or not. People read too much into everything now a days, I think Gone With the Wind is way worse then this movie but people don’t have a problem with that. All Disney movies should be released on their service.

  6. Edward J Held

    The film is ART! It tells Uncle Remis’ stories and Walt just animated them. It won an Academy Award for the song, and no one in the 30s ever cast a Black man as the star of a film ! He also held bobby Driscol’s hand in the movie that was a big moment never seen on film and Hattie McDaniel’s song is too rich to miss! What ashamed Iger is and such a racist two-faced Jew! he let’s Whoopie Goldberg say terrible thigs about people on the View and that show sucks of Black Supremacy ! !!! Release the damn film so kids can learn how to out wit their enemies like Bre Rabbit! – such nonsense going on in America today! #SONG OF THE SOUTH MATTERS!

  7. I agree, I think ” Song of the South” should be released. At least on Disney+. If people don’t want to see it, they don’t have to. It is a very well made movie about the time period. It was one of my favorite movies growing up, and I would love to own it for my kids.

  8. Matt Brewster

    It sickens me how the WDC treats this film! Song of the South is delightful and innocent entertainment, devoid of anything remotely offensive. Uncle Remus is depicted as a good-natured old black man telling tall tales to a couple of white children. What is so terrible about that?

  9. Tony F.

    First let me clarify that I’m NOT the Tony whom commented earlier back to Tina.
    That said. I think I first saw this film as a kid at a drive-in theater back in the 70’s. Obviously the music was catchy and memorable, and performed by very talented actors, particularly Jim Baskett. It was beautifully animated and amazingly blended with the real life characters considering it was made back in the ‘40s!
    The movie meant a lot to me personally as I was one of those smaller kids with not much strength who had to rely on my wits and or ability to talk my way out of trouble with bigger kids. My Dad was in the Navy so was away for much of my younger years, so I didn’t have him there to advise me on such matters. So for me, seeing a Respectable and kind figure like Uncle Remus see that same situation with Johnny, and help him by telling him the tales of Br’er Rabbit, teaching him how to outwit his antagonists and come out on top and unscathed stuck with me and helped me more times than I can remember.
    So by all means, if you so desire, watch the movie again and come to your own conclusions on how you feel about it and don’t let others try to tell you how to feel.

  10. Tony F

    Oops! I meant to say I’m not the Tony whom responded to Ken G!

  11. Wayne

    I’ve never been deprived of this wonderful movie. I had a VHS copy in the 80s, a DVD copy in the 90s, and now I possess a blu-ray copy, recorded in HD, from UK television, while i was staying, in London, several years, ago. My son has seen it, many times, over the years, and even now, at eleven years old, still has a big smile on his face, while watching the movie. Most people hating on this film, have never seen it. It is NOT racist.

  12. TomW

    Song of the South is an absolute classic! I loved it as a kid, and am fortunate to have obtained a foreign release of it that I have shared with my Disney-loving daughters who are astounded at the vitriol directed toward the film. As others have suggested, just throw out that standard disclaimer about it being a product of its time and release it unedited at Disney+ already. I wonder if they are almost more afraid that it will be popular and that people will overwhelmingly call into question why it has been in mothballs all these years. Bowing to the toxic woke mafia is the easier path these days.

  13. EricJ

    Floyd Norman has a career as the “last survivor” of Walt’s animation era, and has been telling the studio stories to anyone who’ll listen–I remember when Norman was a regular columnist back when the Jim Hill Media site was a go-to site for studio and park history. (And then Jim went nutty during the Eisner->Iger/Lasseter takeover, and the site never recovered.)

    I side with him that there’s nothing particularly “damaging” about either Jim Crow or Br’er Rabbit, both of whom are proactive characters and seem to be borrowing from the then recognizable 40’s popularity of the radio “Amos & Andy” (which isn’t the show you think it is). 😉
    As for the dialect, that’s the language that Joel Chandler Harris wrote his stories in, and Remus’s “colorful” narration was trying to remain in the book’s style, to suggest Harris’s storyteller.

  14. Cheryl Rhoden

    The film is based on the book by Harris. He toured the South after the Civil War and interviewed former slaves. The stories in the book are their stories. I’ve long thought that ‘Br’er Rabbit and the Briar Patch” was an allegory for the Underground Railroad. I adored those stories growing up. I don’t know if the film should be re-released as it was originally produced. I do think a new release that places those wonderful stories in their accurate, historical context could be wonderful. The stories should be preserved.

  15. lmariel

    I have been in agreement with Floyd for years. I wish Disney would listen to him, but they are too busy trying to appease the haters. If you haven’t actually seen the movie you should watch it before saying it should be banned. There have been movies released that I have refused to watch and that’s my right. But it’s not my right to tell others that they shouldn’t watch it.

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