What is, perhaps, the most controversial Disney film in history is shockingly available on a “faith-friendly” streaming platform.
The Walt Disney Company has created timeless stories that have lived and will continue to live in the hearts of generations of fans. From Steamboat Willie (1928), The Skeleton Dance (1929), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), and Bambi (1942) to Wish (2023), Strange World (2023), Encanto (2021), Frozen (2013), and Moana (2016), there is no question that The Walt Disney Company knows how to enchant their audience with its magical storytelling.
However, some projects are better off kept under wraps, controversial films that may not align with the current values The Walt Disney Company tries to promote. These projects are obviously unavailable on Disney+, the company’s streaming platform, but recently, fans noticed a polemic Disney Film available on a different platform.
As shared by u/Poodlekitty on Reddit a few days ago, the “faith-friendly” streaming platform ReDiscover Television is currently showcasing Disney’s controversial 1946 film, Song of the South.
Per ReDiscover Television, the Disney films showcased on the platform are “a few of the early works of Walt Disney Productions that are no longer copyrighted.” Available titles include Steamboat Willie (1928) and Education for Death (1943), a propaganda short made by Walt Disney during World War II, which remains one of the least advertised works by The Walt Disney Company, along with Der Fuehrer’s Face (1943) and Victory Through Airpower (1943).
While the platform states that the Disney films offered are no longer copyrighted, it is unclear if they are allowed to stream works from The Walt Disney Company, particularly such polemic ones as the ones mentioned above.
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Song of the South inspired the beloved attraction Splash Mountain, located in Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. However, due to the attraction’s history and the story that inspired it, Disney recently decided to retheme the attraction, reimagining its storyline to follow Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen after the events of The Princess and the Frog (2009). This retheming has been controversial since the moment it was announced by Disney officials, dividing fans and polarizing reactions to the upcoming attraction.
Do you think Disney should keep Splash Mountain as it is, inspired by Song of the South? Or should the attraction be rethemed? Let us know in the comments below!