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Song of the South is a blend of live action and animation, based on the popular "Uncle Remus" stories of Joel Chandler Harris. Set in the years just after the Civil War, the story begins with young Johnny (Bobby Driscoll) being sent to live at the southern plantation of his grandmother (Lucile Watson) while his parents contemplate divorce. At first disconsolate, the boy is cheered up by African-American handyman Uncle Remus (James Baskett), who tells him many delightful fables concerning the clever trickster Br'er Rabbit, whose adventures are illustrated in cartoon form. Each story has a moral, which Johnny applies to the exigencies of his real life. Johnny's mother (Ruth Warrick) disapproves of Uncle Remus, and orders the boy never to visit the kindly old black man again. Uncle Remus packs his bags and leaves; while chasing after him, Johnny is injured by a bull. He recovers thanks to the friendly presence of Uncle Remus, and all is forgiven. The film was awarded the Best Song Oscar for "Zip-a-dee Doo Dah," and James Baskett won a special Oscar for his portrayal of Uncle Remus. Disney has withheld the movie in the U.S. ever since its last theatrical re-release in 1986, due to controversy over what some (including the NAACP) argue is a sugar-coated depiction of the Reconstruction-era South. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray Gilbert Best Song 1947 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Daniele Amfitheatrof Best Score - Musical 1947 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Wolcott Best Score - Musical 1947 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Allie Wrubel Best Song 1947 Winner

Cast

Bobby Driscoll
as Johnny
Mary Field
as Mrs. Favers
Gene Holland
as Favers Boy
Hattie McDaniel
as Aunt Tempy
Luana Patten
as Ginny
Erik Rolf
as John
Ruth Warrick
as Sally
Lucile Watson
as Grandmother

Crew

Harve Foster
Director
Wilfred Jackson
Director
Walt Disney
Producer
Ralph Wright
Screenwriter
Morton Grant
Screenwriter
George Stallings
Screen Story
Bill Peet
Screenwriter
Gregg Toland
Cinematographer
Allie Wrubel
Composer (Music Score)
Charles Wolcott
Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Wolcott
Composer (Music Score)
Foster Carling
Songwriter
Daniele Amfitheatrof
Composer (Music Score)
Ub Iwerks
Special Effects
Eustace Lycett
Special Effects
Cliff Nordberg
Animator
John Lounsbery
Animator
Hal Ambro
Animator
Milt Kahl
Animator
Marc Davis
Animator
Murray McClellan
Animator
Don Lusk
Animator
Hal King
Animator
Rudy Larriva
Animator
Les Clark
Animator
Harvey Toombs
Animator
Brice Mack
Background Artist
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