Uncle Remus draws upon his tales of Brer Rabbit to help little Johnny deal his confusion over his parents' separation as well as his new life on the plantation. The tales: The Briar Patch, The Tar Baby and Brer Rabbit's Laughing place. Written by
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had long wanted to make a film based on the Uncle Remus storybook, but it was not until the mid-1940s that he had found a way to give the stories an adequate film equivalent in scope and fidelity. "I always felt that Uncle Remus should be played by a living person", Disney commented, "as should also the young boy to whom Harris' old Negro philosopher relates his vivid stories of the Briar Patch. Several tests in previous pictures, especially in The Three Caballeros
(1944), were encouraging in the way living action and animation could be dovetailed. Finally, months ago, we 'took our foot in hand,' in the words of Uncle Remus, and jumped into our most venturesome but also more pleasurable undertaking." Song of the South
(1946) represented Disney's first foray into live action filmmaking with story, drama, depth, and heart, although it features animated sequences of the adventures of Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Fox, and Br'er Bear. Treasure Island
(1950), four years later, would be Disney's first all-live action motion picture. For Song of the South, Disney pulled out all the stops to hire the best and well accomplished in Hollywood to work on the film's live action sequences, including the legendary cinematographer Gregg Toland
(The Best Years of Our Lives
(1946), Citizen Kane
(1941), The Grapes of Wrath
(1940), The Long Voyage Home
(1940), Wuthering Heights
(1939)). See more
Before Uncle Remus tells the story about the Laughing Place, the mud on Ginny's dress disappears and reappears between shots. See more
There's other ways of learning about the behind feet of a mule than getting kicked by them, sure as I'm named Remus. And just because these here tales is about critters like Br'er Rabbit an' Br'er Fox, that don't mean they ain't the same like can happen to folks! So them who can't learn from a tale about critters, just ain't got the ears tuned for listening.
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