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Song of the South
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December 1946 (UK) See more »
Only the magic of Walt Disney could bring you the tales of Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit . . . live actors with cartoon background! See more »
The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br'er Rabbit, who outwits Br'er Fox and slow-witted Br'er Bear. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Wow, what a shame. One of Disney's BEST films. Period. See more (244 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ruth Warrick ... Sally

Bobby Driscoll ... Johnny
James Baskett ... Uncle Remus / Br'er Fox (Voice)

Luana Patten ... Ginny
Lucile Watson ... Grandmother

Hattie McDaniel ... Aunt Tempy
Erik Rolf ... John (as Eric Rolf)
Glenn Leedy ... Toby
Mary Field ... Mrs. Favers
Anita Brown ... Maid
Georgie Nokes ... Jake Favers (as George Nokes)
Gene Holland ... Joe Favers
Nick Stewart ... Br'er Bear (voice) (as Nicodemus Stewart)
Johnny Lee ... Br'er Rabbit (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Babette De Castro ... Bird Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Cherie De Castro ... Bird Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Peggy De Castro ... Bird Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Roy Glenn ... Bullfrog (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ... Mr. Bluebird (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Harve Foster (live action)
Wilfred Jackson (animation director)
Writing credits
Joel Chandler Harris (book "Tales of Uncle Remus")

Dalton S. Reymond (story) (as Dalton Reymond)

Bill Peet (cartoon story) and
Ralph Wright (cartoon story) and
Vernon Stallings (cartoon story) (as George Stallings)

Dalton S. Reymond (screenplay) (as Dalton Reymond) and
Morton Grant (screenplay) and
Maurice Rapf (screenplay)

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
Perce Pearce .... associate producer
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
Charles Wolcott 
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland 
Film Editing by
William Morgan  (as William M. Morgan)
Art Direction by
Perry Ferguson 
Costume Design by
Mary Wills 
Production Management
Frederic Leahy .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Atwood .... assistant director (uncredited)
William McGarry .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Elmer Plummer .... art treatment
Irving W. Sindler .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... sound recordist
C.O. Slyfield .... sound director
Harold J. Steck .... sound recordist (as Harold Steck)
Gloria Gottschalk .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Brad Case .... effects animator
Blaine Gibson .... effects animator
Ub Iwerks .... special processes
Joshua Meador .... effects animator
George Rowley .... effects animator
Camera and Electrical Department
Vic Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
Animation Department
Hal Ambro .... animator
Ken Anderson .... cartoon art director (as Kenneth Anderson)
Philip Barber .... cartoon art director
Mary Blair .... background and color stylist
Jack Campbell .... animator
Les Clark .... directing animator
Claude Coats .... background and color stylist
Al Coe .... animator
Marc Davis .... directing animator
Al Dempster .... background artist
Harold Doughty .... cartoon art director
Hugh Hennesy .... cartoon art director
Ray Huffine .... background artist
Ralph Hulett .... background artist
Ollie Johnston .... directing animator: "Br'er Rabbit", "Br'er Bear" and "Br'er Fox": Br'er Rabbit Runs Away
Milt Kahl .... directing animator: "Br'er Rabbit", "Br'er Bear" and "Br'er Fox": "Br'er Rabbit and the Tar Baby"
Hal King .... animator
Rudy Larriva .... animator
Eric Larson .... directing animator
John Lounsbery .... directing animator
Don Lusk .... animator
Brice Mack .... background artist
Tom Massey .... animator
Murray McClellan .... animator
Cliff Nordberg .... animator
Ken O'Brien .... animator
Charles Philippi .... cartoon art director
Ed Starr .... background artist (as Edgar Starr)
Harvey Toombs .... animator
Clarke Mallery .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Paul Murry .... animator (uncredited)
Bill Peet .... animation planner (uncredited)
Music Department
Ken Darby .... vocal supervisor
Ray Gilbert .... composer: songs
Robert MacGimsey .... composer: songs
Edward H. Plumb .... orchestrator (as Edward Plumb)
Paul J. Smith .... composer: cartoon score
Charles Wolcott .... musical director
Allie Wrubel .... composer: songs
Edmundo Santos .... lyrics: Spanish version (uncredited)
Charles Wolcott .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Mitchell Kovaleski .... associate technicolor color director
Crew believed to be complete

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94 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | France:Tous publics | Japan:G | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/4 | South Korea:All | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #11183) | USA:G (1971) | West Germany:6 (1982)
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Did You Know?

Walt Disney frequently met with director King Vidor, in hopes of hiring him to direct the live-action sequences. Vidor is also responsible for directing the sepia-tone Kansas sequences in The Wizard of Oz (1939), including Judy Garland's legendary "Over the Rainbow" musical number.See more »
Boom mic visible: Shadows of the mike and boom are visible in the early scene in Johnny's room.See more »
[first lines]
Uncle Remus: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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182 out of 198 people found the following review useful.
Wow, what a shame. One of Disney's BEST films. Period., 20 August 2004
Author: Tom_Powers30 from Raleigh, NC

I recently viewed 'Song of the South' after not having seen it for at least 15 years if not longer. The last time that I had seen this wonderful family film was when I was around nine years old during one of its several theatrical re-issues in the early 1980's.

OK, some say that this film is politically incorrect. No, it isn't. Let me explain and let's look at the positive messages before jumping to conclusions please: This film is not ABOUT SLAVERY. It is a film that has slavery in it, yes, but it is not the subject of the film. The subject of the film is the friendship between an elderly kind man (he's a African-American!!!!) and a nice little boy (he's Caucasian!) This little boy looks up to Uncle Remus as if Remus is god-like. For a 1946 film to treat a subject in this way is commendable. Tell you what if you want to get angry at a film try a myriad of other 1940's films and see the negative portrayals of black actors in them; you'll find none of that here. At all. My opinion and quite frankly a truthful one. Now, enough with the 2004 cynical comments and on with the show.

I will say this right now: It is deplorable that Disney has not released this film when movies like 'Gone With The Wind' and 'The Charlie Chan Collection' are being released by major studios with disclaimers, etc. dealing with the views of some political groups who get their shorts in an uproar over the most benign issues and should focus their powers elsewhere and leave a beloved family film with a great message alone.

This film has several genuinely touching moments that culminate in the innovative technique of combing animation (the amazing 'Brer Rabbit sequences) with live-action actors. Disney was the George Lucas of his day and he has managed to do what some have thought lacking in the recent Star Wars films; connect to an audience with animated characters! There's heart and soul in this film.

Bottom line--Disney, a good company, is depriving itself of a goldmine because people are still paying to get copies of this film from outside resources and would gladly plunk down hard-earned ca$h for an anniversary edition, with as many disclaimers as Disney would like to stamp on it, make it a net-exclusive or's depressing to think that this will never be released on video here in the United States. Really, what is the worse that would happen? There'd be a minor stink and then guess what? I'd have 'Song of The South' on my DVD shelf along with other lovers of great films and we'd all move on to the next thing and have a zip-a-dee-doo-dah Day!

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What are they accomplishing by not releasing it in the USA jim1174
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