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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During research for the film, Walt Disney himself spoke to several African American academics and historians who whilst they were in favor of the Uncle Remus stories being told to a wider audience they strongly suggested that any depiction of the black characters in the film should be handled sensitively. They suggested such things as to avoid stereotypes such as communal singing in the cotton fields and to show the harsh conditions these people endured as well as avoid showing them totally happy and carefree. However Disney chose to ignore the advice he was given and as a result the film has become something of an embarrassment for the corporation ever since it was released, with James Baskett's performance and the animated artwork highly praised but the dubious politics and racial stereotypes making it a cinematic pariah of the Disney back catalog. 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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A very effective blend of live-action and animation that is sadly unavailable in the US.
I saw this on one of it's re-releases when I was very young and it has stayed with me. It is one of Disney's best efforts and I'd love to see it again. Unfortunately, Disney is loathe to offend anyone and it therefore seems that this film will be consigned to the vaults because Disney is unwilling to risk any heat. It's too bad, because the film teachs tolerance among other lessons. Recommended, if you can see it at all.
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