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Who's Afraid of the Song of the South? And Other Forbidden Disney Stories Paperback – December 12, 2012
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His latest book, "Who's Afraid of Song of the South?" is a much-needed account of Disney's most notorious work. Though talked about endlessly, there is actually very little written about the movie based on hard facts and anecdotes from the key players. Jim rectifies this with a most excellent history of how SONG OF THE SOUTH was conceived, made, and received. If you feel that the film is a product of its time, you would be right. But did you also know that there was a general concern over perceivable racism in the film's material at the time while it was actually being made? No spoilers from me: to find out why, read the book.
If there is a flaw with this tome, it's that there isn't even more on the actual movie in it. More than half of the book is devoted to articles by Jim about the more 'verboten' side of Disney. Granted, I always like whatever Jim has to say about Disney, and the included articles are mostly excellent. But it felt like I had bought something of a misnomer, given it's a book about SONG OF THE SOUTH and not even half of it is devoted to the film. Maybe there's something to that - that the movie simply isn't good or interesting enough to warrant an entire book solely about it. I certainly don't feel slighted or have any unanswered questions after reading Jim's account, so perhaps there's really not much more to say about the film and its history.Read more ›
Pro: Jim Korkis-- one of the top Disney historians who really knows what Disney has been up to over the years. He not only talks about Song of the South, a breakthrough in animation/storytelling, but addresses the controversy around it with a historian's eye. Also, he looks at other topics that are more "salacious" in Disney history. I liked this, as it is a little controversial for your average Disney book but not The Dark Side of Disney dark. I feel that he represented many ideas that the big D may not want to address, but did it with a historian's eye.
Con: I am unsure if this book transcends beyond Disney fans--most of these books hit the more "hard core" Disney nerd then your usual "general history of Disney" type books. However, if you are not a super fan then consider getting this book because of the other themes (like racism in TV/Film history, revisionist history and how corporations deal with skeletons in their closet) that are in this book.
Get it. Fun reading, and just a pleasure.
Now comes WHO'S AFRAID OF THE SONG OF THE SOUTH? by premier Disney historian Jim Korkis. This recent volume, one of a couple on the subject, details every aspect of the film from its original inspirations through its early protests (Which I had not been aware of previously), the exploitation of the characters in comics, several successful film re-releases and the eventual burial of the picture itself. All of this follows an enlightened and enlightening foreword by Disney's legendary first black animator, Floyd Norman.
It's a convoluted tale at best and one of the odder ones in Disney history for any number of reasons but Korkis is the one to streamline it. Arguably the best Disney historian of them all, having been so both officially and unofficially for decades now, he knows where the bodies are buried...or in this case frozen...or contrary to persistent rumor, not.
Jim categorizes all of the different aspects of SONG OF THE SOUTH into separate chapters, giving the reader easy to digest doses of how the individual aspects all fit into the larger image.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed reading about facts that I was not aware of, regarding this movie. I hope some day Disney will release it to the public on DVD. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Barbara J. Sears-Gad
I know I am only one customer out of millions or even billions but I'm going to take a stand on this issue. My household is now a Disney free zone. Read morePublished 1 month ago by FNRinILM
Nice book! Very interesting subject. Thanks for the great customer service.Published 2 months ago by Maria Adam
Well and entertainingly written with many historical details. Puts the film "Song of the South" into an historical context better than any other source I have seen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mathofiles
This is an inside story of the making of Song of The South. I bought it for my husband, who LOVES Song of the South. He LOVED the book.Published 2 months ago by V. Looney
Wonderful book filled with interesting facts about this Walt Disney treasure. Jim Korkis approaches the material in a reasonable fashion without buying into modern prejudices. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yancy Evans
Well written. Talks about some of the things I never knew about Disney productions. A Good read for any Disney fan.Published 3 months ago by jane hepler
Recently I had a conversation with another baby boomer about how much we miss the movie Song of the South. I saw it when I was a child about Bobby Driscoll's age. Read morePublished 6 months ago by kikeo58
Just let us see Song of the South, Disney! You Only Live Twice, Gone With the Wind, and Breakfast at Tiffany's are all just as (if not more) problematic and yet they get rereleased... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matthew R. Johnson