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Disney Has Done It Again
on June 8, 2000
When FANTASIA was released on home video in 1991, there was a clip missing (also from recent theatrical releases) becauses it was deemed offensive to today's audiences. When ALADDIN was released to home video, pressure groups insisted some lyrics of the opening song be changed from the theatrical release (of course they weren't changed on the soundtrack CD which came with the "special edition" video release). When MELODY TIME was first released to home video in 1998, the cigarette dangling from the mouth of the character Pecos Bill was edited out (evidently Disney villains can smoke, but not the hero). When THE LITTLE MERMAID was re-released to home video in 1998, the advertising said Fully Restored - but the closing credits were pushed to one side to make room for a "music video" and the song was not even the original song accompanying those end credits - this is restored?
And now we have MAKE MINE MUSIC - the last of the animated Disney features to be released on home video (some had previously been released on laser disc but not video). It is difficult to believe that anything Disney released to theatres to all audiences in 1946 would be considered objectionable to today's more cynical audiences more than 50 years later - but evidently Disney thinks so. The first of the 10 musical segments that make up this film (the same format as FANTASIA) is missing! The segment is called The Martins and The Coys, performed by The King's Men (whose name has been erased from the opening credits!). This film has played several times - intact - on the Disney channel (thank God for VCRs) for almost 10 years - the last being less than one year ago. But now, evidently for the home video audience, a segment about feuding hillbillies is considered too objectionable.
I like this film, and it is important to me to have it in my Disney animated features video collection. Regardless if it is your cup of tea (old 40s music), or if the DVD has good sound and pictures, I cannot recommend this film. When I buy something on home video, I expect it to be complete - regardless of Disney's devotion to what is considered PC. We can't protect anyone from the past.