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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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Other than that caveat, Who's Afraid... is a great read all the way through. Some of the things in the book are new information - especially the chapters that are devoted to Disney's dabbling in industrial films and animation and other aspects that are not as well known about the studio. For a Disney buff, or for someone who would like to know a bit more about one of America's most clamored for films, that may never see the light of day, this is a great book.
A delightful read.
My only criticism of the book is that some of the most interesting chapters ended abruptly, sometimes in what I felt was midstory. In fact, the whole book ends this way, which was a bit disappointing.
Nevertheless, this is an excellent read for anyone interested in the history of Disney productions – the flops and missteps as well as the successes.
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.