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Disney's Sing-A-Long Songs - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah [VHS] Volume 2

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Live, NTSC
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • VHS Release Date: December 16, 1994
  • Run Time: 26 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300276554
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Purchasers of Disney's "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," the second volume of the company's Sing Along Songs series, may discover that not everything is as "satisfactchull" as it could be with this tape--it all depends on why you're buying it. If you've sought out the video because of a sentimental devotion to the musical the title tune is taken from, Song of the South, then you're bound to be disappointed. Disney's undying efforts to make nice have spilled into this segment (the first of a nine-song package), and all is sanitized so that the original film's disconcerting depictions of then-de rigueur racial inequality cause no modern-day discomfort. But that's not to say the scene of Uncle Remis strolling a hummingbird- and butterfly-lined road and singing his song isn't a sure-fire mood-lifter, or that it doesn't succeed in its mission, which is to jog joyful childhood memories. And it is the only way to see any of the film on video; Disney has no plans to ever release the controversial film. In fact each of this collection's numbers (all ingrained collectively on a generation now raising its own kids), aims to knead adult viewers' nostalgic sides (presumably part of a strategy to perpetuate Disney die-hards). Especially effective are Cinderella's "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," the Davy Crockett series' "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," and Snow White's "Whistle While You Work." --Tammy La Gorce

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Purchasers of Disney's "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," the second volume of the company's Sing Along Songs series, may discover that not everything is as "satisfactchull" as it could be with this tape--it all depends on why you're buying it. If you've sought out the video because of a sentimental devotion to the musical the title tune is taken from, Song of the South, then you're bound to be disappointed. Disney's undying efforts to make nice have spilled into this segment (the first of a nine-song package), and all is sanitized so that the original film's disconcerting depictions of then-de rigueur racial inequality cause no modern-day discomfort. But that's not to say the scene of Uncle Remis strolling a hummingbird- and butterfly-lined road and singing his song isn't a sure-fire mood-lifter, or that it doesn't succeed in its mission, which is to jog joyful childhood memories. And it is the only way to see any of the film on video; Disney has no plans to ever release the controversial film. In fact each of this collection's numbers (all ingrained collectively on a generation now raising its own kids), aims to knead adult viewers' nostalgic sides (presumably part of a strategy to perpetuate Disney die-hards). Especially effective are Cinderella's "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," the Davy Crockett series' "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," and Snow White's "Whistle While You Work." --Tammy La Gorce

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I agree with the other customers who think the original movie should never have been taken off the market. There are so MANY movies out that children should never see, but not this one. This movie shows how a little white boy CAN be friends with a black person. How a black man CAN be a positive influence on a white child. There's so much hate in this world that you would think that Disney would want to promote any kind of positive relationship between different types of people they could.
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It's a shame that Walt spent so much of his energy making bold leaps forward when the current incarnation of his company spends so much of it making bold setbacks.

Disney, the corporation, has seen it fit to erase portions from our history books, as witnessed with Pocahontas, and deprive children of all ages an imaginative and entertaining document of our past. And for what? In hopes of forgetting a disgraceful moment in our countrys collective past? Ironic that they would appear to be halting relations rather than continuing to improve them. This is an intelligent look at conflicts that existed within our nation long ago and should be made available to the public for its immense importance on social class during a time when our nation was just getting its legs and figuring out who we were and who we wanted to become. The Song of the South, is an honest representation of a time and place. The movie is handled with delightful alacrity towards its subject matter and possesses a charm unmatched by anything the company has released in it's new age.

Children are often better judges than we, as witnessed in the movie. So, do as Walt did and let us all be your audience, once again, Disney, and not just wrongly embarrassed old fools. But, for the time being, I ask you, stay out of my local library, please. I wouldn't want you erasing away their editions of, Mark Twain, or, Harriet Beecher Stowe.
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song of the south movie i cant believe that walt disney stop printing this movie it is a great movie about a little boy
that makes friends with a older black man uncle remos and he tells him the greatest stories . i would like for this movie to
put back on the market. they should have never took this classic
out of the stores if people dont like it they dont have to buy it.but what about the ones who want it.
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What is going on inside those tiny pea brains at Disney (Eisner, that can only mean you). When you compare the great classic SONG OF THE SOUTH to the violence going on in movies, the sex, the vulgarity, the garbage that movie patrons see every year, something is terribly wrong. When Disney thinks they are being politically correct by disowning SONG OF THE SOUTH, remember they were also the studio that brought out PRIEST (about a gay priest), ALADDIN (portraying Arabs as stereotypes), and violent movies like THE PROGRAM, RANSOM, THE ROCK, CON AIR, etc. And what of GONE WITH THE WIND and it's non-brutal treatment of negroes (Scarlett was about the only Southerner who had a problem, and that was only with Mammy and Prissy). And what of BIRTH OF A NATION? The ultimate racist classic of all time. But it is considered a classic, and studied in all film classes (I studied it when I was attending class). Let's face it. When we see the Ku Klux Klan trying to rescue an all-white town from these ape-like (they acted like apes) negroes, and the audience is supposed to cheer, somehow, especially in today's modern age, something is lost in the translation. But neither BIRTH OF A NATION or GONE WITH THE WIND are banned. They've tried to ban 'Huckleberry Finn' from schools, but have always failed (for good reason). Mark Twain's book is no worse than the tales of Uncle Remus in SONG OF THE SOUTH, and just as fun. I suppose with any great movie or great book, we can always disect it, and discover something negative about it. But with SONG OF THE SOUTH there is very little to find fault with. Perhaps the film is a little too cheery. Maybe there isn't enough brutality in it (like GONE WITH THE WIND or the infamous BIRTH OF A NATION).Read more ›
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I don't understand -- what's so controversial about the original movie? Friendship between blacks and whites? People with goodness in them? Give me a break. We can show murder, rape, violence, evil, but this movie is controversial? I think Disney must either be out of their minds, OR they're planning some big and expensive release of the movie. I bought a pirated copy, and I thoroughly enjoy watching it along with my two little girls. They'll watch that over violent and evil movies any day!
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I became nostalgic reading all these wishful reviews and thought I'd like to do something positive, (see Collectibles, above) and had to see this movie again, so I looked and looked until I found a digitally mastered copy. Now my children (and yours!) can have a bit of their heritage back!
It truly is a shame that Disney today makes so much values-trashing junk, and is denying their great cultural history by banning a warm, wonderful classic such as this. Dear Walt is spinning!
Watch it and weep...and laugh, and sing! (and tell your friends!)
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