Harve Foster

A Disney guy.

Song of the South (1946) -- Second only to Mary Poppins in Disney's live-action movies (though this one notably had its cartoon moments, long segments featuring Brer Rabbit and Co.). This movie is famous now for its race issue -- sugar-coating race relations between whites and blacks during the Reconstruction -- but when has Disney done anything but sugar coat? As it is, the movie shows positive relationships between black and white characters, demonstrating their equality, which was actually a bold thing to do in 1946 seems to me. All that aside, this has got a great story, great songs, and all that early magic of Disney movies. Well worth tracking down (downloading, anyone?) since they've banned it around these parts. A

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