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Dec 7, 2008

Song of the South

I've always meant to look into Song of the South as I never saw it as a kid. Over the last few years I've heard and read how great the animation was, and how the animators involved considered it some of their best work. Still for some reason, I never got around to tracking it down (which is hard to do seeing as it's banned in North America for racial overtones).

I've recently been re-listening to some animation podcasts from AnimationPodcast.com, and I, once again, heard nothing but praise for the animation in the feature from notable animators like Goldberg and Deja. Well now John K has done it; He's finally peaked my curiosity, and I must someday thank him. His recent posts on solid drawing feature a very well designed Brer Fox that I just had to see animated.
Well, now I've seen it, and here I stand smacking myself in the head for not watching this animation sooner. This is the best animation I've never seen. If you are reading this, and have not managed to see the animation in this film, find a way to do so. You won't regret it.
I wish they would release this on DVD and Bluray. I can't figure out why they can't just throw Whoopi Goldberg on the DVD with an advisory warning like WB did for the Tom and Jerry Boxed Sets and be done with it.
Also, it was interesting to see Bill Peet credited by his real name, "William Peed". I thought he changed his name soon after school.



Blogger David Nethery said...

It IS good , isn't it ?

Sad that this film has been disowned and abandoned by Disney Corp. because of some people's (false) perceptions of the film.

The animation is some of the best ever done at Disney and many Disney animators such as Milt Kahl cited it as amongst their favorite work they had done .

December 26, 2008 5:43 PM


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