Feb 10, 2011

Song of the South and Ub Iwerks' Storyboards

Above is an image of Ub Iwerks who was a main man behind the creation of the Walt Disney empire. As I was researching Iwerks, I came upon storyboards from a Disney release called Song of the South (circa 1946), a live action and animated feature length film. I found some great details of what a storyboard of Iwerks' would actually look like at Cartoon Brew.com. In addition, this film is fascinating because of its inability to be viewed on DVD because it has not been released to DVD by Disney due to the controversies that surround the questionable content in regards to race, social politics, and class.

What I find most interesting about Disney and this film is that many people who have seen this film would like to have Song of the South released to DVD because of childhood nostalgia. Through reading the pleas for the release of this film into contemporary, mainstream society, it becomes very clear that Disney as a brand and culture has become so ingrained in people's memories as a positive and entertaining experience that it is often forgotten that many of the early Disney animations such as Alice's Egg Plant were highly controversial and riddled with inappropriate content (if truly intended for children) that should be questioned and not treated as simply "children's cartoons". Even though Walt Disney intended to create films for children, animations and films like Song of the South were often not appropriately portraying history or even entertaining context. Futhermore, nor were they a hub for any overt consideration to a preservation of the cultures that had created the tales that Walt Disney took from their context to "Disney-ify".


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|| Post by: Stephanie Clark ||

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