The latest season of film historian Karina Longworth’s must-hear podcast series “You Must Remember This” takes listeners on a deep dive into the saga of Disney’s most controversial movie, “Song of the South.” As the studio prepares to unleash reportedly all of its titles on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, one of them is missing, and it’s the 1946 Uncle Remus adaptation with confused racial optics. The film is set in the Reconstruction-era American south, just as the Civil War has concluded and slavery has ended. And while the film’s legacy has been mostly buried, the Disney theme park ride Splash Mountain is modeled on this troubling movie that Longworth savvily explores.
As Longworth discusses in the podcast, “Song of the South” smacked of minstrelsy and divided audiences in its depiction of the lives of post-Civil War plantation workers, even though it has remained commercially resonant for Disney all these years later. Below, read 10 facts about “Song of the South.” You can head to your preferred podcast platform to hear the latest season of “You Must Remember This.”