My family and I have been on that ride many times. I never thought it was racial in any way. But I guess if it reminds people of a movie that the company would rather forget, there's the company's justification for changing it.
And of course, he appeared with the first black woman to win an Oscar: Hattie McDaniel. Funny this is flaring up just as the 1936 version of Show Boat got a Criterion Blu-ray; she was in that, too, with Paul Robeson, one of Walt Disney's earlier choices to play Uncle Remus.And what’s to become of James Baskett?
An Honorary Oscar for his “Song of the South” performance. Yes, before there was Mr. Poitier, it was Mr. Baskett who became the first African-American male to receive the statue; albeit not competitive. Nonetheless, an Oscar is an Oscar; and an honorary for an isolated performance is to be highly admired.
I would be very interested in knowing how the family of James Baskett - and of today - feels about his performance being hidden away and in juxtaposition to what the film, itself, represents in our ever more enlightening age.
They never cut Dumbo. That got off with a warning even though the voice of the head crow, Cliff Edwards (also, of course, the voice of Jiminy Cricket and another Gone with the Wind recast), was white. All the animated voice actors here are black. The other difference is that Dumbo is part of "The Canon" while the hybrids are grouped in with live-action as long as they are more than 50% live-action, and this is the first narrative film by Disney that can be classified that way. Like Steamboat Willie, Snow White, Treasure Island, TRON, and Toy Story, it's one of the "ones that started it all."*My family and I have been on that ride many times. I never thought it was racial in any way. But I guess if it reminds people of a movie that the company would rather forget, there's the company's justification for changing it.
I'm frankly more disturbed by the edits made to Dumbo!
MY apologies @DaveF . it didnt occurr to me that that site might be bootleg it looked legit actually looked like a Disney offering. you might want to delete the graphic as well as it mentions the site link. its actually a screen capture off my phone. The FB thread is still quite active with a few people ordering the product for SOTS alone. i myself would refrain though it is tempting to purchase a copy to stick it to the politically correct "book burners". Don't if id trust that site with credit card info. and the price for that set is bit steep.I deleted the link to the bootleg site. Not giving them SEO link juice from HTF.