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I thought for a long time if I should write this review 또는 not. The most obvious reason is: I’m not sure if I want the discussion. The other reason is: I’m not really sure how equipped I am to talk about that matter. While Germany has its own historical baggage (and a quite heavy one), it was never a big Colonial power, and racism against black…well, let’s put it this way: The US made a big deal of Jesse Owens winning gold in Munich, believing that this was a big insult for Hitler. The truth is, Hitler didn’t really care. He shrugged this away because he considered Africans as primitives either way, so it didn’t really matter if they were stronger than his athletes 또는 not. He didn’t really care, because there really wasn’t much of a black population in 유럽 during this time. Jesse Owens later said: “Hitler didn't snub me – it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram.”

Why I am telling this story? Because I want my American readers to understand that their racism problems are very much a cultural matter, grown out of their history. I think I was ten before I even meet a black-skinned child in Germany, and I life in an area with a high foreign population. Nowadays it’s different, due to the political unrest in Africa, and I’m not trying to say that there isn’t racism. But there is a difference between racism which is based on an “everything foreign is bad” attitude and the kind of racism which is connected to a long history of suppression. The latter is way 더 많이 complicated.

So when I write this, keep in mind that I’m coming very much from an outside perspective. There are a lot of stereotypes I would most likely not even recognize, because I didn’t grew up with them. 당신 can see it as me talking about something I can’t really understand. 또는 당신 can see it as an advantage, because I can look at this movie without being influenced 의해 all the baggage which comes with the topic.

1. Let’s talk about stereotypes

Some people have the attitude that stereotypes are always a bad thing, no matter what. I disagree. Stereotypes actually have an important function. 당신 don’t believe me? Well, have 당신 ever considered what stereotypes actually are? They are conclusion we made based on experiences and knowledge we collect. For example we know that a lion can be dangerous for humans. Because of this, we usually wouldn’t try to play with one. The stereotype that a lion might kill us warns us away. Someone who has been bitten 의해 a dog at one point might stay away from them in the future, just to be on the 안전한, 안전 side. Stereotypes sometimes protect us and sometimes they prompt us to be overly cautious. But they have a function.

Stereotypes in the media are not always a bad thing either. Especially 디즈니 often uses stereotypes and then mocks them. I always thought that it tells much 더 많이 about us if we are able to see stereotypes in animated 동물 than it does reinforce said stereotypes. But even if 당신 see them used “seriously”, 당신 shouldn’t judge that fast. Portraying a foreign character is always a balance act over a cultural minefield. Let’s say, 당신 have a British character in an American show (to pick a 더 많이 또는 less harmless example). He naturally has to speak with some sort of British accent, right? It’s a stereotype, but what can 당신 do. Is he allowed to drink tea? It seems to fit the character, but it is so stereotypical British. And so on, and so on.

Stereotypes don’t materialize out of the thin air. They become a problem though, when they are used in a hateful manner. Just watch war propaganda 만화 to get what I mean, though even those are not necessarily outright bad. There is a big difference between, let’s say, Disney’s link and this link

2. A few words about the book

Now the stereotypes in Song of the South, most of the originated from Uncle Tom’s Hut. 당신 know, the book which gave the abolitionist movement a big push and did its part to make sure that slaves were seen as humans and not as cattle. But even 더 많이 important, they originated from reality. The Uncle Remus book were written 의해 Joel Chandler Harris, who was the illegitimate child of Irish immigrants, worked as a teenager on a plantation as a printer’s apprentice and spend much of his time in the slave quarters, listening to the stories he later wrote down.
Harris own view on slavery was not exactly what we would call enlightened nowadays. He was not really against slavery in itself, but against the abuse of slaves, buying very much in the idea of the “good slave owner”. But one has to give him credit for preserving a piece of folklore which might have been 로스트 nowadays if not for him. And whatever his personal views are, they are not really noticeable in the books. They all start with “the little master” going to Uncle Remus who then tells him a story. I admit I didn’t read all of them, not 의해 far, for the simple reason that I really have a hard time with the dialect (that’s right, Harris wrote the stories down exactly as he heard them, he was acclaimed to be the first person who accurately rendered the African-American dialect in writing). But there was one which caught my attention, which explained that at one point, everyone on earth was black. 당신 really can’t accuse Harris of editing this to fit his personal views.
 Breer Rabbit - looking for adventure
Breer Rabbit - looking for adventure

3. Was 디즈니 racist?

I guess I have to address the 코끼리 in the room. I’m actually surprised how often the American media jokes about this, even though there is barely evidence for this accusation. In fact, there is a lot of contrary evidence. For starters, 디즈니 was never really picky who was allowed to work in his studio. Gender, race, he honestly didn’t care as long as 당신 had the right skill set. The Sherman brothers always denied any accusations against Disney, who apparently once fired a lawyer because he made a racist remark against them. He also had a very high opinion of James Baskett, the actor who plays Uncle Remus. Not only did his family consider Walt 디즈니 a good friend. He also campaigned hard to make sure that James Baskett would get an honorary academy award for his performance. Well, if 당신 see it cynical, 당신 will say that he was mostly interested in getting better publicity for his movie, but the fact remains that James Baskett was the first male African-American actor who received academy award, helping to break down barriers for the ones who came after him.

Now, I’m well aware that 디즈니 was a white male who lived during a certain period of time. From today’s point-of-view, I’m sure he had some objectionable opinions. But I think it’s 안전한, 안전 to say that he was less and not 더 많이 prejudiced than the average white male American during his lifetime. link 기사 should help 당신 to get 당신 an idea what people who actually knew the man had to say about him.
 Breer 여우 - looking for trouble
Breer 여우 - looking for trouble

4. Let’s take a look on the thought behind this movie

It’s 1946. Segregation is still in full 그네, 스윙 (James Baskett couldn’t even go to the premiere of his own movie in Atlanta), the media is mostly white, and 디즈니 decides to do a movie featuring a black main character, who tells off a white couple because they don’t care for the child properly. That is ballsy!

And 디즈니 was well aware of the backlash he might get from both, the white and the black population. So he tried to take every precaution possible. He hired a well-known liberal, to make sure that he would purge everything questionable from the script. (who apparently didn't realize that a black character who designs his life around the needs of a white family is problematic). And he set the story in the post-war era to avoid the slavery issue altogether. This didn’t really work out all that well, partly because a lot of people seem to miss that little fact (even though at one point during the movie Uncle Remus intends to leave, so he is definitely not a slave) and partly because it’s still a very uncritical depiction of the time. But then, it’s Disney. This studio is not exactly know for historical correct features, because that’s not what those 영화 are about. They are basically fairy tales. The same way the Hunchback of Notre Dame didn’t show what the Inquisition really did with people who were accused of witchcraft and Bedknobs and Broomsticks mostly glosses over the war, it’s simply not the goal of Song of the South to address the race issue head-on.

디즈니 might be the most apolitical movie maker out there, 안전한, 안전 for the propaganda 만화 he was forced to make, he never really cared about real life events. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, this approach is the reason why most of the 디즈니 영화 are so timeless. If they deal with prejudices, they deal with the concept in general, and not with history. And that's true for Song of the South, too. The movie doesn't deal with history, but it takes a clear stance concerning prejudices (psst...it says that they are bad).

So why did 디즈니 even start the project, despite all the potential problems he foresaw (and got...in the end, people of both groups were enraged about this movie)? Is it really so hard so believe that he simply liked the 책 and wanted to use the stories in them to teach a sneaky lesson about tolerance? Problematic 또는 not, this movie was most likely made from a place of 사랑 and not from a place of hate.
 Breer 곰 - just looking
Breer 곰 - just looking

5. Let’s take a look at the movie itself

The first time I saw Song of the South, I was still very young, and the only thing I knew about this part of American history was pretty much what 당신 can learn from watching “North and South”. And my first thought about it was: boring. And this opinion hasn’t changed until today. The frame story with the little boy is incredible predictable, melodramatic and mostly badly acted.

But that doesn’t mean that the movie is all bad. Because it really, really shines in the Uncle Remus segments. James Baskett was an amazing actor, and when he walks through an animated world, it is worth a look for the technical achievement alone. Of the story which are told in this movie, The Tar Baby is easily the best. Yes, I know, the 제목 sounds racist. But it is a genuine African folk tale, and 디즈니 tells it very faithfully. It’s actually a little bit funny that it’s often used as an example for racism, since the whole story is actually a plea for tolerance.

I honestly think that the movie would have been better off if it had abandoned the whole frame story and instead had stuck to Uncle Remus telling multiple children (of different races) who come to him with their problems those stories. This might have been a concept which works better for a TV-Show, but would have put the focus where it belongs, at the story. Another improvement might have been if the frame story had been about Uncle Remus and not about the little boy. Though honestly, no matter which frame device 디즈니 had chosen, it would have still been a movie about a couple of 더 많이 또는 less educational folklore. That’s not exactly exciting material for a plot.

6. The conclusion

The main reason I decided to write this review after all is because I don’t think pretending Song of the South doesn’t exist is the right approach. Not only does this policy add to its notoriety, it also results in the work of a great actor getting buried. While I don’t think that the movie is good as a whole, it is certainly worth a watch for James Baskett alone. Just keep the thumb on the fast-forward button for the scenes in-between his brilliance. But while Song of the South is not really a good movie as a whole, 당신 can’t accuse it of not trying to honour the 출처 material.
Here is my list of my twenty 가장 좋아하는 디즈니 Heroines. My list is unique in many ways, it has a lot of characters from the Classic Era of Disney. I 사랑 all characters, but these are the twenty heroines that are most special to me.

JUST MISSED THE CUT: Wendy and Pocahontas

20. The Heroine of Bravery



I 사랑 뮬란 for a lot of reasons. She is relatable, clumsy, and she has a lot of expectations put on her. She is burdened, but still, she manages to sacrifice herself for her father. And in the process, she becomes a real heroine, 더 많이 heroic than possibly any other heroine 디즈니 has had.









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 Lillian and Annette
Lillian and Annette
Just soo everyone know i dont own beauty and the beast...but if i did that would be cool.


"Go Touch it!" Annette gently pushed Lillian 앞으로 on the glass covered floor. Lillian looked back mad at her sister with her sudden aggressivness.
"You know what 당신 were the one who discovered the stupid thing in the first place why dont you?" Lillian replied to her suddenly stunned sister who in the moonlight had a look of dissaproval on her face.
Not many people knew but Annette had quite the temper at times. She had inherited it ofcourse from her father, and even though she was nice and polite most...
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Now this is just my point of view, but I find it a little bit ironic that one of the most realistically portrayed 디즈니 females comes in the shape of a pixie! When it comes to typical proportions, the average woman can 더 많이 easily identify with a winged sprite?! I mean, not everybody has a beautiful hourglass figure! Having somebody who is a little bottom-heavy is comforting.

While Tinker 벨 does have a super-skinny waist, she is the only 디즈니 female I have seen whose lower body is not exactly proportionate to her upper body.
 Stuck
Stuck
When I realized this, it made me feel so much better...
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Here's the 상단, 맨 위로 10 of my countdown and I have so say I'msatisfied with most of this though I would change some things. Like the other 기사 I will tell 당신 the publics opinion and my opinion. Also all these picture were made 의해 me and it's all thanks to the website fotoflexer.

10.Lilo(Lilo and Stitch)
 potato nose.-ipukerainbows
potato nose.-ipukerainbows

Voters Opinion
Unlike the other hawiian girls the voters actually find her pretty. I was surprise that she beast Tiger Lily for the 상단, 맨 위로 10 spot, but I'm happy she did. Even though she has a big nose people stil find her pretty. However not everyone thinks she's cute...
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 Original hair color, officially deemed "Burnt Orange"
Original hair color, officially deemed "Burnt Orange"
Has any one else noticed Cinderella's switch in hair color?
Wen Aurora was made she was supposed to be the only blond princess, as Cinderella's hair was officially called "burnt orange" and was not so yellow as she is advertised today. Also in the movie her dress is a much lighter blue than as 당신 see it when advertised. i have also discovered that her new yellow hair can only be created digitally, so is defiantly not how she was originally meant to look. Also the in the 50's her original shade of hair was very popular.
I realized her hair was wrong when 읽기 an 기사 about Aurora and how...
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 Ariel's Sisters: WHY AREN'T WE ON HERE, Me: Because your all SO UGLY
Ariel's Sisters: WHY AREN'T WE ON HERE, Me: Because your all SO UGLY
Okay I remake this because of a few changes and because I learned how to work the pictures. Anyway because of the 20 pictures I'm not going to talk much about numbers 30-21 and they're not going to have they're own individual pictures. This list will have heroines, villianesses, and supporting girls.

Mysterious person: I shall tell 당신 the fairest one of all

Me: Who the heck is that

30.Madame Mim only when she turns beautiful because as she said it's only skin deep because she's really an ugly old hag.(Villianess)

29.Tiana's friend that wanted Tiana to go danceing while she's not that special...
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Even though I'm not as easily scared as I was when I was younger these 10 디즈니 Scenes (and characters) still scares me. But they're not in any order except the 상단, 맨 위로 3. I only included scenes from 영화 that I grew up with so I couldn't include Fantasia and The Black Cauldron for those reasons, also only 영화 that are supposed to be for the entire family, to me The Hunchback Of Notre Dame isn't so kid friendly for example

The 고래 Chase Scene

Most people thinks The Donkey Transformation is the scariest scene in Pinocchio, but this scene was even scarier to me, at first we just see Monstro...
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