The New Pictures, Nov. 18, 1946

Song of the South (Walt Disney-RKO Radio) makes movie actors out of ol' Uncle Remus, Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and de creeturs an' crawlin' things. Adapted with freehanded skill from the famed dialect tales of Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908), the picture is a curious mixture of live action (70%) and cartooning (30%).

Artistically, Song of the South could have used a much heavier helping of cartooning. Technically, the blending of two movie mediums is pure Disney wizardry. Ideologically, the picture is certain to land its maker in hot water. Tattered ol' Uncle Remus, who cheerfully "knew his place" in the easygoing world...

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