->''It's the truth, it's actual\\
Ev'rything is satisfactual\\
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay\\
Wonderful feelin', wonderful day''

Ever wonder where the characters from the Splash Mountain ride at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks come from? ''Song of the South'' is a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1946]] Disney film that incorporated animation and live action. You haven't heard of it? That's understandable; it has never been released in the US outside the theater, and not released ''at all'' since 1986. (This also means the ride is [[AdaptationDisplacement better known than the original film.]])

The film is, unbeknownst even to the people who ''have'' seen it (especially in Europe, where the context is lost), based on a collection of African-American folktales compiled by Joel Chandler Harris in the late 1800s. It is notable that, although the FramingDevice is accused of racism today, it was considered pretty FairForItsDay, being written by a Southerner: Harris was attempting to compile African-American folk tales that had been passed down from the days of slavery before they were lost.

The popularity of the book led to the popularity of archetypes such as [[TheTrickster Br'er Rabbit]], the "{{Briar Patch|ing}}" and the [[StickySituation "Tar Baby"]] (the meaning of which tropes [[ForgottenTrope subsequently]] ''[[UndeadHorseTrope were]]'' [[{{Disneyfication}} lost]] to younger viewers after the film was sealed in the Disney vault in the '80s, when the stories themselves became forgotten by later generations unfamiliar with the work) which were taken straight from the original folktales. [[MoralGuardians Some who maintain]] that the film should not be released note, however, that keeping these tales alive ties in too much with the days of slavery and Reconstruction, a shameful period in American history that they feel [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids children should]] [[ValuesDissonance not be]] [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory subjected to]], at least not in a way that could be [[HitlerAteSugar perceived as anything but monstrous]].

Set in the DeepSouth after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, the film features Uncle Remus telling stories of Br'er Rabbit and friends to three kids from his rural cabin. Due to the "impression it gives of an idyllic master-slave relationship" (the film was probably set during Reconstruction, just so that Uncle Remus would not be depicted as a slave -- though he almost certainly ''has been'' one) it will probably never be released in the US. It was available on VHS tape in the UK (where the associated sensitivities are still present, but further from the surface) throughout the '90s and early '00s, and shown as an afternoon family film on TV. It was also aired a few times on the Creator/DisneyChannel during the 1980s. A Japanese laserdisc (with an English track version included as a bonus) was also released years ago, and it's become quite a collector's item. As of this writing, Creator/WhoopiGoldberg is in talks to get Disney to release it on DVD.

You probably ''do'' know a song from it, though, that one being "[[ChorusOnlySong Zip-a-Dee Doo-Dah]]." (Now just [[EarWorm try getting it out of your head]].)

In some European countries, like the Netherlands and Scandinavia, Br'er Rabbit Comics was introduced in the early 50's, and remains popular and are still a regular part of the weekly Disney comics. The famous children's writer Creator/EnidBlyton wrote ''15'' volumes of short stories - some retelling the original folklore - featuring the Brer Rabbit characters (Although Uncle Remus is noticeably absent). And while the framing device with Uncle Remus was featured in the first comics, it has since quietly disappeared and faded into obscurity, to the point where only few readers know that it has ever existed. And while the film ''was'' released in Europe, it is virtually unknown there.

!!''Song of the South'' provides examples of:

* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal: Mr. Bluebird
* AdultsAreUseless: Played straight with Johnny's mother Sally. She's so wrapped up in trying to make him feel better and raise him properly that she doesn't bother listening to anyone else's advice or explanations (not even Johnny's), and unknowingly makes things worse for him as a result. Johnny's father, John Sr., does come around, with gentle urging from Uncle Remus; Sally finally accepts what's going on.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Most of the animal characters, if not all.
* BearsAreBadNews: Br'er Bear. But on the other hand...
* BearyFunny: Br'er Bear may be a villain, but a [[HarmlessVillain harmless]] and [[LaughablyEvil humorous]] one.
* BeeAfraid: As part of Br'er Rabbit's "laughing place" scam. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Br'er Bear when he is the first to fall for this and emerges with the beehive on his nose, saying, "There ain't nothin' in here 'cept beeeeeezzzzzzz!" [[FunnyMoments and a swarm of bees comes flying out of his mouth.]]
* BigBallOfViolence: Br'er Rabbit gets caught in one with Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear at one point.
* BigFancyHouse
* BlackBestFriend: Toby
* BrainsAndBrawn: Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear.
* BriarPatching: Not just the story that the trope is named after, but after hearing the story, Johnny pulls this trope on Ginny's brothers.
* CarnivoreConfusion: TheHero of the stories is a rabbit, so the fox and the bear are villains.
* ChekhovsGunman: The bull.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Eventually, the Br'er Rabbit stories just drop the movie's original frame story altogether. Naturally, it's only those later stories that get reprinted. The characters, most notably Br'er Bear, also make [[CrossOver numerous appearances]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheThreeLittlePigs'' comics.
* CoolOldGuy: Uncle Remus
* CunningLikeAFox: Br'er Fox, or so he would think. You just have to go on the ride to see Br'er Bear run into trouble.
* DarkReprise:
** Both on the ride and in the movie, the song "Laughing Place" gets a dark reprise ("Burrow's Lament"). It has vocals in the dark reprise only in the Disneyland version. In Disney World, there is just an instrumental.
** Br'er Fox singing "How do you do".
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Both subverted and inverted: ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' is the one asking the question, and the answer is probably "No," because Aaron [=McGruder's=] one of the few younger Americans who has seen it. For those that haven't, ''Song of the South'' has Uncle Remus, and ''The Boondocks'' has Uncle Ruckus. Plenty of Americans have seen it, just not the under-25 crowd. It used to be broadcast occasionally up until TheEighties.
* DoomedNewClothes: Poor Ginny Favers... she understandably breaks down in tears.
* ExactWords: During the Laughin' Place scene where Br'er Rabbit tricks his two foes
-->'''Br'er Bear:''' You said this was a laughin' place! And I ain't laughin'! ''[gets attacked by bees]''\\
'''Br'er Rabbit:''' ''[in-between laughing fits]'' I didn't say it was YOUR laughin' place, I said it was MY laughin' place, Br'er Bear!
* ForbiddenFruit: You ''know'' you want to see it... you don't even care about the quality.
* GladIThoughtOfIt: What Br'er Fox usually says when ''Br'er Bear'' comes up with the ideas to catch Br'er Rabbit.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Well, we never actually see [[spoiler:Johnny attacked by the bull]], do we now?
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Br'er Bear and the moles.
* TheHyena: Br'er Rabbit during the Laughing Place scene.
* InfantImmortality
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Uncle Remus and Johnny and the other children.
* JustSoStory: Towards the beginning the protagonist comes upon a gathering of black sharecroppers in the shade, singing about Uncle Remus' tales, which tell how the leopard got his spots, how the camel got those humps, and how the pig got a curly tail.
* KarmaHoudini: Ginny's brothers. Except when they pushed her into the mud and ruined her dress, Uncle Remus showed up to tell them off for bullying her.
* KarmicTrickster
* KickTheDog: Ginny's brothers do this when they mistreat her puppy and threaten to drown it -- and ''mean every word''.
* LargeHam: All of the Br'er animals, especially Br'er Fox.
* LeanAndMean: Br'er Fox. No wonder he's so hot on that rabbit's trail; Br'er Rabbit'd be the only square meal Br'er Fox's had in a while!
* LonelyRichKid: Johnny
* MagicalNegro: Uncle Remus. He could also be a subversion, since in the end he actually DOES step forward and save the day.
* {{Mammy}}: The most famous mammy of them all, Hattie [=McDaniel=], is in this movie.
* MediumBlending
* MickeyMousing: As usual for a Disney film -- and then played for laughs, when Br'er Bear has trouble keeping up with the background music.
* MotorMouth: Br'er Fox. The Disney animation directors actually had to invent a new animation process to keep up with James Baskett's rapid-fire delivery of Br'er Fox's dialogue.
* NiceHat: Mr. Bluebird's top hat.
* NothingIsScarier: You see the bull chasing Johnny in the climax, but you never see it strike. It is up to you to imagine the extent of the little boy's injuries...
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: In case you were wondering, "Br'er" is just short for "Brother". (And it should actually be pronounced more or less like "bro.") Some of the comics imply that they do have real names, but they are otherwise unmentioned. Joel Chandler Harris gives Riley as Br'er Rabbit's real name. A ''very'' few Disney comics mention it now and then.
* OhCrap: Br'er Rabbit gets progressively more and more nervous during his plan to escape via reverse psychology when Br'er Fox keeps ignoring him. He finally gets one big 'Oh Crap' expression when Br'er Fox states that he'll skin him.
* PoorCommunicationKills: No-one bothers to tell Johnny’s mother that Johnny got the puppy fair and square or what would happen to the puppy if it were returned to its previous owner, so she chalks up any disobedience on Johnny's part to Uncle Remus' influence.
* PrecisionFStrike: In the Mexican Spanish dub, Br'er Rabbit says "maldito" while boarding up his house in his very first appearance in the first animated segment.
* RealAfterAll: All the cartoon characters show up at the end, [[MindScrew in the real world]], then the kids and Uncle Remus go off into the sunset with them.
* ReversePsychology: The BriarPatching moment. In the ride, this moment cues when your log crests the belt for the big final drop.
* RogerRabbitEffect: Not the UrExample, as some might tell you -- that would be ''WesternAnimation/GertieTheDinosaur'' -- but the first time it was used in the mainstream Disney features (The WesternAnimation/AliceComedies and ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'' notwithstanding).
* SandInMyEyes: {{Inverted|Trope}} by Uncle Remus to crying Johnny.
* SimpletonVoice: Br'er Bear.
* SmokingIsCool: Uncle Remus shares a pipe with Br'er Frog. This overlaps with FairForItsDay. Back when the film was released, most people smoked, and those who didn't were frowned upon, if not shunned or hated. By showing Uncle Remus smoking on screen, they were attempting to make the audience like him more. More so because it's the only scene in the movie where anyone is seen smoking. Br'er Frog blows a smoke ring. Uncle Remus blows a smoke ''square''. How cool is that?!
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Br'er Bear has his doubts about Br'er Fox's scheme to trap Br'er Rabbit in the Tar Baby being a success, and usually prefers the quickest, simplest, probably most effective way.
-->'''Br'er Fox:''' That big ol' rabbit won't get away this time. No sir, we'll catch him, sure! I'll catch him, sure!\\
'''Br'er Bear:''' But, uh, that's what you said the last time before, and the time before that, and the... Look, let's just knock his head clean off.\\
'''Br'er Fox:''' Oh, no, indeed, ain't nothing smart about that. I'm gonna show him who the smartest is, and that Tar Baby'll do the rest!\\
''[and once they've caught Br'er Rabbit]''\\
'''Br'er Bear:''' I'm gonna knock his head clean off!\\
'''Br'er Fox:''' No, no, no, that's too quick! We gotta make him suffer!
* StickySituation: Trope name for "Tar Baby", an expression which at least ''traditionally'' refers to this.
* StockBeehive: Br'er Rabbit finds a grey one hidden in a bush. He tricks Br'er Bear inside saying that it's his "laughing place". Bear gets the hive stuck on his nose.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear, obviously. Also, Ginny's brothers.
* ThreeAmigos: Johnny, Toby, and Ginny.
* ThreeShorts: Three ''gorgeously'' animated sequences.
* TheTrickster: Br'er Rabbit
* VillainousBSOD: Br'er Fox has one at the end of the "Tar Baby" sequence: a sickly look on his face after Br'er Rabbit tricked him and hopped off. Br'er Bear silently clubs the fox on the head, knocking him out, then walks off, leaving the fox lying there.
-->'''Remus:''' ''[narrating]'' So now it's Br'er Fox's turn to feel humble-come-tumble. But ol' Br'er Bear, he don't say nothin'. And Br'er Fox, he lay low -- mighty low.
* VillainousGlutton: Br'er Bear, though Br'er Fox is the one with the most pointed culinary interest in Br'er Rabbit.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Br'er Bear, dumb as he is, is typically opposed to Br'er Fox's overly complicated schemes to catch Br'er Rabbit and constantly voices his preference to just "knock his head clean off".