YMMV: Song of the South

  • Adaptation Displacement: The tales of Br'er Rabbit which the book on which the movie was written got preserved, were original African-American folktales. With the suppression of Song Of The South, these folk tales (which would have been lost to time) have also been suppressed.
    • Though the Br'er Rabbit tales themselves can be found in some older Disney "collection" books, usually ones dealing with "Tales From America".
  • Broken Base: Opinions are split whether it is genuinely offensive or Political Correctness Gone Mad. The film has a cult following, but the cult following is bitterly divided between African Americans who remember it for the folktales and one of the first prominent casting of a black man on film, thirtysomething hipsters who want to watch it due to its mix of notoriety and nostalgia (sound like anyone you know?), and older White Southerners who fondly recall its "Uncle Tom"-like aspects and Rose Tinted Narrative of happy blacks living in the Old South. This obviously has not given Disney much incentive to re-market the film...
  • Chorus-Only Song: Zip A-Dee Doo-Dah, zip a-dee ay... this has even applied to the ride.
  • Critical Backlash: Due to the above debate. Some find the film funny if white-washing, some can't ignore the Unfortunate Implications, and others just find it really boring.
  • Ear Worm: "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah", "How Do You Do?", "Everybody Has A Laughin' Place", etc. If you haven't seen the movie, these worms may have still found their way in your ear via the Splash Mountain ride, Disney compilation albums, Sing Along Songs videos, and (especially in the case of "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah") general pop cultural usage.
  • Fair for Its Day: And arguably not only fair, but brave. This applied to the cast as well. Walt Disney absolutely loved how well James Baskett played the part of Uncle Remus. Originally, the actor was only going to voice an animated animal until Disney gave him the lead. To top it off, Disney put a lot of effort into seeing that Baskett got an honorary Oscar for his performance, making him the first African American man to get any sort of Oscarnote .
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Anyone who’s read or watched Elfen Lied will cringe even harder at the two boys trying to drown a little girl’s puppy.
  • Heartwarming Moment: When all the farm workers are gathered at the door of the plantation, holding a vigil for Johnny (recently injured by the bull).
  • Idiot Plot: A lot of trouble would’ve been saved had anyone bothered telling Jenny’s brothers that the puppy’s not theirs, so they have no right to drown it (putting aside just how horrifying it is that two children are so cartoonishly evil that they want to drown a puppy), or told Johnny’s mother that he got the puppy fair and square and why he got it in the first place.
  • Macekre: Disney has occasionally circulated a cut-down version featuring only the animated segments; this still got Bowdlerized a bit for Splash Mountain in particular, Brer Rabbit is caught in a Beehive rather than a Tar Baby.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Many people argue that the negative reaction towards the movie is ultimately this, noting that the African-American characters are actually sharecroppers (not slaves), one of them is the hero of the movie, they're portrayed as interacting civilly with the white characters, and that there are many more potentially offensive movies that haven't been condemned nearly as loudly as this one. (Heck, even Birth of a Nation is out on DVD—and easily found. Birth. Of. A. Freaking. Nation!)
  • Moment Of Awesome: Seeing Ginny's older brothers get what they deserve.
  • Older Than They Think: This movie did not invent B'rer Rabbit.
  • Tear Jerker: Several...
    • When Uncle Remus tells Johnny about the dog, who one could only assume was drowned, though at the end when the animated characters show up in the real world, the puppy is shown to be just fine, averting What Happened to the Mouse?.
    • When Johnny runs to Uncle Remus's cabin only to find that he's gone.
    • Seeing Johnny in bed.
  • Toy Ship: Johnny and Ginny.
  • Values Dissonance: The reason this film isn't shown in America anymore. In addition to racial issues, no-one seems to care in particular that two children want to drown a puppy for fun.