Not racist, just not good.
I don’t think this film was racist. It didn’t shy away from illustrating the massive gap between the black and white people’s living conditions, Uncle Remus was less of a Magic Negro
than you’d expect, and all black characters were portrayed sympathetically, if too close to common stereotypes and archetypes. The problem with this film is that it relies on such an absurd Idiot Plot
(or plots, actually, depending on how stupid you think Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear are for falling into Br’er Rabbit’s traps) and threats of horrific violence, to the point that two children want to drown a puppy For the Evulz
, that it becomes annoying at best. Aside from that, the children’s acting is very stilted. Needless to say, this film did not age well, if it were all that good to begin with.
If you want to watch it, do it for the novelty and for the ability to say that you have and can therefore give your input on it. Otherwise, just read the original stories or watch something else.