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  • Acting for Two: Not only did James Baskett portray Uncle Remus, he also voiced Br'er Fox. Also, when Johnny Lee, the voice of Br'er Rabbit, was called away to do promotion for the picture, Baskett stepped in to voice Br'er Rabbit for the "Laughing Place" scene. Oh, and Baskett also played a butterfly he was originally auditioned to play.
  • AFI's 100 Years… 100 Songs:
    • #47, "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" continues to enjoy plenty of airplay throughout Disney and gets released on compilation albums. As a result, a lot of people don't realise it was recorded for this film. As Johnny Mercer recorded a cover of it one year after the film came out, people mistakenly thought he wrote it.
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  • California Doubling: Set in Georgia, filmed in Arizona.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Even sympathetic viewers tend to think that the "Tar Baby" is supposed to be some kind of racial insult and that the storyline was changed for Splash Mountain precisely because of it. They apparently don't know that the basic folktale not only exists in many cultures around the world, but that it originated in Africa.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: In North America, Walt Disney Home Video has never officially released the full movie, although some DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs include clips. The Disney Sing-Along Songs video Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dahnote  has also never come to DVD, being last released in 2001, despite kicking off the whole series (but then, very few of the original volumes were released on DVD, either). However, Song of the South still occasionally airs on TV in the UK, just not on any channels owned by Disney.
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  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": Sometimes it seems like they won't shut up about Brer Rabbit and company, billing them as characters "from" Splash Mountain and The Lion King 1½. Deliberate Adaptation Displacement? By Disney?
  • Name's the Same: No, this film's Ginny and Remus have nothing to do with the Harry Potter characters.
  • No Export for You: Inverted; practically every country except the United States has given this film a home video release.
  • Old Shame: Disney prefers not talking about this movie too much, although "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" is considered one of Disney's signature songs, and for good reason.
  • Star-Making Role: This turned Bobby Driscoll into a star, and he was one of Disney's favourite child actors for a few years.
  • Streisand Effect: The film would not be as notorious as it is if it were not for Disney trying to hide it.
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  • Talking to Himself: When Johnny Lee was busy lending his voice to the ad campaign, Baskett filled in for him as Br'er Rabbit in one sequence, opposite himself as Br'er Fox, and did a damn fine job.
  • Throw It In!: Walt Disney thought up the shot in "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" where they would have a close-up on Uncle Remus, cover the lights with cardboard, remove them when he began singing and give the impression that he was entering a new vibrant world of animation. This was thought up on the day of the shoot.
  • Typecasting: Hattie McDaniel as yet another Mammy/maid character.


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