Being from the South I have always loved the movie Song Of The South. I know there has been a lot of controversy but it would be fun to at least have the characters from the movie such as Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brier Bear, etc. added to the Disney Traditions Collection.
I have to say I totally agree with you. I am a big fan of Song of the South characters and used to sing the songs as a child, wanted to run away with Brer Rabbit and was read the Uncle Remus stories by my great grandpa and adored the movie. I collect all the figurines I can like Kevin Kidney and Jody daily’s figurine pictured below as well as the Walt Disney Classics collection pieces and Harmony Kingdom pieces and hope Disney Traditions will do a Splash Mountain piece. I love the website http://www.songofthesouth.net which talks about the history of the movie, the respect we should give to people’s feelings on the time portrayed and the way characters were portrayed but also some other very important information about the movie itself in the overview section….and gives details on collectibles throughout its history. I personally think we should acknowledge it’s place in history for all its faults, stereotypes, and it did attempt though not successfully to most people to try and address social issues of the day. Like Gone with the Wind and The Great Locomotive chase it has its place in history. But I also agree that you should look at it from the perspective it was meant…the perspective of a child and inturn look at it with the innocence and perspective the intention was meant with. The characters are part of a treasured Disney history….with all the lessons it taught as well as lessons that we have learned from time, perspective, story telling, awareness and progress. These characters have also moved on and become more than a movie they have become a part of the fabric of Disney Parks history as integral parts of Splash Mountain legacy so we should not label them as political or social injustices but as friends of that global ambassador of friendship Mickey Mouse. I would buy a Disney Traditions figurine of Song of the South yesterday! Thanks for bringing it up bbarber303……I have also added some figs below from the movie that I have and treasure if your looking for great Song of the South collectibles.