With the anticipated Disney+ online subscription service set to debut this fall, the House of Mouse seems to be suffering some growing pains. With their current project of sifting through the many titles, franchise, and projects they acquired when they bought out Fox, to the tune of &71.3 billion dollars, Disney has quickly become a mover and shaker for many who hold an interest in the future of the company.
As is with any melding of companies, Disney will have to continue to sift through the list of properties that they own and decide which to keep, which to chuck, and which to decide about later. One decision that has already been made, and announced, is that when the streaming service is finally up and going, Song of the South will not be made available, and the original Dumbo’s crow scene will be entirely cut.
The original 1946 Song of the South was set in post-Civil War America and has been unavailable for purchase on home video. The reason being for its insensitive and what many consider politically incorrect nature, portraying that those who lived on plantations enjoyed it. It is worth noting, the song Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah from the movie won the Best Original Song Oscar in 1947.
The characters introduced in the movie, Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear are popular to this day, having become part of the ever-popular Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland and Disney World. Still, the movie remains a relic, collecting dust on the shelves of history.
As for Dumbo, well the Jim Crow referenced scene, where the crows are the ones who actually teach Dumbo to fly, has already been cut from Burton’s live-action feature movie.
Fox wasn’t the only acquisition that will be figuring into the mix—Disney also is the largest stakeholder in another online streaming service—that of Hulu.