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The 9th movie in our 2016 Disney Resolution list is Song of the South. This movie was released on November 12, 1946. It’s a story about a young boy, Johnny, who goes with is mom to stay with his grandmother on her plantation. It appears his parents are separating, so dad is not seen much. While on the plantation, Johnny befriends a young African American boy named Toby. The two of them, along with Ginny, a poor white girl, often visit an old African American man named Uncle Remus who tells them the stories of Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear.
We are fortunate to have a friend who owns a DVD copy of the animation/ live action Song of the South. I thought I had seen this as a child, but I don’t think I ever did. I did remember some of the animated parts (there was only 25 minutes of animation) but it may be from old Disney Sing Along movies or the picture book I had as a child.
For our snack, we went with a rabbit theme, which was easy with all the Easter candy out right now! We had chocolate bunnies, bunny peeps, and bunny cheddar crackers.
Overall, we were not thrilled with this movie. My 7 year old hated the live action parts. He only liked the “Splash Mountain” parts! My 3 year old actually did better with it. He liked Johnny and repeatedly talked about the times in the movie when he cried, got in fights, and got hit by the bull!
Rumors I always heard were that the NAACP kept Disney from releasing this movie for home viewing in the USA. After some research, I found this is not the case. The NAACP did not keep Disney from releasing the movie, but they did have this to say, “the production helps to perpetuate a dangerously glorified picture of slavery . . . [the film] unfortunately gives the impression of an idyllic master-slave relationship which is a distortion of the facts.”
The song “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” won an oscar for the best original song and James Baskett, who played Uncle Remus and voiced Br’er Fox, won an honorary academy award in 1948. Walt Disney campaigned for him to him to win the Academy Award, but that didn’t happen. He was able to get him the honorary award and he died three months later.
You can find Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear at Walt Disney World and Disneyland on Splash Mountain. This is one of our favorite rides at Walt Disney World. I think watching the movie may have tainted my son’s view of this ride though… thankfully, he loved the animated parts of Song of the South!
- The Lion Guard soundtrack
- Zootopia soundtrack
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack
- Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Mix Vol. 1. soundtrack
- Kion plush toy (To explore the full line of Lion Guard products, including the Kion plush, please visit your local Disney Store or DisneyStore.com.)
- Meet The New Guard (a lift-the-flap book) from Disney Junior’s hit series, “The Lion Guard.”
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Last weekend we had the best time at our #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate! We invited several of our friends from the neighborhood and their families. After eating hamburgers, beans, fruit, chips and Nesquik milk (we pretended we were eating burgers from Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe) we had a fun time decorating our own Mickey Cone Cakes. Some of us chose Mickey Rice Krispy Treats!
After eating dinner and dessert, it was time to PLAY! First, everyone got their Disney SWAG (and yes, I just learned that SWAG stands for Stuff We All Get)!
Once everyone had their goodies, we had a Disney Easter Egg hunt. I found Princess and Mickey pre filled eggs at the store and filled others with Princess fruit snacks, pirate erasers, and plastic jewels. Everyone loved the hunt!
After we played, we still had time for a few Disney games that were given to us in our party kit. Some played a Disney Matching Game and we found the charades game was too difficult for preschoolers to understand! We finally ended with several rounds of “Disney Bingo” where we used the Kilimanjaro Animals and Pirate Erasers at prizes.
After everyone left, we had three more rousing games of Disney Bingo!
|phone charging station at the Rapunzel
bathrooms at Magic Kingdom
- Magic Kingdom Park
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
- Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
- Disney Springs
- Disney’s BoardWalk
- All Resort Hotels
- Fort Wilderness (but you must pick up a cable modem kit at Meadow Trading Post)
To access complimentary Wi-Fi, simply select the Walt Disney World Resort network from a Wi-Fi enabled device and begin browsing the internet, checking email, uploading photos to social media and more!
- Never unplug anything to charge your phone
- Only use the plugs in the Child Care Centers or First Aid areas if you are legitimately using these spaces for the intended purpose.
- Never leave your phone unattended.
- Don’t block walkways or sidewalks waiting on your phone to charge.
- Don’t move furniture or displays to get to a plug.
- Don’t remove outlet covers in order to charge.
- While dining, look for tables near a plug. This way you can eat and charge at the same time.
Once you go through Cinderella Castle into Fantasyland, you will find the store, Sir Mickey’s, on your right. If you pay attention, you can see the beanstalk vines poking through the windows and rafters of this shop. Inside, you’ll find Mickey and several other nods to this short, Mickey and the Beanstalk.
|Thanks to James and Lisa from Home Is Where The Mouse Is for this image!|
Fun and Fancy Free is actually the 10th movie in our 2016 Disney Movie Resolution. We had to skip Song of the South because we don’t have it… yet. I have a friend who is letting us borrow it soon!
Fun and Fancy Free was released on September 27, 1947 as another Disney “Package Film” (feature-length compilations of shorter segments). This film has two segments: Bongo and Mickey and the Beanstalk. Jiminy Cricket is the host as he walks through a house and comes upon a doll, a bear, and a record player. This begins Bongo- a story about a little circus bear who makes it to the wild and falls in love.
Following Bongo, we see a little girl at a live action birthday party with a man, Edgar Bergen narrating the story of Mickey and the Beanstalk with is two ventriloquist puppets, Mortimer and Charlie. This is basically the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but with Mickey, Goofy, and Donald. These three are living in Happy Valley where the magic harp, who sings to make the valley happy, is stolen. In desperation, Mickey sells their last cow for 3 magic beans. Donald throws them in anger and they fall down a hole. That night the beans sprout and carry the tiny house, with the three inside, up to Willie the Giant’s castle in the sky.
While I had never seen Bongo, I remember watching, singing along with, and laughing through Mickey and the Beanstalk as a child with my brothers. We loved singing and dancing to Fi Fi Fo Fum and watching the VCR tape in slow motion as Willie sneezes! My boys enjoyed this just as much as I did.
There are so many fun things you can do for dinner with a Fun and Fancy Free Family Movie Night! You could always have a huge feast like you find at Willie’s castle. Pot Roast with Pistachio gravy would be best! 🙂 Or you could try to make a bean sandwich with as thin sliced bread as you can find and a pinto bean cut into slices.
Instead of a dinner, we went with snacks again. In the above photo (taken while the movie was playing) we see Jiminy Cricket with a glass of what seems to be raspberry lemonade and a plate of white birthday cake. We decided to have white Little Debbie cakes and raspberry lemonade. We also had several other “easy” snacks- Pistachios for Willie’s “green gravy”, green beans (yes, my son eats them raw!) for the bean stalk, and chocolate Teddy Grahams for Bongo the bear!
What would you do for a family movie night with Fun and Fancy Free? I’d love to hear in the comments!