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!
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!
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!
We were a bit late on watching movie #8 of our Movie Resolution, which was Make Mine Music. This was the first time we had seen this movie. It’s a lot like Fantasia in the fact that it’s a collection of animated shorts with lots of music. There were two shorts in the film I had seen: Casey at the Bat and Peter and the Wolf. I remember reading the Peter and the Wolf book as a child and Casey at the Bat is one of my favorites, being a baseball fan!
Honestly, my boys were “bored” with several parts of this movie. They enjoyed “All the Cats Join In”, “Casey at the Bat”, “Peter and the Wolf”, and “The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met.” Since none of us had seen the whole movie, I wasn’t sure what type of treat or snack to make, so we settled on xylophone cookies! Since the title is “Make Mine Music” we decided to make a musical instrument- even though a xylophone is not anywhere in the movie!
After the movie, I thought we should have had a ballpark meal of corndog nuggets and fries, since that’s what we always eat on Main Street when we dine at Casey’s Corner!
Movie #7 in our New Year’s Resolution list was The Three Caballeros. This film premiered in Mexico City on December 21, 1944. It was released in the United States on February 3, 1945 and in the United Kingdom in March, 1945. This was the first time I had seen this movie all the way through. One thing that immediately stood out to me was the Birthday of Donald Duck. In the movie, Donald receives 3 presents from his friends in Latin America for his birthday on “Friday the 13th.” I always thought Donald’s birthday was June 9, 1934… so I did some research and found this on disney.wikia.com:
Donald’s birthday is officially recognized as June 9,1934, the day his debut film was released, but in The Three Caballeros, his birthday is given as simply “Friday the 13th,” while in Donald’s Happy Birthday, it is elaborated to be March 13th.
Regardless of when Donald’s birthday really is, this movie obviously reminded me of the Gran Fiesta Tour in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase. Watching this movie will definitely make you appreciate this attraction more!
|Gran Fiesta Tour|
|The Three Caballeros movie|
- Lake Titicaca, where Donald Duck visits Lake Titicaca, mingles with the locals, and meets a llama.
- Pedro, a short about a small airplane, Pedro, who has to pick up mail from Argentina and bring it back to Chile while dealing with Aconcagua, the tallest mountain outside of Asia, a vulture, and plane trouble.
- El Gaucho Goofy, American cowboy Goofy is taken to Argentina to learn how to be a Gaucho.
- Aquarela do Brasil, this means Watercolor of Brazil, and that is exactly what the cartoon is about. A watercolor paintbrush paints the scenes of South America and Donald Duck meets his new friend Jose Carioca.
- mini ‘nilla waffers
- Hershy Kisses
- Mini chocolate chips
- peanut butter