Friday, November 08, 2019

Devil Mouse disappearing its own history

It won't be long before the Wicked Witch is redrawn as a Misunderstood Stepmother in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves:
A new report details that Disney will be censoring a number of its classic movies for its upcoming streaming service Disney+. CNBC reports that the streaming service will not offer its Academy Award winning 1946 animated feature Song of the South.

That really isn’t a surprise as Disney has never released the film in any home video format in the United States before. Back in 2011, Disney CEO Bob Iger explained the decision to not release Song of the South noting the film “wouldn’t necessarily sit right or feel right to a number of people today.”

It’s possible more censorship will be coming for Disney’s older movies. In the upcoming Lady and The Tramp live-action remake, the classic “The Siamese Cat Song” will be removed from the film with a new song replacing it.
I suspect the move to anodyne and inoffensive entertainment is going to serve animated movies about as well as it has served modern comedy.

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Blogger D. November 08, 2019 9:33 PM  

" Academy Award winning 1946 animated feature Song of the South"

Makes me want to see it. Copyrights should expire after 17 years like patents.

Blogger Rick November 08, 2019 9:37 PM  

said the Department of Imaginary People Might Be Offended Probably.

Blogger Azimus November 08, 2019 9:42 PM  

Can you sue Disney to give up the copyright? It would be interesting to see them defend it...

Blogger Chief_Tuscaloosa November 08, 2019 9:47 PM  

If any attorneys with knowledge of copyright could answer this, I'd appreciate it. If a consumer were to get a copy of Song of the South from Pirate Bay or something similar--of course the downloaer can't defend the action in court if Disney sued. BUT WHAT WOULD BE THE DAMAGES? Seeing as how Disney is unwilling to sell the product at any price to anyone, how could the judge determine a fair amount of damages?

Blogger JAG November 08, 2019 9:54 PM  

I've been reading the reactions to moves like this across the internet. Seeing lots of hoisting the Jolly Roger, and people talking like pirates with plans to sail the seven seas to Pirate Bay me mateys.

I've seen that pop up from time to time over the last 20 years on the internet, but there is a big difference this time. There is far less vilification virtue signaling going on this time. Many are even saying the pirates are the good guys now that will preserve what the corporate devils at Disney try to Memory Hole.

My loot is buried on a deserted island that only I know the way to, AAARRGGHH. I have an extensive pre-woke archive that can stand the test of time. Nobody taking Uncle Remus away from me. When I watch Die Hard it will feature a White hetero male version of John McClain and not the black muslim lesbian midget version that the Devil Mouse will no doubt produce now that it owns Fox's movie catalog.

Blogger Unknown November 08, 2019 10:02 PM  

Copyright holders can elect statutory damages in the US. They do not need to prove a quantifiable loss.

Blogger Alexei November 08, 2019 10:06 PM  

"Seeing as how Disney is unwilling to sell the product at any price to anyone, how could the judge determine a fair amount of damages?"

IANAL but as a writer I've studied this. Statutory penalties for violation of a copyright that has been registered in a timely manner can run on the order of $100k per instance of infringement. Don't have to show any damages at all.

Blogger Jemison Thorsby November 08, 2019 10:06 PM  

Disney would like a a lot of things to disappear from view...

Blogger Keith November 08, 2019 10:09 PM  

>“The Siamese Cat Song” will be removed from the film

OMG my Japanese girlfriend thinks that's the best part of that film. What in the hell.

Blogger JAG November 08, 2019 10:09 PM  

You do have to show that the copy is illegal. A person with a downloaded mp4 of a movie has not harmed a studio as long as they own a legally purchased original. That is one of the many reasons that there is not a long list of people sued successfully for owning copies.

It is the people that try to sell for profit on a large enough scale to get noticed that get in trouble. Even most of those types get away with it.

Blogger tublecane November 08, 2019 10:25 PM  

I don't remember what could be so offensive about that movie, except that anything about the telling of black folk tales from a culture in honestly I don't know why.

Dumbo is probably worse, with the murder of crows featuring one named Jim.

@4- There once was a DVD copy of Song of the South floating around my house. I assume from China or something. Disney don't own the world (yet).

Blogger Pseudotsuga November 08, 2019 10:35 PM  

A friend of mine who lived in Japan a few decades ago has a copy of the Song of the South he bought in Japan back then. We watched it,and that was the first time I saw the whole thing. I guess it is only racist for Americans to view or purchase.

Blogger spinoza November 08, 2019 10:43 PM  

This story should help the hollywood stock exchange reach new levels of value.

Blogger Servant November 08, 2019 11:21 PM  

So when I was fifteen our class was watching the King and I. During the scene where yul Brenner is showing off his kids a pair comes out and he holds up two fingers and gives a proud father look. I say, "oh he's got Siamese twins" the whole class groans. Wonder what would happen to someone making that pun these days

Blogger Unknown November 08, 2019 11:23 PM  

An unlicensed copy is not somehow noninfringing because you own a legit copy. The SIIA and BSA make a living off this issue.

Blogger Don't Call Me Len November 08, 2019 11:35 PM  

the move to anodyne and inoffensive entertainment

Soon every streaming service will offer only two choices: a continuous loop of Shoah or a continuous loop of Roots.

Blogger Doktor Jeep November 08, 2019 11:51 PM  

Memory holing in entertainment is merely the mop-up operation. They did it to everything else already.

Blogger spacehabitats November 09, 2019 12:20 AM  

Boomers watched and loved these movies in their all of their politically incorrect glory. Globalist turds like (((Iger))) are no more representative of his generation then AOC is of hers. Oh wait, actually much less.

Blogger Macs November 09, 2019 12:32 AM  

They hate to distribute their quality movies for some reason. It's a weird world when a series like the original Star Wars has to be painstaking recovered over thousands of hours in a fan edit and then distributed through pirate sites in order to view it as it was made, not all that long ago! But Lucas would only release his later cyan-hued versions and the crapoy cgi inserts... It was "artistic" choice in his case, but Disney doesn't even have that excuse. Copyright law is literally erasing our history of a time period that should be the easiest to preserve ever.

Blogger Colonel Blimp November 09, 2019 1:03 AM  

Stop worrying about Disneysh5t. They bring you the filth on ABC such as Modern Family, Blackish, mixishish, trollishtrannyish. They have mostly ruined sports with espn coverage and oprah style pontificating 24/7. They have taken endless cartoons, movies, star wars that for years would signal to families " hey you're safe here" and turned them into leftist propaganda and woke nightmare fuel so that your kid can't even finish elementary school before the pure fantasy world only children can enjoy is destroyed and made cheap.

But then the debasing of good things is what gets them off anyway right?

You owe them nothing. You don't need to save up to go to Florida because you're kids deserve a trip to Disneyworld. Not when its like 8 grand for a family of four. And to what ? Wait in line for half of the day in order to see tranny couples tell your children how oppressed everyone is? Or how history is solely a malleable tool to get you to hate what is good while groupthinking how good butt sexd is? Oh but space mountain is so cool.

And its nothing new. When i was a kid they would deliberately hold movies in vaults for years so that they could gouge parents every few years. My kid def needs bambi new release vhs for 29.99 when you could just record any sat cartoon or charlie brown for free.... They even tried to make it impossible to sell your old vhs as dvds started to take over but realized it was impossible even for them to do so.

They are run mercilessly into poz heaven by frugalists and last made any concessions to the morals and faith of its majority Christian client base back when Walt himself ran it.

You owe them nothing. Nostalgia can be harmful if out of perspective. And let's be honest, outside of 2 or 3 classics, the kid's films aren't even all that great.

Not another dime.

Blogger Amethyst Dominica November 09, 2019 1:55 AM  

The only thing about Song of the South that could be deemed offensive by the Woketopians is the fact that all of the black characters spoke in the pidgin Southern rural English that most black folks --and most poor people in general-- spoke back in the mid 19th Century. Uncle Remus himself was a good role model - almost a father to the main character white boy whose parents were going through marital problems. At no point does the main character chastise or abuse any black character, and I cannot recall any offensive stereotypes among the black characters themselves, (like them eating watermelons, etc.)

The story was set in the Reconstruction South, - Wokesters complain that the movie whitewashes that time period, making things seem rosier than they were, but I didn't think so. The movie is told from the point of view of a child, and most kids will see the setting of their youth as a magical storybook time filled with discovery and adventure, --even if it had its share of bad moments as well. As an example, the movie "Hope and Glory" is all about a young boy who lives through the blitz of World War 2 Britain, and, although he experiences loss, destruction of his house, and parental separation, he also has wonderful experiences that open his eyes onto the world. Bombed out London is as much a playground to him as the English countryside his family eventually moves to. And yet, I don't hear people reeing about how offensive "Hope and Glory" is, or how it makes World War 2 look more fun and exciting than it actually was.

Truth be Told, I found "Song of the South" a little dull for my tastes (the cartoon segments are, by far, the best parts of it.) But offensive? No. I think the Censors who are denouncing the movie are doing so more because it's a "pro-South" movie that waxes nostalgically for the lost culture of that era, -- a culture that was later villified by the urban media peddlers of the late 20th Century, (ie: the same people responsible for the "Rural Purge" that reshaped television in the 60s and 70s.)

Blogger Dark glasses Woody November 09, 2019 2:42 AM  

We have always been at war with East Fantasia

Blogger OvergrownHobbit November 09, 2019 2:44 AM  

Ah'm the leader. Ah'l say when we charge.....



Thomas O'Malley x those Siamese twins was my model for the SDL under the automated armor.


Blogger fredulent November 09, 2019 3:22 AM  

I've seen bootlegs available of Song of the South on bluray somewhere.

Blogger Stilicho November 09, 2019 4:39 AM  

How could song of the south offend when leftists in blackface are getting elected/re-elected everywhere?

But this does illustrate something important: these Grabblers are cowards. If we fight, most of them will run. Those that don't... just make it more entertaining.

Blogger Stilicho November 09, 2019 4:52 AM  

On another note, censorship has always been one of the biggest reasons for the move to streaming rather than selling hard copies. (((they))) plan to exponentially increase their revisionism. Did you know that the Normandy invasion was just a bunch of smart alec (((guys))) from Brooklyn who totally beat the Nazis on their own.

High trust societies survive by putting the untrustworthy out in the cold to die. No one should be surprised to see that reversion to the mean occur.

Blogger Damelon Brinn November 09, 2019 5:59 AM  

There is far less vilification virtue signaling going on this time.

I think they've *finally* gotten to the point that ordinary people are starting to see it. They could convince people who never saw "Song of the South" that it was so bad they shouldn't publish it. But now they're woke-washing the shows people grew up with, that they *know* are not harmful. And there will obviously be no end to it. Take all the gay jokes out of comedies, all the stereotypical Indians out of Westerns, all the black maids dressed like Aunt Jemima in various shows. Get rid of the spanking scene in "A Quiet Man" and any other scene where a man slaps or spanks a woman, calling it violence against women. Eventually they'll edit shows to take the aprons off mothers and put nerdy STEM glasses on black characters. It'll be like George Lucas's special editions on obnoxious steroids, and people already understand how that sucks.

Blogger Jack Morrow November 09, 2019 6:00 AM  

While the corporation trashes the very things that made Disney popular in the first place, they still trade on the Disney name; why don't they "disappear" that?

"Song of the South" was still being re-released in theatres every few years well into the 1970s, which was certainly a time of increasing social awareness, but it was apparently believed that 1970s audiences could absorb such content without requiring smelling salts and grief counsellors.

Blogger Brett baker November 09, 2019 6:26 AM  

True story: Before we went into Somalia in the early 90s, the former ambassador to Somalia advised against it, saying,"We would get stuck in the Somalia tar baby". Adults back then didn't know it was a Song of the South reference, and cried "RACIST!"

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 09, 2019 6:34 AM  

I had a chance to trudge my way through Song of the South when I was in London thirty years ago.

First of all it's boring as hell.

I think that objectionable content isn't the Southern Black dialect, (perfectly accurate BTW, I knew plenty of country blacks who spoke exactly like Uncle Remus).

What SJWs have always hated about SOTS is an image of Pre-Civl War life that isn't all rapes and whippings.

As for Slaves being portrayed as simpletons, the two most idiotic characters were a couple of mean white boys.

They were also the only ones to get whipped.

I think it was the image of paternal affection of the whites for their slaves that caused all the REEEEEs in the Sixties.

And it was perfectly accurate!

My grandfather's best friend was a comrade from WWI. That guy was the epitome of Southron Elegance. Always met my grandparents at the train station with flowers for my grandmother.

This guy left a black tie party he was holding to get a doctor and drive fifty miles into the swamp to get one of his black workers medical treatment.

He was always going on about how great Paris had been and how much he wanted to live there.

My grandfather finally said to him, "look your wife has passed on. Your kids are out of the house. You've got plenty of money. Go live in Paris!"

And Southron shook his head sadly and replied, "I can't do that. My niggers need me."

Blogger T-Square Bear November 09, 2019 6:35 AM  

Song of the South. South, South Pole, song, story, based on a true story, the truth about Antarctica. Disney is vaulting footage of the truth about Antarctica.

Hiding in plain sight.

Blogger Skyler the Weird November 09, 2019 6:48 AM  

Banning Song of the South is racist. Uncle Remus was a veteran of the Union Army and was trying to educate those cracker children during Reconstruction. The Brer Rabbit stories were retelling the Anansi stories from West Africa using North American animals.

Blogger Avalanche November 09, 2019 7:20 AM  

@5 "Seeing lots of hoisting the Jolly Roger"

I'm just scribbling the Jolly Roger on a napkin; but I DID just go download and save the Siamese Cat song. (Posted on YT seven years ago!)

Blogger Veritas Bear November 09, 2019 7:44 AM  

I remember that I enjoyed watching Song of the South. It is a classic.

I have all the original "Black Diamond" releases of the Disney movies as well as a set of the first Master Classics. I just got a offer of US$15K for one VHS tape. I looked on eBay and it was selling for that and I own them all and never watched any of the Black Diamond editions (that is what the Master Classic set was for). Why are they worth so much?

Someone found out I have the original Star Wars collection and they wish that as well.

Is it Boomers trying to save their past or people trying to get the non-edited non-PC copies? And should I sell them?
(I will never watch them again (maybe SW series). I live a very simple life so I am in need of no funds; if I sold them the money would go to Charity.)

Blogger VD November 09, 2019 7:53 AM  

Shoot me an email, Veritas Bear. I have an idea for preserving that stuff.

Blogger TheMaleRei November 09, 2019 7:56 AM  


Do not sell them. When the time is right donate them to people you trust absolutely so that they can keep them safe. Someone who will not sell off history for cash. Someone like BB, who may not watch them, but will appreciate their significance and importance...

It is also very possible that those who wish to purchase them wish to destroy them. To those of the Year Zero belief, there is no price too high to pay to erase history and wrong-think, first by money and eventually by mass graves and gulags.

Blogger Veritas Bear November 09, 2019 7:57 AM  

VD I will send you an e-mail. I have more that I will share in e-mail. Veritas Bear will be in Subject line.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan November 09, 2019 8:15 AM  

I watched SotS as a theater re-release in the early 70s, a packed house full of kids just mesmerized. Even then as a young kid I knew it to be "progressive" as I knew "Huck Finn" was progressive, and then the day came when I heard that Huck was being banned by some illiterate negroes I knew "liberalism" had no future.

There are a few liberal Jews, but the most are at best a degree of separation from the depiction in the Coen brother's opening scene in a "Serious Man." Never mind negroes, you want to win their affection, perform magic.

Blogger Nikolai Collushnikov November 09, 2019 8:18 AM  

China will eventually buy Disney anyhow.

Blogger JeighDi November 09, 2019 8:24 AM  

I was just thinking the other day about how much Disney movies have changed since they were doing movies like "The Moon Spinner" and "Emil and the Detectives". Probably even those they will now deem too upsetting. Too bad.

Blogger Zaklog the Great November 09, 2019 9:54 AM  

Possibly of interest to Vox & the Ilk: Ben Shapiro DESTROYS Ben Shapiro in debate!

Blogger Tiny Bunch November 09, 2019 10:24 AM  

>VD I will send you an e-mail.

I feel like I'm watching the birth of something big.

Blogger Nostromo November 09, 2019 11:29 AM  

Mom collects Disney movies. Of course she could never get SoftS. I found a European copy still in plastic at a flea market and grabbed it up. Later, Dad was able to get her a copy she could play on American machines from Europe. We're so evil!

Blogger Blastmaster November 09, 2019 11:55 AM  

Copies available at eBay. Obviously still controlled by heteronormative cisgendered racist bigots who are opposed to stamping out history

Blogger Pathfinderlight November 09, 2019 12:08 PM  

It's so fascinating what the anarchist/communist/leftist/sjw scourge is able to teach actual functional society over time. Move in unison; have no identifiable leadership; safeguard your religion and culture; root out traitors ruthlessly; crush your enemy in victory. Is there any lesson they have yet to teach us?

Blogger The Course of Empire November 09, 2019 2:45 PM  

"Song of the South" is really one of the most benign movies out there. The main black character is a decent fellow, with folksy wisdom, a guy I'd rather be around than any of SJW white (or (((white))) guys. Only a moron would think it's offensive.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl November 09, 2019 6:04 PM  

As if black people here in AL, GA, MS don't speak pidgin English in 2019.
I can take you to parts of Atlanta where you will be hard pressed to understand more than a few words you can pick out.
The Real Housewife's of Atlanta or Love & Hip-hop aren't a representation of how hood or country niggas talk.
Even living amongst them for 50 yrs and I still have some real problems figuring it out.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl November 09, 2019 6:09 PM  

As a young Southern kid in the 70s, I also knew SotS and Huck Finn were propaganda. Now they are banned by the very good whites who made the propaganda, lol.

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