Follies of the Madmen #207



Cartoon characters from one of the most politically incorrect films of Hollywood history shill for Rambler. Is this why that company eventually went under?
     Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 02, 2013
     Category: Animals | Anthropomorphism | Business | Advertising | Racism | Stereotypes and Cliches | 1950s | Cars





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I was just knee-high to a grasshopper back in '55 but there was none of this asinine 'political correctness' back then, you uber-liberal, tree hugging, pink-o, socialist Hollywood types! (Too much?)

The biggest selling point of these cars was that the front seats folded flat! Think 'drive in'.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/02/13 at 09:25 AM
Your uber-right comments are ALWAYs too much.
Posted by Donna on 07/02/13 at 12:20 PM
Never mind that these characters are all over the place at the Disney resorts. Ever ride Splash Mountain?
Posted by Irene on 07/02/13 at 01:55 PM
Ah, yes. Splash Mountain - the Disney version of "Deliverance." This is why I avoid going to Dismal-Land at all costs.
Posted by KDP on 07/02/13 at 03:40 PM
Though I will stipulate that the movie is severely dated, I'm not sure it qualifies as "one of the most politically incorrect films of Hollywood history." Considering the era in which it was made, it was reasonably respectful of Uncle Remus. As noted on the Wiki page, not everyone finds it offensive: at the time, Ebony magazine considered such criticisms to be "unadulterated hogwash symptomatic of the unfortunate racial neurosis that seems to be gripping so many of our humorless brethren these days."
Posted by Frank on 07/02/13 at 04:23 PM
If anyone wants to know there are laser disc copies of "Song of the South" by Disney. (Not saying I have it) ❓

I know Patty enjoys a certain DVD conversion of "something".
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 07/02/13 at 04:31 PM
I certainly have no fondness for "political correctness," and indeed have never seen anything but bits and pieces of SONG OF THE SOUTH. Still, when you can readily buy commercial DVDs of BIRTH OF A NATION, but not ones of SOTS, that seems to elevate the latter's ranking as "politically incorrect." But then again, we have to factor in the living legal presence of Disney Enterprises versus the unsupervised DW Griffith estate.
Posted by Paul on 07/02/13 at 05:38 PM
Very difficult indeed to defend a film in which the Klansmen are (nominally) the good guys. But BOAN's status as the first full-length film does make it unique. Being silent also helps define it as a relic of a bygone era.
Posted by Frank on 07/02/13 at 05:58 PM
If you want a certain "something" Paul I know you can get in touch with Patty privately that will get to me asap as we talk every day. She really appreciated those signed books. Disney only released the film for a limited time in Asia on the failed laser disc format. They will never release it again. A real shame as the man who played Uncle Remus said it was one of his favorite songs/movie.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 07/02/13 at 10:56 PM
The first thing I thought about this Rambler commercial was that the company was run by none other than George Romney, daddy of Mitt. By the way, I bought the movie dvd in 2009 from onlyclassicmovies.com, a yahoo store. They do not carry it right now. It was only $12.50 and shipped for free. I think you can still get a copy on eBay from blujay free marketplace.
Posted by Fritz on 07/03/13 at 08:18 AM
Interesting info Fritz. Yes there are DVD copies out there for sale but they are all rips/conversions from the laser disc and never endorsed by Disney. I have several copies of the laser disc that was officially released and can be legally resold or gifted. If you own a real original you can have a archival copy of it.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 07/03/13 at 08:42 AM
My dvd is not a bootleg copy, it is the version Disney officially produced for sale only in the UK. Unfortunately, it's no longer available there. It does look like it's available at http://songofthesouthdvd.net/ for $24.99, though.
Posted by Fritz on 07/03/13 at 10:12 AM
Little did I realize growing up in the early 60's that my favorite bedtime story book was so controversial!
The Disney kids book version, presented lots of nice pictures to help us learn to read. I always felt that the real "trickster" of the stories was not Br'er rabbit, But Uncle Remus! He made sure Johnny got to keep his dog, made sure Johnny didn't run away, ect..ect.
In short,(I know,too late!) The most important thing I learned about books, Writing, And critical thought I learned from this work.
Even if you "Know" what the author intends to say, You may misinterpret
if you don't ASK.
Joel Chandler Harris wiki
Posted by Tyrusguy on 07/03/13 at 10:26 AM
By Googling the phone # on the site Fritz references (I was curious as the area code is near mine), I got to a "parent" site: http://www.classicreels.com, which seems to specialize in films that romanticize the Old South at the expense of historical accuracy. [For example, "The Littlest Rebel" starring Shirley Temple.] Since I want to make my own judgment as to whether SOTS falls into that category, I ordered a copy there.

I only mention this b/c SOTS is $5 cheaper at the parent site than it is at the direct site.
Posted by Frank on 07/03/13 at 11:31 AM
Sorry if I offended you Fritz or anyone else. It's a good movie that should not be so banned. Perhaps like many old works the copyright legalities have long since expired. I've never been to Europe but would like to some day. My father went to Great Britain/England and a town with our last name.

Thanks for putting up references where people can get a copy if they want.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 07/03/13 at 11:46 AM
I always felt the demise of teh Rambler was due to this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMErG-idop4
Posted by tadchem on 07/03/13 at 11:48 AM
I'm so tired of people beatin' up on the South! :down:
Posted by Steph on 07/03/13 at 01:26 PM
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