After a lot of blood, sweat and tears, Jim Korkis’ latest book Who’s Afraid of the Song of the South? And Other Forbidden Disney Stories is finally ready for publication. It has just been listed on Amazon as both an e-book and a physical book (remember those?).
This time, Korkis (who has also revised his great volume The Vault of Walt) provides the most definitive account of the now-banned 1946 live action/animation Uncle Remus movie – the only Disney feature never released on DVD – its history, its production, and the controversy that still surrounds it. Is Song of the South racist? Is it inappropriate for modern audiences? Why has Disney refused to release the film theatrically since 1986? Using inside sources and dozens of personal interviews with those who worked on the film, Jim examines every aspect of Song of the South’s troubled history: the problems writing the screenplay, the background of the live actors, how the animation was created, Walt Disney’s personal contributions, why the film remains controversial today, and every other aspect of the film you can’t but should see.
The book also features a lengthy foreword by Disney Legend Floyd Norman. Jim also shares seventeen amazing — and equally forbidden — stories the Disney Company wishes were never told. You’ll learn about Disney’s sex education film, Walt’s plan for Mickey Mouse to commit suicide, Tim Burton’s depressed stint at the Disney Studios, Ward Kimball’s UFO obsession, Walt’s owl nightmares, the Disneyland Memorial Orgy poster, and lots more.