It was 70 years ago today on November 12 1946 that Walt Disney's "Song of the South" was released. Unfortunately the Disney Company has kept the film from public view for a very long time denying millions of animation fans the opportunity to see this masterpiece through legitimate means. Questionable concerns about portraying racism in the post Civil War era have kept it in the dark even though the film in many ways was groundbreaking in its depiction of racial harmony.
Myron Smith of Animation Treasures explains further in his latest video the controversy surrounding Song of the South...
On this monumental occasion when the Hollywood political class was handed a resounding defeat at the hands of the American people with the election of Donald J Trump as the 45th President of the United States, I would like to remind this town as to why it happened. Take a look at this video in which a 64 year old homeless woman who protected Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame from vandalism was treated a few days ago. If you're upset about the results of the election Hollywood consider your own lack of humanity. You've given us a legacy of hate, ignorance, violence and stupidity.
The lesson within this video is something I can very much relate to after many years with AnimationNation educating my colleagues as to the realities of the industry and encouraging them to claim the future and move in directions that will benefit us individually and collectively. Animation artists in control of our destiny by virtue of a strong independent community.
"Plato's Allegory of the Cave" is a metaphor about striving to enlighten others and working for a positive change. Brooklyn based Alex Gendler is the creator of the video and also fights the good fight.