Yale professor James Snead seems not so much to mind the re-issue of Disney's "Song of the South" as he minds the failure of studio officials to re-write the thing "featuring a black character fighting for heroic goals" (" 'Song' Not Ended for Disney," Dec. 27).
Such a movie could be made, of course--though just how "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" would fit into the score is not clear; but then the Disney people would not have a re-issue, but a new movie, "Song of the South II."
OK. I saw the 1946 release and I considered it then, as I consider it now, one of the most poignant, entertaining movies in a childhood spent at the movies; and I am glad that the movie is being re-issued for my children and my children's children to see.
Sure, the movie is based on lies and myths and half-truths, as all movies are. But are Disney's lies and myths necessarily less accurate than Snead's lies and myths?