Disney Pictures has previously announced that it plans to open up its vault for the Disney+ streaming service launching in November, and within the first year or so plans a streaming release of several classic films on its direct-to-consumer streaming service.
One title, however, will not be making it – the 1946 feature “Song of the South” which, to this day, has never been released on home video in the United States. Despite winning an Oscar for the song ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’ and inspiring the famed Splash Mountain ride, the film has been criticized for its portrayal of African-Americans following the end of the Civil War.
The company has long felt it was unsuitable for release, CEO Bob Iger saying back in 2011 that “it wouldn’t be in the best interest of our shareholders to bring it back, even though there would be some financial gain”.
The company also doesn’t plan to include a scene from the 1941 animated film “Dumbo” featuring a crow named Jim Crow. Disney+ is expected to be host to some 7,500 TV episodes and 500 movies along with original programming including “The Mandalorian,” the live-action remake of “Lady and the Tramp” and numerous Marvel series.