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7-year-old Johnny (Bobby Driscoll) is excited about what he believes to be a vacation at his grandmother's Georgia plantation with his parents, John Sr. (Erik Rolf) and Sally (Ruth Warrick). When they arrive at the plantation, he discovers that his parents will be living apart for a while, and he is to live at the plantation with his mother and grandmother (Lucile Watson) while his father returns to Atlanta to continue his controversial editorship in the city's newspaper. Johnny, distraught because of his father's departure, secretly sets off that night for Atlanta with only abindle.
As Johnny sneaks away from the plantation, he is attracted by the voice ofUncle Remus(James Baskett) telling tales of a character namedBr'er Rabbit. By this time, word had gotten out that Johnny was missing, and some plantation residents are looking for him. Johnny evades being discovered, but Uncle Remus catches up with him. They befriend each other and Uncle Remus offers him some food for his journey, taking him back to his cabin. Back at the cabin, Uncle Remus tells Johnny the traditional African-American folktale, "Br'er Rabbit Earns a Dollar a Minute". In the story, Br'er Rabbit (Johnny Lee) attempts to run away from home only to change his mind after an encounter withBr'er Fox and Br'er Bear(James Baskett andNick Stewart), Johnny takes the advice and changes his mind about leaving the plantation, letting Uncle Remus take him back to his mother.
Johnny makes friends with Toby (Glenn Leedy), a young black boy who lives on the plantation, and Ginny Favers (Luana Patten), a poor white girl. Ginny gives Johnny a puppy after her two older brothers, Joe (Gene Holland) and Jake (George Nokes), threaten to drown it. Johnny's mother refuses to let him take care of the puppy, so he takes the dog to Uncle Remus. Uncle Remus takes the dog in and delights Johnny and his friends withthe fable of Br'er Rabbit and the Tar-Baby, stressing that people shouldn't get involved with something they have no business with in the first place. Johnny heeds the advice of how Br'er Rabbit usedreverse psychologyon Br'er Fox and begs the Favers Brothers not to tell their mother (Mary Field) about the dog. The reverse psychology works, and the boys go to speak with their mother. After being spanked, they realize that Johnny had fooled them. In an act of revenge, they tell Sally about the dog. She becomes upset that Johnny and Uncle Remus kept the dog despite her order (which was unknown to Uncle Remus). She instructs Uncle Remus not to tell any more stories to her son.
Johnny's birthday arrives and Johnny picks up Ginny to take her to his party. On the way there, Joe and Jake push Ginny into a mud puddle. With her dress ruined, Ginny is unable to go to the party and runs off crying. Johnny begins fighting with the boys, but their fight is broken up by Uncle Remus. Johnny runs off to comfort Ginny. He explains that he does not want to go either, especially since his father will not be there. Uncle Remus discovers both dejected children and cheers them up by telling the story ofBr'er Rabbit and his "Laughing Place". When the three return to the plantation, Sally becomes angry at Johnny for missing his own birthday party, and tells Uncle Remus not to spend any more time with him. Saddened by the misunderstanding of his good intentions, Uncle Remus packs his bags and leaves for Atlanta. Johnny rushes to intercept him, but is attacked by a bull and seriously injured after taking a shortcut through a pasture. While Johnny hovers between life and death, his father returns. Johnny calls for Uncle Remus, who is then escorted in by his grandmother. Uncle Remus begins telling a tale of Br'er Rabbit and the Laughing Place, and the boy miraculously survives.
Johnny, Ginny and Toby are next seen skipping along and singing while Johnny's returned puppy runs alongside them. Uncle Remus is also in the vicinity and he is shocked when Br'er Rabbit and several of the other characters from his stories appear in front of them and interact with the children. Uncle Remus rushes to join the group, and they all skip away singing.

Original Title SONG OF THE SOUTH
Category Out of competition
Section Out of Competition
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 94'
Production Year 1946
Nationality USA
Directed by Harve Foster, Wilfred Jackson
Story Dalton S. Reymond, Joel Chandler Harris
Screenplay Dalton S. Reymond, Morton Grant, Maurice Rapf, Bill Peet, Ralph Wright, Vernon Stallings
Director of photography Gregg Toland
Editor William Morgan
Animator Milt Kahl, Eric Larson, Ollie Johnston, Les Clark, Marc Davis, John Lounsbery
Special Effects Ub Iwerks
Production Design Perry Ferguson
Costume Design Mary Wills
Art Director Ken Anderson, Charles Philippi, Harold Doughty, Hugh Hennesy, Philip Barber
Main cast James Baskett (Uncle Tom)
Bobby Driscoll (Johnny)
Luana Patten (Ginny)
Glenn Leedy (Toby)
Ruth Warrick (Sally)
Lucile Watson (Grandmother)
Hattie McDaniel (Aunt Tempy)
Erik Rolf (John)
Mary Field (Mrs. Favers)
Anita Brown (Maid)
George Nokes (Jake Favers)
Gene Holland (Joe Favers)
Produced by Walt Disney

Harve Foster was born on November 27, 1907 in Kansas, USA. He was a director and producer, known for "Song of the South" (1946), "The Sheriff of Cochise" (1956) and "Whirlybirds" (1957). He died on July 27, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Wilfred Jackson (Chicago, Illinois, January 24, 1906) is an American animator, arranger, composer and director best known for his work on the "Mickey Mouse" and "Silly Symphonies" series of cartoons and the two segments "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria of Fantasia" from Walt Disney Productions. He was also instrumental in developing the system with which Disney added music and sound to "Steamboat Willie", the first Mickey Mouse cartoon. Several of the Silly Symphony shorts he directed, including The Old Mill (1937), won Academy Awards during the 1930s. Starting with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in 1937 he directed sequences in many of the major Disney animated features up to "Lady and the Tramp" in 1955, including all of the animated sequences in "Song of the South" (1946). He later moved into television, producing and directing for Disney's Disneyland series.


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