Could the controversial — and long-vaulted — Disney feature Song of the South eventually make its way to the Disney+ streaming service?
According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, all of the studio’s features would be available on Disney+, even those that have been long vaulted.
By the end of 2019, Disney+ will become available to consumers. It was previously announced that the streaming service will feature new content from “Star Wars” and Marvel. However, it was unclear if Disney would be releasing classic films that have been locked away in the past like “Cinderella,” “Bambi” or “Peter Pan.”
On Thursday, Iger confirmed that it would at some point put its entire motion picture library on the service, including movies that have traditionally been kept in its archives.
Disney has long had a policy of only allowing animated features to be available for a limited time and then putting them in a “vault” for several years before releasing them again for purchase.
While it’s not explicitly stated that Song of the South would see a re-release, it’s stated that every motion picture Disney in Disney’s library would eventually be available on the service.
Despite its importance to film history, the Oscar-winning Song of the South has been vaulted for decades as it’s viewed by today’s audiences as being racially insensitive. This despite the animated characters currently appearing on Splash Mountain attractions in Disney Parks all over the world.
However, in recent years, more people have been pushing for the film to be re-released, stating that it was a product of its time and would be worth revisiting for educational purposes.
In 2017, Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg stated that she would like to see the film released from the vault.
“I’m trying to find a way to get people to start having conversations about bringing Song of the South back. So we can talk about what it was and where it came from and why it came out,” Goldberg says.
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