Arts Two Items from Cinematical, Two Items From My Childhood (or Youthier Youth)
posted by March 28 at 16:18 PMon
From Cinematical comes news of two possible releases:
On DVD: Disney is “strongly considering” releasing the notorious Brer Rabbit/Tar Baby tale Song of the South, featuring Uncle Remus, a happy story-telling slave (or worse, a happy, post-Civil War, voluntary virtual slave).
I know I saw either Song of the South (which was rereleased in theaters in 1986) or, possibly, the expurgated Brer Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby (released on video in the ’90s) as a kid—I’m pretty sure I saw the original, actually, and I definitely had a record or tape of the soundtrack. In some ways, I’m almost more offended by the fact that kids can see cleaned-up versions of Song of the South (like the 2006 The Adventures of Brer Rabbit)—it’s weird to know and cite Tar Baby stories (not to mention the Oscar-winning song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”) without being aware of their charged “publication” history. Americans always seem to prefer to suppress memories (blackface minstrelsy is another good example) instead of acknowledging them as a problematic cultural inheritance. I can’t endorse that. And any parent who lets their kid watch Song of the South without pointing out its racist elements is probably already feeding them prejudice with their Cheerios.
In theaters: David Duchovny is again forecasting a feature-length The X-Files sequel. Erik Davis at Cinematical wonders whether the plan will work: “One thing Duchovny did note back in 2005 was that the sequel will not pick up where the last film left off, or involve some sort of alien conspiracy. Instead, it will be a regular old supernatural horror film. No word on what that means for Agent Mulder (will he be hunting down ghosts on MySpace alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar), but ditching the whole “alien aspect” might not sit well with those die hard fans.” Don’t be ridiculous. Any real die-hard fan (10th grade through senior year of college, ladies and gentlemen!) will tell you that the alien through-line didn’t start until the second season (when Gillian Anderson was 8 months pregnant and Scully had to be abducted) and never made any coherent sense. The stand-alone episodes, usually featuring some isolated supernatural horror, were always the classics. Remember Flukey?