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The Peacock Brothers saga needs closure, dammit.

Posted by Andrew Wright | March 28, 2007 4:34 PM

The stand-alones were top-notch. These days I'm reminded of those interminable alien-hunting detours, sadly, by the "explanatory" flounderings on Lost.

Posted by MvB | March 28, 2007 4:48 PM

I think Song of the South should be released on DVD, but not marketed as a film for children, but for its historical importance, and it should include documentaries/debates from historians of both film and race.

Warner Brothers is going to do something similar with the racist cartoons from their past.

Posted by elswinger | March 28, 2007 4:48 PM

Flukeman was awesomely gross, but the El Chupacabra episode was the best - combining actual Mexican folk legend, freaky space rain, and familial horror. More burning pee from the sky that makes mold that turns you into an alien-looking dude!

Posted by JTR | March 28, 2007 4:48 PM

The alien episodes were around from the beginning, with several in the first season, but the strength of the show was always the stand-alone episodes.

For a brief glorious time in about the fourth season, I actually thought they could make a connection between the main arc and the other episodes, but instead the show jumped the shark big time as it became clear Chris Carter was making it up as he went along.

The best episode of all, though, was "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'". Alex Trebek as a man in black!

Posted by Cascadian | March 28, 2007 5:03 PM

@5: The alien episodes were there in the first season, but the through-line alien conspiracy storyline was not.

Posted by annie | March 28, 2007 5:09 PM

My favorite X Files episode had Peter Boyle in "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose".

Posted by amazonmidwife | March 28, 2007 7:08 PM

Guess my mom was way ahead of you. I had never even heard of such a movie, and I am kinda glad I didn't. I did hear Zipity do dah a few times on the Disney Channel though when I was really little but never knew where it came from.

Posted by Brandon H | March 28, 2007 7:47 PM

Yes, the stand-alone episodes were the best and the old fans will love a movie with a supernatural "monster of the week" mystery. It doesn't have to be about aliens. If they bring some humor into it, like Bad Blood (the vampire episode), Jose Chung, Clyde Bruckman, Small Potatoes, etc, then it'll be golden. I'd like to see Morgan/Wong on the writing credits, thanks.

Posted by Kristi | March 28, 2007 9:24 PM

My grandparents had a VCR cassette of Song of the South. Could never get that song out of my head. Also, I have a Disney CD with the song on it.

Still listen to it for my childhood nostalgia.

Posted by Simon | March 28, 2007 10:36 PM

(try to disprove it)

Posted by Above the Radar | March 28, 2007 11:51 PM

I know I saw it as a kid, probably on TV's "Wide World of Disney" sometime in the early 70s. But the racial subtext didn't leave much impression in my northern home, where the holy trinity --according to my mother -- was Louis Armstrong, Martin Luther King, and Muhammad Ali.

Posted by Joe | March 29, 2007 12:51 AM

That (banned for several years from re-runs) episode with the in-breeding family is still more frightening than some of the horror films released to theatres today...

Posted by Mickymse | March 29, 2007 8:18 AM

I actually still have the "Song of the South" album along with many other Disney albums. I got them all in 78 when i was 4. oh the memories

Posted by Faux Show | March 29, 2007 9:25 AM

I fully agree with the stand-aloners: some of those episodes were the best written and wryest in humore. The Jose Chung episode (better known as the Frickin' Aliens) is still one of the dryest comedy episodes of any show. Also, Jesse Ventura as a MIB is great. And Alex Trebeck. I'd take it over their first movie any day.

And the Peacock's episode (Home) is still banned from daytime showings, they can only show it after 9 and then only with a viewer's discretion warning 24 hours in advance. America's not keen on rampant incest, I guess.

Posted by Hickey | March 29, 2007 10:19 AM

As racist as my grandparents were I'm surprised I've never see Song/South but like everyone else I do remember Zippity Do Da... but more from Blazing Saddles than anything else.

Posted by monkey | March 29, 2007 11:08 AM

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