Reviews

Johnny Tremain (1957)

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The 1957 Disney film, Johnny Tremain, was originally intended for television, but was sent to theatres first. Lucky for it that it did, else it wouldn’t have been eligible for review on this blog!

“Need I remind you that I have a gun pointed in your direction?”

Based on the Esther Forbes novel of the same name, the film tells the story of a young boy in the days before the American Revolution takes off. Is the film adaptation worth viewing? Read on to find out!

And remember, SPOILERS AHEAD!

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So Dear to My Heart (1948)

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While Song of the South may be more famous (or infamous), it wasn’t the only live-action Disney film of its time to feature animated segments within it. The 1948 film, So Dear to My Heart, would be another example of this type of film from Disney. Is the film any good or is better left obscure? Read on to find out what I think!

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Song of the South (1946)

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Yep, we’re doing this! As the purpose of this blog is to review every theatrically released live-action Disney film, I couldn’t skip the very first theatrically released live-action Disney film!

Wait, wasn’t THIS the first theatrically released live-action Disney film?

No, Treasure Island was the first Disney film to be ENTIRELY live-action! Song of the South was the first Disney film to have any sort of live-action in it!

Wait, weren’t THESE the first Disney films to have any sort of live-action in them?

Ok, technically The Reluctant Dragon and Victory Through Air Power preceded Song of the South, but I’m not reviewing documentaries for this blog and those two films are documentaries or at least have documentary-like elements. 

So, for all practical purposes of this blog, Song of the South is the first theatrically released live action Disney film! The film has a reputation for being insensitive/racist, hence it’s never been released in American on home video. Yet, the legacy of the film lives on with the Academy Award-winning song, Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, still being sung today and the Disney theme park ride, Splash Mountain, incorporating scenes from the film!

I had seen the film years ago and found it to be more boring than racist myself. Thankfully, I was able to find a streaming version of the film to rewatch for this blog. Do I still find the film boring? Do I find it racist now? Do I find it to be neither? Read on to find out!

And remember, SPOILERS AHEAD!

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