Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings
Joel Chandler Harris, 1880
Song of the South
|Southern children have for years loved the tales of Uncle Remus. In Perry, Georgia in the 1950s and 60s, it was always a special occasion when a teacher was absent and Mr. Frank Holland was called on to fill-in. Mr. Frank had to be the best Uncle Remus storyteller I have ever heard. It was his love of the stories and his perfection of the dialect in which Joel Chandler Harris wrote the stories that held his listeners captive. Even today, folks still remember Mr. Frank and his Uncle Remus stories.|
The home of Joel Chandler Harris,
the Wren's Nest, in
Atlanta's West End community is now a museum which features readings of the Uncle Remus
(If you follow this link use your browser's back button to return here.)
Original movie bill from 1959 release. Poster available at
Walt Disney's Song of the South
In 1946, Walt Disney produced a motion picture based on the Uncle Remus stories. It was a wonderful movie which received three nominations for Academy Awards. James Bassett who played Uncle Remus was the first live actor hired by Disney and received a special Oscar for his work in the movie. The movies memorable song, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, won an Oscar in 1948 for Best Song.
Unfortunately, the movie has its detractors and Disney refuses to release it to the home market in the USA. More information can be found on the Urban Legen Reference Pages.
|Uncle Remus History||Ethnology Research Project of the
University of Virginia; contains more Uncle Remus stories
(If you follow this link use your
browser's back button to return here.)
Book cover is that of the first publication of Legends
of the Old Plantation, 1880.
Photo of Harris adapted from: Joel Chandler Harris (1892) and his wife, Esther La Rose Harris (1874). Taken from Joel Chandler Harris: A Biography by Paul Cousins (1968).
The background music is the Oscar winning song from Walt Disney's Song of the South,
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, lyrics by Ray Gilbert,
music by Allie Wrubel.
Midi file courtesty of Laura's MIDI Heaven.