Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., has eliminated the Oscar-winning basic “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” from its twice-daily “Magic Happens” parade, which was relaunched on Feb. 24 following a three-year, pandemic-triggered hiatus. The park has changed the earworm with a tune from Peter Pan.
“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” originated within the 1946 movie Music of the South. The film was primarily based on a collection of quick tales by Joel Chandler Harris centered on Uncle Remus, a Black man within the Reconstruction period who spoke nostalgically a few time when issues had been higher. That will presumably be a time when slavery was authorized.
In 2020, Bob Iger, then-chairman of Disney, advised stockholders the movie was “just not appropriate in today’s world.”
Within the Forties, when there was a lot much less sensitivity to race points than there may be right now, the movie was seen in a special gentle. The Academy of Movement Image Arts & Sciences introduced James Baskett, the actor who performed Uncle Remus, with a particular Oscar “for his able and heart-warming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and storyteller to the children of the world in Walt Disney’s Song of the South.”
Disneyland had beforehand introduced plans to reimagine Splash Mountain, a well-liked experience that options photos and themes from Music of the South. The experience stays open, but it surely closed at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., in January. Each rides are scheduled to be overhauled to incorporate photos, characters and themes from The Princess and the Frog, a 2009 movie that featured Disney’s first Black princess, Tiana, who was voiced as an grownup by future Tony winner Anika Noni Rose.
“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” was the second tune from a Disney movie to obtain an Oscar for greatest authentic tune, following “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio. The tune was composed by a person named Allie Wrubel, with lyrics by Ray Gilbert.
“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” was a well-liked tune in 1947, with hit variations by Johnny Mercer, Sammy Kaye and The Modernaires with Paula Kelly. Mercer carried out the tune on the Academy Awards in March 1948 in tandem with The Pied Pipers, a high vocal group which included Jo Stafford.
Producer Phil Spector revived the tune 15 years later in a soul- and rock-infused model he produced by Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Denims. That group featured Bobby Sheen, who took the stage identify Bob B. Soxx, and backing vocalists Darlene Love and Fanita James, each of whom had been additionally members of the woman group the Blossoms. Their model reached No. 8 on the Billboard Scorching 100 in January 1963.
“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” ranks No. 47 on the 2004 record AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs. Music of the South was amongst 180 movies nominated
for the 2006 record AFI’s Best Film Musicals, but it surely didn’t make the 25-deep record.
The Los Angeles Occasions was first to report the information of the tune’s elimination from the “Magic Happens” parade.