Splash Mountain, a Disney Theme park is undergoing a design change in response to complaints about its association with the film Song of the South. Disney announced in a statement on Thursday the new theme is inspired by an all-time favorite animated Disney film “The Princess and the Frog.
More than 20,000 people signed an online petition on Change.org asking the company to change the ride’s theme from “Song of the South” to “Princess and the Frog.”While the statement made clear that Splash Mountain will be redesigned in Disneyland and Disney World, it did not mention the version of the ride that exists in Tokyo.
Former Disney CEO Bob Iger has stated that music of the South, whose characters are depicted inside the animation portion of the ride, is “now not appropriate in today’s international.” Iger said in March that the movie, which mixes stay-action and animation factors and is ready on a Georgia plantation after the Civil warfare, could now not be blanketed at the business enterprise’s Disney platform.
In 1946, when the film was released by Disney, the NAACP strongly disapproved of the film, saying that “in an effort neither to offend audiences in the North or South, the production helps to perpetuate a dangerously glorified picture of slavery unfortunately gives the impression of an idyllic master-slave relationship which is a distortion of the facts.”
In Disney’s statement, spokesman Michael Ramirez said that the re-theming of Splash Mountain had been in the works since last year, but nodded to its relevance to discussions of race in America.