There was actually a number of progressive elements to the film for the time
but yeah, there's a whoooole lot about it that's problematic.
Originally Posted by Singing in the Drizzle
Defiantly a racist film,whites are rich and do not spend time with their children rising them, with some becoming uncivilized brats. Then we see blacks as poor, have strong families and communities with their children learning good moral values.
It was those stories about Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox that turned Johnny into an uncivilized Brat, stealing that puppy and lying about it. Miss Sally had to have words with Uncle Remus over that and order him not to tell Johnny any more stories. Uncle Remus was mighty
Originally Posted by Furienna
I guess that many people don't understand that it took place after slavery was abolished, so that Uncle Remus was a free man. But still...
The movie makes a few oblique references that it's set in the Reconstruction era but the former slaves are so ridiculously obsequious and servile to the plantation owners that many people assumed it was set pre- Civil War.
The fact that they were all perfectly happy to stay and do the same work on the plantation really feeds into that whole "But some slave owners treated their slaves well and it was a pretty good life for many of them" slippery slope argument that always seems to be brought up by pro-South history revisionists.