Hallmark Cancels Release of Mickey Mouse Disney Ornament that Plays “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”
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As Disney continues to reckon with its past, Hallmark has cancelled the release of a Mickey Mouse ornament that was supposed to play “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”
The ornament, designed by Nello Williams, featured Mickey playing a xylophone rendered in the style of vintage toys. When the crank on the side is turned, a rendition of the song, from the 1946 film Song of the South, would be heard.
Hallmark has removed it from its listings, though retailer Debby’s Hallmark still has it up and marked as “Canceled Release – Not Available.”
A WDWNT reader sent in this screenshot of the cancelled item on Hallmark’s website, which retailed for $29.99, and was supposed to be released July 11th along with other Disney ornaments.
Though it’s not been available from Disney in decades, the company has recently made efforts to remove the last references from Song of the South, which has been accused of whitewashing the horrors of slavery, from its theme parks. It’s been publicly announced that Splash Mountain, based on characters from the film, will be replaced at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom with an attraction themed to The Princess and the Frog, with the attraction’s “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah-Day” game recently removed from the Disney Parks Play app. “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” has also been removed from the background music loops at the Disneyland Resort. Disney issued a statement on the removal, saying “The removal of the song from Downtown Disney’s background music is part of a continuous process to deliver an environment that features stories that are relevant and inclusive.”
Splash Mountain is currently expected to stay open at Tokyo Disneyland, which will soon be the last place in the world to ride the attraction, and possibly the last link to the controversial film.
Keep reading WDWNT for any updates on this ongoing story.