The song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" was featured in the 1946 Disney film "Song of the South" and received an Academy Award in 1947. The Uncle Remus character, played by James Baskett, sang "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" in the film.
In 2009, Time magazine listed "Song of the South" as one of the Disney Company's top 10 controversies. The film takes place in the post-Civil War South and features an ex-slave, Uncle Remus, telling stories about Br'er Rabbit to children. According to Time, the NAACP considers the film to be racist because of its controversial display of an "idyllic" relationship between slaves and masters, which Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. described as an "insult to American minorities."