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“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” from Song of the South


      “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” is a song from the 1946 half animated, half live action Disney film, Song of the South. It was composed by Allie Wrubel, and lyrics were written by Ray Gilbert. “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” is one of many songs that incorporate the use of a bluebird. Bluebirds are said to be symbolic of happiness and fulfillment. In 1948, Song of the South won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” Although Song of the South has essentially been banned from the Disney canon, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” is one element of the film that is still well-known today. For years, it was part of the theme song for the television program, Wonderful World of Disney, but the most notable use of this classic tune is on Splash Mountain in Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Tokyo Disney.

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