Beginning with the early musical short features he created, such as "Silly Symphonies," Walt Disney began a tradition of publishing printed music for all the songs his musical films made popular. His firm eventually formed its own publishing house and then even its own record company to continue this practice. Disney's sheet music was typically simple to learn and play, which made it more appealing to his generally young audiences.
In 1946, Disney produced "Song of the South," the first Disney film to feature live actors, which were blended with typical Disney animated characters. The film featured actor James Baskett as (presumably) a former slave in post-reconstruction Georgia, telling children the tales of anthropomorphic animals in the "Br'er Rabbit" series by author Joel Chandler Harris. The film was called racist then, and many still consider it racist. For this reason, it has never been released, in its entirety, to home video.