A warm handshake or two, good friends always do.
Saludos Amigos! A new day's waiting to start.
You must feel it, wake up and greet it with a gay
song in your heart!
Released in 1942 (in Brazil, released in 1943 in the States)
, Saludos Amigos
) is the 6th Movie in the Disney Animated Canon
In a time during World War II
, Disney was sent to South America
to create a movie as a gesture of good will (read up on The Good Neighbor Policy
for more information on that). The plan was initially to simply release a series of shorts, but when it was worried that a specific short would only be popular in the country it was about, it was decided to package several together in a feature film. The end result is Saludos Amigos
, a movie split apart into 4 distinct shorts:
- Lake Titicaca has Donald Duck visiting the eponymous lake and doing the whole tourist thing, renting a musically trained Llama to help him get around.
- Pedro documents the story of a small plane named Pedro making his first trip to deliver mail between Chile and Mendoza.
- El Gaucho Goofy compares the American Cowboy with the South American Gaucho. Goofy is put into the role of Gaucho, and he learns the basics. Being Goofy, Hilarity Ensues.
- Aquarela do Brasil (Watercolour of Brazil) features the scenery of Brazil, as they are painted in by an artist in watercolour. The film features Donald Duck, and introduces the parrot José Carioca (Or Joe Carioca, as the Narrator and Donald call himnote ), from Rio de Janeiro. José shows Donald around town, and teaches him about Samba. Bizarrely, the song "Aquarela do Brasil" is featured prominently in Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil
The shorts are tied together with a live-action documentary, showing the Disney artists' trip around South America, showing their experiences and drawings, and the inspiration for the shorts that follow. The movie is also the shortest to be produced by Disney, running at only 43 minutes, live action segments included, and just barely qualifying as a feature film (which have to be longer than 40 minutes).
During the trip, Disney and his artists apparently came up with about 12 unused ideas for shorts about Latin America. One of them would later become Blame it on the Samba
, a short used for the movie Melody Time
The film went over quite well in Latin America (although a few Chileans felt they got the short end of the stick, as Pedro
really only focuses on the fact that Chile is next to Argentina) which led to Walt creating a follow-up film, The Three Caballeros
. A documentary about the original trip, Walt and El Grupo
was released in 2009.
This film provides examples of: