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  • The Danza: José's voice actor is named José do Patrocinio Oliveira, also known as "Zé Carioca."
  • Dub Name Change: In Brazil, José is known as Zé Carioca, with "Zé" being a diminutive form of José. In the Dutch and other European adaptations, he is known as Joe Carioca.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: For decades, this movie seemed hard to find, especially compared to The Three Caballeros. While Caballeros was eventually released on VHS, Saludos Amigos remained legally unavailable until 1995, when it was released on laserdisc. It was released on VHS and DVD in 2000, albeit censored. An uncensored version had to wait 10 more years to be released, appearing as a bonus feature for the documentary Walt & El Grupo. It is also available in full and uncensored on Disney+.
  • What Could Have Been: This is by far the shortest Disney Animated Feature, being less than 45 minutes long (keep in mind a film has to be over 40 minutes to count as a feature film). It should have been a bit longer, though—a live-action segment about a Brazilian zoo, followed by the cartoon Pluto and the Armadillo (which was not finished in time for the theatrical release, and eventually released separately a few years later), were planned for inclusion but ultimately cut; they would have made the film one hour long.
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    • One scrapped follow-up short was titled A Brazilian Symphony: Caxanga, directed by Wilfred Jackson, which focused on Donald and Goofy learning to play caxanga, a Brazilian game played with matchboxes, with José. It was fully storyboarded and had some brief rough pencil tests done for it, and Clarence Nash even recorded all his dialogue as Donald. The short mainly focused on Donald being unable to get "Escravos de Jó", the song that accompanies the game, out of his head. It can be seen in full here.
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