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Saludos Amigos
Saludos Amigos-picture dvd
Original theatrical release poster
Film information
Directed by: Norman Ferguson
Wilfred Jackson
Jack Kinney
Hamilton Luske
Bill Roberts
Produced by: Walt Disney
Written by: Homer Brightman
William Cottrell
Dick Huemer
Joe Grant
Harry Reeves
Ted Sears
Webb Smith
Roy Williams
Ralph Wright
Music by: Edward H. Plumb
Paul J. Smith
Studio: Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by: RKO Radio Pictures
Buena Vista Distribution
Release Date(s): August 24th, 1942 (Rio de Janeiro)
February 6th, 1943 (United States)
Running time: 42 minutes
Language: English
Portuguese
Preceded by: Bambi
Followed by: The Three Caballeros

Saludos Amigos is the sixth full-length animated feature film in the Disney animated features canon, released in 1942. It is the first of the six Disney "Package films" made during the 1940s, when many members of the production staff were drafted into World War II. Due to this decrease in resources, the company could not afford to make feature-length stories during this time and instead produced films composed of multiple shorter segments. Set in Latin America, it is made up of four different segments; Donald Duck stars in two of them and Goofy stars in one. It also features the first appearance of José Carioca.

Saludos Amigos was popular enough that Walt Disney decided to make a sequel, The Three Caballeros, to be produced two years later. The film was made partially because several Latin American governments had close ties with Nazi Germany, and the US government wanted to counteract those ties. Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters were popular in Latin America, and Walt Disney acted as ambassador.

Plot

A group of Disney animators make a goodwill trip to South America (this is documented in live-action). An animated segment details which places they visit.

Segments

  • Lake Titicaca: Donald Duck visits the famous real-life lake of Lake Titicaca, located at the border of Peru and Bolivia. He looks around, learns about the lake's traditions and makes a failed attempt at sailing a boat before setting off on a journey through the mountains atop a llama. He panicks when the llama is busy walking across a wooden suspended bridge, eventually resulting in his fall. He lands in a pottery shop, shattering some pots and taking others with him.
  • Pedro: A small anthropomorphic child-airplane, Pedro, lives in Chile with his mother and father, large airplanes who deliver mail. When both his parents are incapacitated due to technical defects, Pedro is forced to embark on his first journey in their place, picking up post from the city of Mendoza. His flight is perilous and dangerous and he is nearly killed in a storm on his way back, but manages to make it to Chile unscathed in the end.
  • El Gaucho Goofy: Goofy, re-imagined here as a Texan cowboy, is put to work as a gaucho in Argentina. He works together with a trickster horse as the narrator explains the life of the gaucho. Life as a gaucho for Goofy is strange, harsh and tiresome - not because of the living conditions, but mainly due to the antics of his horse. He is flown back to Texas in the end, to his gratitude.
  • Aquarela de Brasil: Disney animators begin drawing a beautifully rendered Brazilian jungle, where Donald Duck emerges from a flower at some point. While standing around, Donald sees the animator's pen drawing another figure: José Carioca. Joe takes Donald out of the jungle and into the city of Rio de Janeiro, where Donald accidentally drinks an incredibly spicy drink (thinking it was soda pop) before spending the night going out and dancing to the samba in Rio with Joe.


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Disney Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros Logos
Media
Saludos Amigos | Video | The Three Caballeros | Video | House of Mouse | Two Happy Amigos | A Present for Donald | South of the Border with Disney

Books and Comics: The Penguin That Hated the Cold | The Magnificent Seven (Minus 4) Caballeros | The Three Caballeros Ride Again | South of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948

Segments: El Gaucho Goofy | Aquarela do Brasil | Pedro | Lake Titicaca | The Cold-Blooded Penguin | The Flying Gauchito | Baía | Los Posadas | Mexico: Pátzcuaro, Veracuz and Acapulco | Donald's Surreal Reverie

Disney Parks
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros | It's a Small World | Mickey Mouse Revue

Restaurants: Mickey & Pals Market Café
Parade: Mickey's Soundsational Parade
Christmas: Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration | World of Color: Season of Light

Characters
Donald Duck | Goofy | José Carioca | Panchito Pistoles | Pedro | Mama Plane | Papa Plane | Aconcagua | Aracuan Bird | Burrito | Pablo and the Penguins | The Toy Bull | Flying Gauchito | Yaya

Guest Stars: Walt Disney | Frank Thomas | Lee Blair | Mary Blair | Norman Ferguson

Songs
The Three Caballeros | You Belong to My Heart | We Are The Three Caballeros | My Name is Panchito | Saludos Amigos
Locations
South America | Brazil | Mexico | Argentina | Chile | Peru | Uruguay
Deleted Concepts
The Laughing Gauchito | Caxanga | Cuban Carnival | The Hornero Bird | Blame It on the Samba | Aurora the Parrot | Miguelito Maracas



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Bambi The Three Caballeros

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