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Aquarela do Brasil (1942)

The title translates to "Watercolor of Brazil", and that's how it starts: with a paintbrush rendering the flora and fauna of Brazil (which oddly overlap) in water colors. A flower becomes ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
José Oliveira José Oliveira ... José Carioca (voice)


The title translates to "Watercolor of Brazil", and that's how it starts: with a paintbrush rendering the flora and fauna of Brazil (which oddly overlap) in water colors. A flower becomes Donald Duck, who is soon joined by the very cool parrot José Carioca, who introduces Donald to the city, the language, a local cafe, and - inadvertently - a drunken bee. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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English | Portuguese

Also Known As:

Donalds Abenteuer in Brasilien See more »

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Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


José Carioco is not only called Joe by Donald but has yet another name - he is known as Zé in original Brazilian Portuguese. See more »


Edited into The Magical World of Disney: Two Happy Amigos (1960) See more »


Aquarela do Brasil
Music by Ary Barroso
Performed by Aloysio de Oliveira (as Aloysio Oliveira)
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Brazilian impressionism
2 June 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always absolutely adored Disney, all my life pretty much. Same goes for animation. Donald Duck is one of their greatest creations and one of my all-time favourite cartoon characters, am also very familiar with his teaming with Jose (from them being two of the Three Caballeros) and like them very much together. Despite having never been to Brazil personally, really do want to go though at some point, have seen it many times in film and television and its look and its ambience are so wonderful.

While not a Disney high point, 'Aquarela do Brasil', presenting an impressionistic watercolour view of Brazil, is still pure joy. It is much fun to watch and is just so vibrant and colourful, two of the best words to describe anything. Anybody who loves animation, Brazil or both should find a lot to like, even love, about 'Aquarela do Brasil'. With the world going through such a dark time in history at the time of the cartoon being made and released, seeing something to uplift and relax must have been something of a welcome distraction.

'Aquarela do Brasil' is a slight cartoon in terms of story, not really much of one at all actually. Also found the ending on the abrupt side.

The animation however has an immense charm and beauty, full of bounce and vibrancy which perfectly reflects Brazil itself. The use of the paintbrush is imaginative. Also absolutely loved the music, the catchy and upbeat rhythms and the exotic instrumentation make one want to get up and dance or sing (or both) along, regardless of how good one's dancing and singing is.

Laugh out loud a minute 'Aquarela do Brasil may not be, but it is amusing and it is also very nostalgic and affectionate. The exotic and nostalgic atmosphere of Brazil is nailed. Donald is as ever a compelling and funny presence, one would think he would be out of sorts in this setting but actually he fits perfectly within it, in a situation (not being able to understand Portugese) that clearly frustrates and worries him which is a big part of his character and the catalyst for his trademark temper. Jose is both suave and witty, and their chemistry drives 'Aquarela do Brasil' beautifully. Jose Oliviera and Clarence Nash embody the characters.

In conclusion, a joy. 9/10

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