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Saludos Amigos (1942)

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Disney animators tour South America and present four animated shorts inspired by their trip.

Writers:

Ted Sears (story research), William Cottrell (story research) | 7 more credits »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Shields ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
José Oliveira José Oliveira ... José Carioca (voice)
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Storyline

Live-action segments show members of the Disney staff touring South America and recording their impressions in sketches. These segue into four animated sections: "Lake Titicaca" depicts tourist Donald Duck's troubles with a stubborn llama; "Pedro" tells of a little mail plane's adventures flying over the treacherous Andes; "El Gaucho Goofy" transplants an American cowboy into the Argentine pampas; and in "Aquarela do Brasil," Jose Carioca shows Donald the sights and sounds of Rio de Janiero. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Taglines:

Walt Disney goes South American in his gayest musical Technicolor feature See more »


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

6 February 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hello Friends See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While the film's animated sequences were well-received at the time and still have a decent reputation, film historians have suggested that it was the film's live-action documentary sequences which had the most impact on American culture. They featuring footage of modern Latin American cities with skyscrapers and fashionably dressed residents. This went against the then-current perception of the American audience that Latin America was a culturally backwards area, predominately rural, and mostly inhabited by poorly-dressed peasants. The film is credited with helping change the American perception of Latin America and its inhabitants. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Here's an unusual expedition: artists, musicians and writers setting out for a trip through Latin America to find new personalities, music and dances for their cartoon films. So, adios, Hollywood, and saludos, amigos.
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Crazy Credits

The end title on current Buena Vista prints has the "The End - A Walt Disney Production" text seen on Disney's animated shorts. See more »

Alternate Versions

The initial DVD release removes a scene where Goofy is seen smoking a cigarette and blowing smoke rings. It was finally released completely uncensored for historical purposes on the Blu-ray release and as a bonus on the DVD release of Walt &amp; El Grupo. (Uncensored, but not the original version: on the Grupo DVD the RKO distribution card which dissolves into the Disney card has been replaced with the later Buena Vista distribution card, which fades to black and then the Disney card a little later than the dissolve. It's also in 5.1 sound instead of mono. On the Blu-ray release, neither the RKO distribution card nor the later Buena Vista distribution card wasn't used at all and just began with the Disney card.) The collector's edition laserdisc is uncensored with the original logos and mono sound. See more »


Soundtracks

Saludos Amigos
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Music by Charles Wolcott
Sung during the opening credits
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User Reviews

Historical Disney - not much else unless you're a devotee
10 December 2007 | by nycruise-1See all my reviews

This more than any other film shows the plight of the Disney studio in the years following "Snow White" and "Pinocchio".

WWII had broken out, cutting off Disney's European market. In addition, striking cartoonists and their formation of a guild/union meant that the massive about of labor needed to create a "Snow White" or a "Pinocchio" now amounted to a substantially higher production cost then either of those two films (which had not been cheap to begin with).

Thus, Disney was trying to explore new ways to both package his product for another market, as well as develop new product.

They released this movie and capitalized on the then-popular South American craze. Now, however, it looks dated.

You can still it watch it though and see the genesis for several of Disney's later films: "The Three Caballeros" and the whole "How-To" Goofy series are the most obvious.


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