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.
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The segment "Aquarela do Brasil" reportedly started as a combination of ideas from different members of the staff of the studio. Artist Mary Blair was inspired by her visit to Rio de Janeiro to create watercolor paintings of the city. They were reportedly visually stunning and fit to use in a film, but too abstract to base a story on them. Meanwhile, part of the story crew wanted to develop another Donald Duck story, and other artists were developing character designs based on a trained Brazilian parrot called Sonia. All three concepts were used in the segment, with Blair's watercolors as the basis for the scenery, Donald as a co-star, and the parrot designs used for co-star José Carioca. See more
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.
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
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 & 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
Escravos de Jó
[Sung during carnaval sequence] See more