Saludos Amigos

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Saludos Amigos
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
Starring Lee Blair
Mary Blair
Pinto Colvig
Walt Disney
Norman Ferguson
Frank Graham
Clarence Nash
José Oliviera
Fred Shields
Frank Thomas
Release date(s) 1942
Running time 43 minutes
Language English and Spanish
Followed by The Three Caballeros (1944)
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Saludos Amigos ("Alô, Amigos" in Portuguese) is a 1942 animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. 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 for a sequel, The Three Caballeros, to be produced two years later. The film premiered in Rio de Janeiro on August 24, 1942. It was released in the United States on February 6, 1943. It garnered mixed reviews and was only reissued once, in 1949, when it was shown on a double bill with the first reissue of Dumbo.

According to Jack Haley Jr.'s documentary Life Goes To War, the United States Department of State commissioned this movie during World War II to be shown in Central and South America to build up relations with the Latin American populace. Several governments had close ties with Nazi Germany (e.g. Argentina) and the most popular US figure there was Mickey Mouse.


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This film features four different segments, each of which beginning with various clips of the Disney artists roaming the country drawing up cartoon drawings of some of the local cultures and scenery:

  • Pedro involved the title character, a small airplane from Chile, engage in his very first flight and pick up air mail from Mendoza, with near disastrous results.
  • El Gaucho Goofy had Goofy, an American cowboy, gets taken mysteriously to the Argentine pampas to learn the ways of the native gaucho. This segment was later edited for the film's video release to remove one scene of Goofy smoking a cigarette.
  • Aquarela do Brasil (or "Watercolor of Brazil"), the finale of the film, involved a brand-new character, José Carioca, showing Donald Duck around South America and introduce him to the samba (to the tunes of "Brazil" and "Tico Tico").

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  • It is the first Disney film to have a sequel, The Three Caballeros in 1944.
  • The film's title is Spanish for "Hello, Friends" (more literally, "Greetings, Friends").
  • This was the first Disney Animated feature to be shown in South America before it was screened in the USA.
  • At 42 minutes, this is the shortest Disney feature to date.
  • The title song for this movie makes a brief appearance in its follow-up, The Three Caballeros, as underscoring.
  • The title song was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1943. It became Disney's fourth to do so. (It lost to the song "You'll Never Know" from Hello, Frisco, Hello.)
  • Gaucho is the denomination for cowboys in South America Pampa region.
  • The DVD release has been edited to current cultural attitudes towards animated family films. There is a scene in which Goofy is sitting, dressed as a cowboy. He tips his hat then inhales from a cigarette and then exhales smoke before he is suddenly pulled away. The DVD features him tipping his hat and then sitting still with his arm extended. [1]
2000 DVD cover of Saludos Amigos.
2000 DVD cover of Saludos Amigos.
  • Chilean comic book artist René Ríos (a.k.a. Pepo) was irritated that Chile was represented only by the airplane Pedro and so created his best known character Condorito as an answer to the film.

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Preceded by
Walt Disney Pictures
Succeeded by
The Three Caballeros