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
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) August 24, 1942
Running time 43 minutes
Language English and Portuguese

Saludos Amigos is a 1942 movie that takes place in Latin America, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The sixth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, 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 movie premiered in Rio de Janeiro on August 24, 1942. It was released in the United States on February 6, 1943. It got mixed reviews and was only rereleased once, in 1949, when it was shown on a double bill with the first rerelease of Dumbo.

Its title in Spanish means, "Hello, Friends". This was the first Disney animated feature to be shown in South America before it was shown in the USA. At 42 minutes, this is the shortest Disney feature to date.

Segments[change | change source]

The movie features four different parts, or segments. Each of them begin with different clips of the Disney artists roaming the country drawing cartoons of some of the local cultures and scenery:

  • Pedro involves the title character, a small airplane from Chile, in his very first flight to pick up air mail from Mendoza, with almost disastrous results.
  • In El Gaucho Goofy, American cowboy Goofy gets taken mysteriously to the Uruguayan pampas to learn the ways of the native gaucho. This segment was later edited for the movie's video release, to get rid of one scene of Goofy smoking a cigarette.[1]
  • Aquarela do Brasil (or "Watercolor of Brazil"), the finale of the movie, involves a brand-new character, José Carioca, showing Donald Duck around South America and introducing him to the samba (to the tunes of "Brazil" and "Tico-Tico no Fubá").

Cast[change | change source]

Worldwide release dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 Brazil 24 August 1942
 Argentina 6 October 1942
 United States 6 February 1943
 Greece 13 June 1943
 United Kingdom 6 December 1943
 Australia 10 February 1944
 Portugal 8 April 1944
Republic of Ireland Ireland 19 May 1944
 Sweden 18 March 1946
 Italy 19 September 1946
 France 12 February 1947
 Hong Kong 18 December 1947
 Netherlands 27 August 1948
 Denmark 18 June 1949
 Norway 18 June 1949
 West Germany 17 March 1953
 Finland 17 April 1953
 Austria 26 March 1954
 Japan 15 March 1957
 South Korea 31 October 1959

Titles in other languages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. - Mehr als 4000 detaillierte Zensurberichte zu Filmen, Spielen, Comics, Serien und Musikvideos

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