Saludos Amigos

1943 animated film by Walt Disney

Saludos Amigos is a 1943 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.

Saludos Amigos
Directed byNorman Ferguson
Wilfred Jackson
Jack Kinney
Hamilton Luske
Bill Roberts
Written byHomer Brightman
William Cottrell
Dick Huemer
Joe Grant
Harry Reeves
Ted Sears
Webb Smith
Roy Williams
Ralph Wright
Produced byWalt Disney
StarringLee Blair
Mary Blair
Pinto Colvig
Walt Disney
Norman Ferguson
Frank Graham
Clarence Nash
José Oliviera
Fred Shields
Frank Thomas
Music by
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
February 6, 1943
Running time
43 minutes

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.



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").

Titles in other languages

  • Chinese: 致候吾友
  • Dutch: Saludos Amigos
  • Finnish: Oppituniti
  • French: Saludos Amigos
  • German: Saludos Amigos (also known as Die Drei Caballeros Im Sambafieber)
  • Italian: Saludos Amigos
  • Japanese: ラテン・アメリカの旅 (Raten Amerika no Tabi, Journey to the Latin America)
  • Norwegian: Saludos Amigos
  • Portuguese: Alô, Amigos
  • Spanish: Saludos Amigos
  • Swedish: Saludos Amigos (also known as Kalle Anka och Långben i Sydamerika)


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