Saludos Amigos

1943 animated film by Walt Disney

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.

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 byOliver Wallace
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
August 24, 1942
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.

Segments change

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

Worldwide release dates change

Country Premiere
  Brazil August 24, 1942
  Argentina October 6, 1942
  United States February 6, 1943
  Greece June 13, 1943
  United Kingdom December 6, 1943
  Australia February 10, 1944
  Portugal April 8, 1944
  Ireland May 19, 1944
  Sweden March 18, 1946
  Italy September 19, 1946
  France February 12, 1947
  Hong Kong December 18, 1947
  Netherlands August 27, 1948
  Denmark June 18, 1949
  Norway June 18, 1949
  Argentina in   Chile December 1, 1950
  West Germany March 17, 1953
  Finland April 17, 1953
  Austria March 26, 1954
  Japan March 15, 1957
  South Korea October 31, 1959

Titles in other languages change

  • 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)

References change

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