Saludos Amigos 1943

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Disney's sixth animated feature is a mix of live action and cartoons, in which old favourites Donald Duck and Goofy set off on a South American journey of discovery. Donald has trouble with a stubborn llama, Goofy tries his hand at being a cowboy, and their parrot friend Jose Carioca tours the sites of Rio de Janiero.

Starring:
Frank Graham
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 40 minutes
Starring Frank Graham
Director Hamilton Luske, Norman Ferguson, Jack Kinney
Studio WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO
Rental release 12 August 2002
Main languages English

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov 2002
Format: DVD
Although not one of the most well known of the Disney films this film is one of the classics and rightly so. It is not as long as a standard film, only 40 minutes but it is still as entertaining. The film is split into four main sections to tell four stories all about south America. The film was made in the early 1940's during the second world war as the war had cut off a lot of oversea markets and so this alonh with the feature "The Three Caballeros" was made to bring in some profit and to add to relations with South America.
The first segment sees Donald Duck exploring Lake Titticaca and trying to get to grip with native traditions. The second segment sees Goffy as El Gaucho Goofy a sort of south american cowboy and he has to get to grips with his horse. In the next section, we see a story about Pedro the mail plane who has to brave the mountains in order to get the mail through. The final sequence is the first appearance of José carioca, a character who would go on to star in many more films and cartoons including "The Three Caballeros. He teaches Donald about the music of Latin America. The DVD comes with another theatrical film released to theatres a 30 minute documentary of the film was made with footage from the research trip.
This film is known as a "Package Film" as it is made up from segments and was one of many released during the wartime as they were easier and cheaper to produce and they are often forgotten because they are"package films", but I have found that many of these films contain the best stories animation special effects and gags.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Saludos Amigos was inspired by the Disney studio's trip toSouth America in 1941.... The movie includes some live footage showing Disney and his staff doing sketches during the trip. There are four main parts in the movie - Lake Titicaca (an under-average Donald Duck short), Pedro (a nice story about a mail plane), El Gaucho Goofy (a quite funny short where Goofy learns how to be a gaucho) and Aquarela do Brazil (where a brush paints the backgrounds as Donald Duck and a parrot called Joe Carioca visit Rio de Janerio). Saludos Amigos' running time just over 40 minutes which makes it Disney's shortest "feature". The picture quality and the colours are very well restored, though a scene where Goofy smokes a cigar has been deleted, which might upset Disney collectors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin Allen on 8 Mar 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is Disney's 6th animated classic, although it's doesn't have the number 6 band on the spine, so if you need this look elsewhere.
It does come with 100 Disney reward points.
This is hardly a 'classic' more a live motion holiday planning documentary with a few unfunny cartoons included. Not really for kids and the quality is like VHS quality on an HD TV.
The price has hovered around the £4 mark for the last three years of it's release time.
You'll need this for your 50 DVD Disney set. There is a very interesting 30 minute bonus documentary of Walt Disney's team visit to South America.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Dec 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
At little more than 40 minutes Saludos Amigos barely even qualifies as a feature film, although it was in many ways a pivotal development in the Walt Disney studio's output. Having taken a financial beating with the initial releases of Pinocchio, Dumbo and Fantasia and with the war closing off many foreign markets, Disney came up with the idea of compilation films, cost-effectively stringing animated shorts with a common theme that were originally intended to be released separately together with live action footage, enabling him to bring in proven box-office stars like Donald Duck and Goofy without the huge risk of full-length animated features.

Saludos was one of two films that came out of a trip the US government asked him to make to South America, ostensibly bringing a group of animators to look for inspiration on a goodwill tour as part of the Good Neighbor policy but also to gather intelligence to dissuade those neighbors from siding with the Nazis. In return, the government would underwrite the cost of the trip and give the ailing and strikebound studio federal loan guarantees so they could continue production. If the films were afterthoughts - and most look it - the format would stand him in good stead throughout the 40s and also act as a model for his later TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.

Combining mute 16mm color footage of Walt and the animators on tour, reconstructions shot at the airport and four animated shorts, it's unapologetically a glorified travelogue, with Donald even turning up as a tourist at Lake Titicaca underlining the guided tour nature of the film. Along the way we get to meet Pedro, a baby mail plane on the intimidating Andes run and see Goofy trying his hand a being a Gaucho, linked by animated maps tracing the animators progress.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
In 1942 with the lucrative European market lost because of war Disney could not afford lavish animated features like Snow White and Bambi and turned to a series of popular versions of Fantasia with a Latin American flavour embedding live footage within the animation.
Therefore looking at “Saludos Amigos” as current entertainment one asks “what the hell!” but take an historical perspective, sixty four years ago there was no television, no cheap travel, therefore the material in this film would have been novel to the audiences.
The film is notable for the introduction of Jose Carioca and plots his development.
However the accompanying filmed record of the research trip by the Disney studio to South America is fascinating, was this generally released I wonder. I provides a real insight into the Disney machine in operation and great footage of the interior of a propeller airliner (DC7?). The washed out quality of the colour puzzled me at first, then I realised it was almost certainly filmed on 16mm with very early colour stock. For me this documentary is the reason for owning the DVD.
For those of us with an historical outlook it is intriguing, for others best avoided and almost certainly will not be appreciated by the children.
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