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6.23.2014

Disney Project - Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros

The next two movies up in the Disney Project are Saludos Amigos from 1943 and The Three Caballeros from 1944. Both movies were made to highlight Latin and South America to try and garner goodwill between the US and these countries during the war years.
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First up, Saludos Amigos, which is another Disney film made up of a collection of segments rather than a full length feature. The first features Donald Duck vacationing at Lake Titicaca. The second a story about a little Chilean mail plane named Pedro. Next up is a Goofy story telling the history of the Argentine gaucho. Finally, Donald Duck makes a new friend Jose Carioca (the green parrot) from Brazil.

They're all cute enough cartoons, but so different from the Disney movies we're used to now.  I liked the Pedro and Goofy stories best. The Donald Duck segments were a mix of real people and cartoon, and I'm not a huge fan of that style. The most interesting thing for me was learning the origin of gaucho pants.
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The Three Caballeros is pretty much a continuation of Saludos Amigos...same style, same region. This film is broken into seven segments though - 1) a penguin who vacations in Argentina, 2) a little boy from Uruguay and his flying donkey, 3) Donald and Jose sing about Baia, 4) a group of Mexican children re-enacting the story of Mary and Joseph looking for an inn, 5) Donald, Jose and a new character Panchito Pistoles (a rooster) tour Mexico on a flying sarape, 6) Donald falls in love with a live action woman who sings a song, 7) the finale featuring mostly music and Donald navigating through weird kaleidoscope cartoons.

After just watching Saludos Amigos I was sort of over this concept, so I didn't really enjoy this one as much as the other. I felt it just dragged on and on. Plus, I'm really just not that big a Donald Duck fan.

All in all, I probably won't watch these again. If your kids are little, they may enjoy it. It's good to just have going in the background while they're playing. If your kids are older, they'll probably find both these films dated and sort of dull.  Sorry, Disney, you know I love ya, but they can't all be winners.


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