Movie Review: Saludos Amigos

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Saludos Amigos Summary

This film features four different segments, each of which begin with various clips of the Disney artists roaming the country, drawing cartoons of some of the local cultures and scenery.

Lake Titicaca

In this segment, American tourist Donald Duck visits Lake Titicaca in Peru and meets some of the locals, including an obstinate llama.

Pedro

Pedro is about a small anthropomorphic airplane from an airport near Santiago, Chile, engaging in his first flight to retrieve air mail from Mendoza, with disastrous consequences. He manages to safely return to the airfield with the mail, which happens to be a single postcard. RKO Pictures released this particular segment as a theatrical short on May 13, 1955.

Chilean cartoonist René Ríos Boettiger (known popularly as “Pepo”) was disappointed with how the character Pedro represented his country. In response, he developed the character Condorito, who went on to become one of the most iconic comic magazine characters in Latin America.

El Gaucho Goofy

In this segment, American cowboy Goofy gets taken from Texas to the Argentinian pampas by the Narrator to learn the ways of the native gaucho. This segment was later edited for the film’s Gold Classic Collection VHS/DVD release to remove one scene in which Goofy is shown smoking a cigarette. This edit appears again on the Classic Caballeros Collection DVD. This sequence has since been restored as the unedited version has been much requested. The fully unedited version is available as a bonus feature on the Walt & El Grupo DVD release and fully unedited and restored on Saludos Amigos And The Three Caballeros 75th Anniversary Edition 2-Movie CollectionBlu-Ray. When the film was released on Disney’s streaming platform Disney+, the edited version of the sequence was used despite disclaimers of the film being presented in its original format with “outdated cultural depictions” and tobacco usage, but it has since been changed to the unedited version.

Aquarela do Brasil

Aquarela do Brasil (Portuguese for “Watercolor of Brazil”), the finale of the film, involves a brand-new character, José Carioca from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, showing Donald Duck around South America, having a drink of cachaça with him and introducing him to the samba

Saludos Amigos Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A fun and musical compilation taking us through South America.

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