Walt Disney Heads South of the Border
Walt Disney was in a tight spot: aside from surprise hit "Dumbo," his last couple of films ("Pinocchio" and "Fantasia") had been financial disasters that showed no signs of ever making the studio back their costs. The financial pressure was intensified because the usual solution of recovering costs through overseas distribution in Europe was impossible because of a little matter known as World War II. Nobody knew how long that little problem would last. Not only that, Disney's workers were threatening to unionize and had even gone on strike. The way forward was unclear, as it was expensive to create an animated feature film and, quite frankly, Walt didn't have the money.
|Donald Duck reasoning with his llama.|
|Goofy as a Gaucho.|
|Pedro overcomes a lot to deliver his mail.|
|The animators don't like the competition.|
|A young Walt Disney studies up on South America.|
|"Saludos Amigos" was very popular in Latin America.|
Below is the original "Saludos Amigos" trailer, and also a very nicely restored copy of the "Aquarela do Brasil" dance.