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• Original Theatrical Trailers: Saludos Amigos (1942); The Three Caballeros (1944)
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As a bonus, you'll find a fold-out printed timeline showing what was occurring during World War II and what was happening at Disney during the same time. Very interesting piece.
Extras also include:
* Audio Commentary -- With director Theodore Thomas and historian J.B. Kaufman.Read more ›
"Walt & El Grupo, The Untold Adventures", is the story of Walt, Lily (his wife) and "The Group" of 16 hand-picked artists and support personnel, during a relatively unknown trip to South America in 1941. It was the genesis of the two "Good Neighbor" movies, "Saludos Amigos" and "The Three Caballeros."
1941 was a particularly hard year for Walt. After the successes of Snow White and Pinnochio, he had a semi-failure with Fantasia in 1940,and as work was being completed on Dumbo in 1941, union organizers struck the Disney Company.
At the same time, WWII in Europe was raging, and he lost the financing of many of the European banks he was working with, leaving the studio (and Walt) over 4 million dollars in debt.
Also during the same time, the US Government was worried about the Nazi influence down in South America, especially in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. They sent a number of "Good Will Ambassadors" to South America, to try and win over the people and away from Nazi Germany. Many weren't successful.
They asked Walt to do a trip, but declined, he didn't want to go down to South America just to shake hands. But then, this *was* the State Department watching a war in Europe, so they offered additional incentives, including taking a number of people to do research for future movies as well as the underwriting of those movies.
Add up those three events, and Walt was on a 10-week adventure below the equator. (Okay, mostly below the equator.) That's what this documentary is about.Read more ›
What makes this disc a must-have, though, is that it includes an UNEDITED version of SALUDOS AMIGOS. Bring on the cigarettes!
Tons of color footage was shot during the course of the Disney visit, which is generously on display in the documentary. There are also many interviews with surviving family members of the original group that traveled with Walt, and they're often seen reading letters that the animators wrote home telling of their many adventures in South America (Rio de Janeiro was a particular favorite of the Disney employees).
Two successful animated productions came out of the trip: "The Three Cabellaros" and "Saludos Amigos". The latter is included among the bonus features, though I'm afraid it's the edited version that removes the sequence of Goofy- dressed as a gaucho- sucking on a cigarette for an extended period of time. No matter, don't let that dissuade you from enjoying this great DVD.
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As a fan of Latin American history (especially Brazil) and a fan of Disney and animation, this was an excellent documentary. I would recommend it if you are a history and Disney. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Alannah
I found this to be a very interesting, informative film about a period of the Walt Disney company that has usually gone unnoticed.Published 11 months ago by Michael D. Fraley