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Saludos Amigos - Disney Gold Classic Collection
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The movie premiered in Rio de Janeiro on August 24, 1942.
The first of two features Walt Disney made at the behest of the Office of Inter-American Affairs, Saludos Amigos consists of four cartoons linked by live-action travel footage. The very funny "Lake Titicaca" finds Donald Duck high in the Bolivian Andes, struggling with a recalcitrant llama. "Pedro," the story of a little airplane replacing his father on a mail run across the Andes, is a variation on "The Little Engine That Could." "El Gaucho Goofy" continues the popular "How To" cartoon series that juxtaposes a deadpan narration with increasing physical mayhem. Here, Goofy demonstrates Pampas-style riding and the use of the bola. The jaunty parrot Jose Carioca makes his debut in "Aquarela do Brasil." Although largely eclipsed by the wilder The Three Caballeros (1944), Saludos Amigos retains its charm. Included in the supplemental material is South of the Border with Disney, which chronicles the Good Will Tour Walt and a group of his artists made in 1941. The 16mm footage has darkened, but this featurette offers rare glimpses of some of these artists at work, including Frank Thomas, Norm Ferguson, and Mary Blair, whose stylized drawings set the look for much of Saludos Amigos and Caballeros. --Charles Solomon
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...however, they cut the El Gaucho Goofy segment. There's a section in which he is smoking a cigarette that segues into his transportation from the US to South America that was axed. Of course, to the casual viewer, they will not quite notice the jump cut, but I noticed it prominently because I've seen the original.
I love Disney, but, I must admit, that in this day in time, I think they go to the extreme in insulting both the consumer and the collector's intelligence whenever they release these "sanitized' versions of their films out of fear of being politically incorrect. I have Mickey Mouse in Color Volume 2, and they redubbed a section from CLOCK CLEANERS because it "somewhat sounded" like Donald was using profanity. I guess that's why they have yet to release SONG OF THE SOUTH on DVD because Bre'r Rabbit/Uncle Remus look so politically incorrect nowadays. I'm sorry those films were not PC when they were made, but, as a teacher, they can be used as a teachable moment to show people/children how far we've come in the social/cultural depictions in cartoons.
Because of this situation, I have to downgrade this DVD. I would have voted it differently if they had been upfront in stating that this was an "edited" version of the movie...because it is.
I hope that they will eventually release the uncut version of this movie if not on Blu-Ray, then as a streaming video offering.
A little disappointed...
I ordered this DVD that was listed as the "Saludos Amigos Gold Classic Collection" DVD, which would have just contained the movie, Saludos Amigos, on it's own. Instead I received the "Classic Caballeros Collection DVD with Saludos Amigos AND The Three Caballeros". This is NOT what I ordered at all. I already own The Three Caballeros. Why would I need two copies of this movie? Very upset, very disappointed. I just want what I ordered...
Be wary of emerald_city_collectibles--their listing was false and I did not get exactly what I wanted.
A) Theatrical Trailer
B) South of the Border with Disney
A) The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
B) The Tigger Movie
A) Make Mine Music
B) The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
C) The Tigger Movie
- South of the Border with Disney