Set in Latin America, it is made up of four different segments; Lake Titicaca depicts tourist Donald Duck's troubles with a stubborn llama; Pedro tells of a little mail plane's adventures flying over the treacherous Andes; El Gaucho Goofy transplants an American cowboy into the Argentine pampas; and in Aquarela do Brasil, Jose Carioca shows Donald Duck the sights and sounds of Rio de Janiero.
The shorts that form this movie were originally intended to be released separately, but were combined to form this movie because it had been decided that each short would only be of interest to the people whose country it depicted. Therefore, footage of the Disney team on location in South America was used to make the framing sequence around the original shorts.
According to Jack Haley Jr.'s documentary Life Goes To War, the United States Department of State commissioned this movie during World War II to be shown in Central and South America to build up relations with the Latin American populace.
The film received 3 Academy Award nominations for Best Sound, Original Music Score and Best Song for Saludos Amigos. It garnered mixed reviews and was only reissued once, in 1949, when it was shown on a double bill with the first reissue of Dumbo.
- The film's title is Spanish for "Hello, Friends" (more literally, "Greetings, Friends").
- This was the first Disney Animated feature to be shown in South America before it was screened in the USA.
- It also features the first appearance of Jose Carioca.
- The title song for this movie makes a brief appearance in its follow-up, The Three Caballeros, as underscoring.
This blog entry features the only WDCC release to date from Saludos Amigos, Pedro ("Cleared for Take-Off") sculpted by Valerie Edwards, a Walt Disney Collectors Society Members Only Figurine Release for 2002.
For your viewing pleasure, here is the trailer for Saludos Amigos:
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