“Saludos Amigos” is one of two very special features made in the 1940’s as a result of Walt Disney’s passionate support of the US government’s “Good Neighbour” program screening in MIAF 16. For several years key Disney Studio artists immersed themselves in the South American animation communities and in the process created wonderfully unique films that are infused with much of what they absorbed from the experience.
“Saludos Amigo” means “Hello, Friends” in English. It is a short feature made of four sections, one starring Goofy, two starring Donald Duck and the other starring Jose Carioca, a boisterous Brazilian parrot with a love for big cigars.
As one of the first major projects completed by the Disney team during their creative term in South America, it is a perfect example of way the two cultures melded to create enthralling, utterly entertaining animated cinema.
It premiered in Rio de Janeiro in 1942 before going onto a successful run in the USA the following year. And it’s success – both creatively and commercially – was the catalyst for Disney to continue onto more and bigger projects in South America (including the production of their feature film “The Three Cabelleros” in 1944 which is also screening in MIAF 16).
A very special treat for fans of classic animation of ALL ages.