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Saludos Amigos

Saludos Amigos(1943)

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A group of artists, writers and musicians working for the Walt Disney Studio leave Hollywood and board an airplane bound for South America, where they visit Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Sketching and photographing as they go, the artists tour the cities, visit the studio of painter F. Molina Campos, and watch the gauchos at work on the pampas. Their impressions of these countries with their colorful customs and interesting people inspire them to produce a series of four animated films, which are then shown: In "Lake Titicaca," Donald Duck appears as a North American tourist visiting the lake region. He sees a market and a bakery, photographs the local residents and has an encounter with a cantankerous llama, which he then rides across a precarious suspension bridge high above a chasm. His fall from the bridge lands him in a pottery market, then into the lake itself. The next cartoon, "Pedro," concerns a young mail plane who must prove himself by flying the mail from Argentina to Chile. To do this he must negotiate the dangerous Andes, and in particular must avoid Aconcagua, the tallest mountain peak in the Western Hemisphere. After stopping to play, Pedro is driven off course by inclement weather and runs out of gas. Although he is feared lost, Pedro finally arrives with his load of mail, which proves to contain only one postcard. In "El Gaucho Goofy," the third cartoon, Goofy is transported from North America to Argentina, where his North American cowboy clothes are exchanged for those of an Argentine gaucho. With the dubious help of his horse, Goofy attempts to demonstrate authentic gaucho customs and dances. Then, "Aquarela do Brasil" illustrates the popular song of the same name with a series of abstract musical impressions of the sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro. One exotic flower transforms into Donald Duck, who is then introduced to a Brazilian parrot named Joe Carioca. Joe enthusiastically welcomes his famous visitor and teaches him to dance the samba. The film ends with the whole city of Rio swaying to the beat of the samba.