Latin Baby ~ Disney’s Latin America Films

Adios, Amigos
March 7, 2014, 1:03 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Time to say goodbye. I am going to commit to leaving this site a “graveyard.”

I may be deleting some posts (or maybe all of them), so don’t be alarmed if something is missing. I know a lot of images are already missing because I never update this site anymore.

When I started this blog, I had a lot of time, few friends, and the wide-eyed ambition of a young college student with too many creative hobbies and not much focus. Becoming an adult and going to professional school has taken away a lot of free time, but also focused it onto the things that I did not have when I was younger: love, friends, a career path, and my health and fitness.

To all who love(d) this blog, I thank you so much. I hope that I have contributed something to your life or work, however small.

Much love,

Your humble narrator,

R. Phoenix


A cover of ‘The Three Caballeros’ and other interesting YouTube finds
April 26, 2009, 1:40 am
Filed under: 3 caballeros, fan stuff, humor/parody, music, videos

Here’s a great cover of “The Three Caballeros” song, sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.  I like its being played on an old gramophone as well, it just adds to the atmosphere.

This clip came to my attention courtesy of reader Kaze.  Thanks!

Here’s a hilarious “music video” for an Exit 57 song that uses clips from The Three Caballeros.  It’s really well-edited and the song is hilarious.  For those of you that don’t know, Exit 57 was an old comedy sketch TV program that featured now-famous Stephen Colbert.  He sings in this video!

And here’s Brazilian singer Jose Oliveira, the voice actor of José Carioca, performing live on the Mickey Mouse Club:

He’s playing a Mexican song, “Jesusita en Chihuahua,” a.k.a. “the cactus song” from The Three Caballeros.

I hope you enjoyed these videos, I certainly did.  (This blog’s not dead yet!)

Three Caballeros Fan Art
September 26, 2008, 10:10 am
Filed under: 3 caballeros, donald duck, drawings, fan stuff, jose carioca, panchito | Tags: , ,

Again, in lieu of “proper” content, and not wanting to go for a long time without posting anything, I’m presenting a selection of Three Caballeros-related artwork found on DeviantArt.  Just to be clear, these are not by me.

Anthropomorphized “human versions” of the three.

Wonderfully-drawn picture of the guys on the beach.

The caballeros in WW2-like military uniforms (I like!)

“Realistic” rendering.

Zé Carioca doing the whole Mary Poppins thing.

A badass rendering of the artist, Kuzco from The Emperor’s New Groove (hey, he IS South American and a llama), José, and Panchito.  I really dig this drawing despite its non-canon-ness.

Someone made their own SD 3 Caballeros figurines!  I would pay so much for these.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed these pics and that they filled the void in this blog sufficiently enough ^^;;

interviews and (more) reviews: Walt and El Grupo
August 7, 2008, 11:49 am
Filed under: reviews/opinions, saludos amigos, stories | Tags: , , ,

Today I discovered an interview with Ted Thomas, the director of the previously-mentioned Walt and El Grupo, a new documentary about Walt Disney’s trip to Latin America.

You can read the interview at Jim Hill Media.

I thought I would post some additional reviews of Walt and El Grupo as well, to provide some second opinions.

My review of the film.

Variety’s review (unfavorable)

A fan’s favorable review, posted on the Seattle Int’l Film Festival website.

Favorable review at Prost Amerika. It seems to summarize more than review, but ranks the film 8 out of 10.

Review at Musica Brasiliensis (a great resource for everything related to Brazilian music). The site’s author assisted the filmmakers.

And here’s the official website for the film.

Panchito and José Carioca Get Held Up at Immigration.

Blurry enlargement from INDUCKS (click for full size).  This is an American comic from November 1944.

But here’s something a lot more fun, that I thought of immediately when I saw the image of the policeman giving the guys a hard time:

New book about the Latin America films coming soon
July 24, 2008, 11:56 am
Filed under: 3 caballeros, essays, merchandise, saludos amigos

“Fortunately, the Walt Disney Family Foundation has commissioned author J.B. Kaufman, the outstanding Disney historian responsible for books like Walt in Wonderland, to write an extensive book on Walt’s Latin American films…”

(Source: “The Lost Caballero” article at MousePlanet)

As a bit of a preview… article of Kaufman’s, “Walt in South America,” can be found at the Walt Disney Family Museum’s website, which also has a large amount of footage and audio related to the Latin America trip.

I’m really looking forward to this book.

“Mystery” Donald and José
July 16, 2008, 1:10 pm
Filed under: donald duck, drawings, jose carioca

This happy scene comes from the Name This Toon blog.

“This is a cel from Two Happy Amigos, part of the Walt Disney Presents show of Feb 2, 1960. This is bridge material for segments from Saludos Amigos, which was aired a few years earlier. The new material was done to make the segments more updated and friendly to the TV audience.”

(comment by Brian Mitchell on the original post)

That comment seemed to me the most likely answer, as I can guarantee this is from neither Saludos Amigos nor The Three Caballeros.