Latin Baby ~ Disney’s Latin America Films

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.


Cultural Essays at Projections
June 20, 2008, 9:01 pm
Filed under: 3 caballeros, essays, jose carioca

I can’t believe I never linked to these essays before, but the Projections blog, which covers portrayals of Latin America in film, has some wonderful writing on Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros and Melody Time.

It’s always interesting to look at these films through a different academic discipline.

Which reminds me… I haven’t yet turned my film nerd critical eye towards the Latin America films. But I assure you, one day I will.

Essays on the 3 Caballeros & Saludos Amigos at Passport2Dreams

tc2.jpgI love Passport2Dreams, Foxxfur writes scholarly essays on Disney utilizing everything from spatial/architectural theory to art analysis to film theory.

And she just wrote on THE THREE CABALLEROS! Hooray!

Read the essay here.

Great Great Three Caballeros Fan Site!


Wow, Musa-chan, I think you’re the only person besides myself to devote so much energy and internetting to the Three Caballeros :D

This is a great little fansite, it even has some cute fanfiction and fanart!  Lots of unique stuff concerning the 3 Caballeros.  Definitely check it out!

All About “Blame It on the Samba”

Yet another amazing article from Musica Brasiliensis.…this time about the last major appearance of one of our Latin American bird friends (Jose Carioca) in a Disney feature, the “Blame it on the Samba” segment of the surreal “Melody Time,” which I absolutely love, and was dismayed to find that the version I was peddled on iTunes (off the 1970s Saludos Amigos combo album) doesn’t feature Ethel Smith’s mind-blowing Hammond organ work. Being a former organist myself, that’s my favorite part of the song.

Anyway, here’s a video of the segment if you’ve never seen it….

Yes, the Aracuan bird is there too T_T;;;

The lyrics in English may not be all that great, but the instrumentation and animation are incredible ^_^

Some scholarly musings on “The Three Caballeros”

tc2.jpgHere’s a strangely interesting article on “The Three Caballeros” for all of you guys who like to get into analyzing Disney films (yes, being a film nerd, I do my share of this as well). I didn’t write this, someone far more academic and professional did. Take a look!