Latin Baby ~ Disney’s Latin America Films


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!)

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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 ^^;;



Review – “Walt and El Grupo”
April 26, 2008, 6:26 pm
Filed under: fan stuff, reviews/opinions, saludos amigos | Tags: , ,

I was able to see the new documentary about Disney’s trip to South America, Walt and El Grupo, so I decided to record some of my impressions here.

First of all, the fact that someone cared enough to make this film about such an obscure little topic is marvelous. Also, the number of people from that time they were able to contact and talk to is pretty impressive. As I said before, the film had the backing of the Walt Disney Family Foundation.

Unfortunately, the film spends a lot of time zooming in and out of three-dimensionalized photos. Too much time, in fact. While these scenes made use of some of the great music, they were ultimately a little annoying. I feel like even with the paucity of material available to the filmmakers, they were stretching the said material a little too far.  The film spends the entire 2 hours-plus running time discussing only Brazil (and only Rio de Janeiro at that), Argentina, and Chile.  Nothing concerning the trip after Chile is discussed at all; the rest of Latin America, Mexico, and The Three Caballeros are completely ignored.

While it is very interesting to hear the stories of those involved and their descendants, I feel that the film spends too much time on talking-head interviews that could have been done in voiceover and they don’t seem to be edited down enough. As a documentary about the trip itself rather than the films that came out of it, it’s pretty good. However, it fails a little in that regard because it completely excludes the artists’ trip to countries other than the “ABC” (Argentina, Brazil, and Chile). While those three were perhaps the most important to Saludos Amigos, I felt disappointed that nothing was said of Mexico.

Very few clips from the films were also shown. I understand that the filmmakers probably didn’t want to repeat material used in Saludos or the “Disney South of the Border” documentary, but the few segments used were easily one of the best parts of the film.  Not to say that the filmmakers’ original material isn’t good – one scene in particular involving clips from Aquarela do Brasil was incredible: zooming out from a shot of the Urca nightclub, the film cuts to a live-action shot of the nightclub today.  Several shots of the inside of the now-abandoned and decaying Urca follow, a ghostly echo of a samba song playing….we briefly glimpse the filmed performance of “Carnaval Carioca” on stage superimposed on the scene, which disappears into silence as we see the rest of the club.

Despite all these complaints, I learned a few new and interesting facts from the film, got to see what many of the places Disney visited look like today, and saw some WONDERFUL shots of production artwork I’d never seen before.  As a big fan of Mary Blair’s work, I was very pleased to see lots of her and her husband’s drawings, and to learn that this trip was what drew Disney’s attention and made him hire her.  However, even as a HUGE fan of the Latin America films, I felt that this documentary was both incomplete and a bit lengthy.  Nonetheless, I would recommend it for those who really love Saludos Amigos.  If you don’t, or if you’ve never seen the film, don’t watch this movie, I don’t think you would appreciate it without having seen Saludos beforehand.



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.



Kingdom Hearts?

This site wrote a list of the “top 10 characters missing in Kingdom Hearts.” I don’t play video games anymore really, and I haven’t played the 2nd Kingdom Hearts yet. While the 3 caballeros is not really the basis for a “world” in Kingdom Hearts, a cameo summon (comin’ out with guns blazing! :D ) or something would be nice. Does anyone know if a Kingdom Hearts 3 is in the works? Come on, if they were expanding the series to live action Disney films like Tron and Pirates of the Caribbean in Kingdom Hearts 2, they could at least throw in some kind of tribute to the older films.



Great Great Three Caballeros Fan Site!

3cabshttp://musachan.angelcities.com/3caba/main.html

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 ^_^