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…..an 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.

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“Saludos Amigos” Box Art: A Visual History

This is not nearly as interesting as the history of Three Caballeros box art, seeing as Saludos Amigos has only been released once on its own, and twice as a set with Caballeros.

1.) The 1995 Laserdisc Box Set:

This cover is all right, but it’s clearly representative of Caballeros rather than both films.

2.) The 2000 DVD/VHS:

The full jacket (which was the same for both the VHS and DVD) can be viewed here (large file). I suppose this cover is good enough, but the shininess of it kind of bothers me. I also think putting Goofy front and center isn’t all that great a marketing decision – Donald Duck probably sells a lot more. Jose Carioca’s weird anti-gravity hat is also a strange artistic decision. All and all, I think this cover could have been a lot better, especially considering some of the beautiful artwork this film generated:

By the way….if any of you guys know of any alternate covers other than the ones mentioned here (even if they’re bootlegs), post the image link in your comment!

3.) The 2008 DVD Combo Set:

This is worse than the earlier DVD cover. It’s just a crappy mashup of artwork from both DVDs, utterly ruined by the “2-MOVIE COLLECTION OMG!” bargain banner on the bottom. The text on the box is ugly and too large.

Come on, Disney, you could do so much better…. Think about all the old gorgeous Disney posters from the days of theatrical re-releases. Even some of the re-re-re-releases had nice posters!

Feel free to post your own opinions and ideas concerning box art.  You can also read my post about 3 Caballeros box art.



“The Three Caballeros” Box Art: A Visual History

1.) Rare 1985 Japanese Laserdisc:

(click image for full size. Source: Walt Disney Japanese Laserdiscs)

I like the psychedelic colors of this one, even though the art is a little loopy. It’s quite dynamic and it certainly catches your eye.

One problem – the image on the left on the back of the laserdisc sleeve definitely refers the Tico-tico no Fuba dance, which is from Saludos Amigos, not The 3 Caballeros. These box layout people didn’t do their research.

2.) 1994 Japanese Laserdisc

This had virtually the same box art as the 1995 VHS release…they didn’t even bother to reformat, just slapped it on the cover and put some yellow space around it. (Pictured here)

3.) The 1995 VHS Release

Pretty corny, but it could be far worse. At least this was made before the days of shiny-fied digital “3D art,” which sometimes comes out strangely.

4.) The 1995 Laserdisc Combo Set:

Almost the same as the 1995 VHS release, but more “elegant” to target the highbrow laserdisc machine owner (I hear those things were notoriously expensive). This edition had a ton of extras, and many still haven’t made it onto the DVD releases.

5.) The 2000 VHS/DVD:

This cover is my favorite by far, although the desert-like landscape looks more “Lawrence of Arabia” than “Latin America.” I think this is quite nice, especially when compared to the *other* covers.

6.) The 2008 DVD Combo Set:

I really dislike this one a lot. First of all, it recycles the 2000 box art from the two films; I can’t say the box art for Saludos Amigos was too great, and it’s a shame to see it here, asserting its dominance over the much nicer Caballeros box art. I really can’t stand Jose Carioca’s “anti-gravity” hat here…what were they thinking? They made an effort to incorporate both films into the cover, but what they came up with really stinks. The text is too big and quite unsightly, and I can’t stand the “HEY LOOK BARGAINS 2-FOR-1!” banner on the bottom. I would have rather seen new art….or utilizing some of the amazing poster art from these films.

So, what are your opinions? Which is your favorite? Do you have other ideas?

If anyone has any different bootleg or alternate cover art not mentioned here, post the image links in your comment!

***Additions 6/17/2008 (courtesy of Foxxfur)

Box art for a reel of 8mm film of the “Three Caballeros” song number. I really like this box art! I wish they’d have used this instead of some of the others! The colors/design are a bit off on Panchito, though.

Very grade-school-library-looking….. This is a VHS from the ’80s using box art similar to the ’85 Japanese laserdisc, but without the technicolor rainbow horizon.



Soviet 3 Caballeros Poster
May 20, 2008, 9:42 am
Filed under: 3 caballeros, merchandise, promotional | Tags: , , ,

(click for full size)

Russian 3 Caballeros Poster

It’s very “modernist” and simple. Quite different from some of the other posters out there.



Feliz Navidad, Happy Holidays, Boas Festas – Holiday Comix Covers

Here are some nice holiday-related Brazilian comic book covers from the ever-wonderful Vila Xurupita.

  • Santa José Carioca and Scamp the puppy.
  • Zé: I want cigars and pretty girls and samba records and money and blank checks and more money….
  • There are more, so…continue reading! Continue reading


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.



Disney 50 States Pins

You may recall a previous complaint about the Disney 50 states pin series and the fact that the New Mexico pin had Jose Carioca (not Panchito, the obvious choice), when Panchito wasn’t even used in the state pin series. You can see all the images here for all 50 state pins.

This is related to my interest in country mascots and representations of countries/areas, which I’ve previously ranted about before.

Out of curiosity, I looked to see which character represented my former homeland, South Carolina, a regular complaint of mine is its less-than-peachy representation in the media….but that’s a rant for another time (and one that belongs on my other blog). So, it was Belle from Beauty and the Beast!

southern

Well, that’s nice, it coulda been Brer Rabbit or something possibly offensive (though I do love Brer Rabbit as well) I guess they picked her because she was a southern “belle?” (yes, pun intended). By the way, South Carolina is NOT shaped like that. It’s far less lumpy.

I decided to talk about all of the 50 states pins. I then found out there were actually SEVERAL 50 states sets, I will cover the others another time.

If you can make sense of the ones I can’t, please please comment.

  • Alabama – Lady from “Lady and the Tramp.” I guess she’s a nice southern girl, too.
  • Alaska – Monstro the whale from “Pinocchio.” I can see the reasoning here, but maybe Brother Bear characters would’ve been more appropriate. I think these pins predate that film, though.
  • Arizona a cowboy version of Pete, complete with cigar. Not too great, maybe they shoulda used Panchito here?
  • Arkansas – Pumbaa from “The Lion King.” What?!
  • CaliforniaDonald with a surfboard. This is nice, although I really think Mickey should be in California because the ORIGINAL Disneyland was there and Mickey is SUPPOSED to live there, although WDW in Florida gets far more attendance nowadays than Disneyland. Continue reading