Latin Baby ~ Disney’s Latin America Films

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:


Collectible Pins

Sorry I haven’t updated for a while, but I wrote a colossal post here to make up for it ^^;;;

Several pins involving characters from the Latin America films have been manufactured for various occasions. Many of these photos come from and can be bought there. You can click the thumbnails for full-size images.

You can view a complete list (with images) of all the pins featuring the 3 caballeros, Panchito, whatever, by doing a search at

Disney pin designer 1: Hey, what should we use for Mexico?

Disney pin designer 2: Duh, I dunno. How about that parrot? They have parrots in Mexico.

1: Yeah, that’s the ticket!

normal person: Isn’t Panchito from Mexico?

2: Duh, what’s wrong with you? And who’s Panchito?

  • From some pin trading night at Disneyland.
  • For annual passholders to Disneyland. Cute theme, I guess, but Panchito looks a little too excited. Maybe he just walked outta that bar in the background >: )
  • If you scroll down this page, they have a nice one for Mexican Independence Day with a big ol’ Mexican flag and the caballeros.
  • AWESOME one for the 55th anniversary of the 3 Caballeros. (from
  • Apparently, they did a series of state pins once, and Jose Carioca was on the one for New Mexico. NEW MEXICO? Panchito, where are you? He’s not even on a pin!? There’s no excuse for this, Panchito should have been the one for New Mexico.

  • The rest of these wouldn’t let me link to the pictures, but you can see them if you click the links.

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!

“Aquarela do Brasil” (Brazil)

salami-brasilaqua.jpgAs you all know, “Aquarela do Brasil,” or “Brazil” as it’s known in the USA, became popular in the US after it was in “Saludos Amigos.” The song was originally written by Ary Barroso, who contributed many great songs to the world of Brazilian samba. This website offers an interesting look at all the incarnations of “Aquarela do Brasil,” as well as all the translated versions of lyrics that have been offered.

Another film that made this song (in)famous was Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil,” which uses the English version.

I love this song very much….and have been attempting to learn the lyrics in semi-passable Portuguese…because I really don’t like the English lyrics. >_<

Anyone else who has stories, etc., anything related to the song, comment away!

***Additional tidbit (5/2/08)*** You’ll notice on the sheet music image above that even the font and style of writing of the word “Brazil” were imitated in the Terry Gilliam film.

Also, a high-res image of the sheet music cover can be found here.

Another resemblance – the cover of the Saludos Amigos Decca soundtrack album from the ’40s (click for full size):

About the soundtracks. Free music.

aquarelaDisney has never released soundtracks for Saludos Amigos and The 3 Caballeros that feature the actual tracks from the films. In the 1940s, they released Charles Wolcott versions on official albums (they can be found at and in the 1970s, they released a combo album called “Saludos Amigos” with new (mostly not-very-good) versions of songs from both films. If you want to hear more about the various soundtracks of these two films, you can check out Mousepod’s podcast on both of them, it includes a complete history.

BUT WAIT!!! With an audio capture program, I have obtained a partial version of the Saludos Amigos cut of “Aquarela do Brasil” by Aloysio Oliveira and “Tico Tico no Fubá” Continue reading

Saludos Amigos posters

saludos amigos posterA very old poster for “Saludos Amigos” from Carteles. You can click on it for the full-size image (which is very large). It looks a little cheaply drawn (Zé in particular, the colors are all off). The other poster is similar, but much better looking if you ask me. Continue reading