Friday, February 15, 2008

Well I'll be a Flying Donkey.

I have fallen behind on many of the podcasts that I listen to. One of those podcasts is "Inside The Magic" According to Jeff from MO, Ricky recently made an exciting annoucement. Here is the statment Jeff made on his blog ( Thursday, February 7, 2008.

"I just found out listening to the Inside the Magic podcast that they are rereleasing The Three Caballeros and Saludos Amigos in one dvd set. This is extremely exciting since that is one of my favorites. The Three Caballeros that is. I've never seen Saludos Amigos so I'm excited to seeing it for the first time. The release date is April 29, 2008. Can't wait."

These are two titles that had been retired into the Disney vault some time ago. About 6 months ago I found a copy of The Three Caballeros on DVD at Best Buy. Unfortunitly I could not find Saludos Amigo's. Like Jeff from MO I have not seen that film. Although I own the one I will certainly purchase this DVD when it is released.

I have to believe that these are being brought back out to complement the "Grand Fiesta Tour" which opened in Epoct last year. Figment aside, I typically am not a fan of putting the Disney characters in Epcot but they pulled this one off nicely. The introduction of Donald, Jose, and Panchito keeps this ride lively and entertaining.

According to Wikipedia.
Saludos Amigos premiered in Rio de Janeiro on Aug 24th 1942. It was released in the United States on February 6th 1943. It garnered mixed reviews and was only reissued once, in 1949, when it was shown on a double bill with the first reissue of Dumbo

It contained these short stories.

Lake Titicaca,
American tourist Donald Duck visits the titlee location and meets with some of the local yokels, including an obstinate Llama
involves the title character, a small airplane from Chile, engaging in his very first flight to pick up air mail from Mendoza, with near disastrous results.
El Gaucho Goofy,

American cowboy Goofy gets taken mysteriously to the Argentine pampas to learn the ways of the native gaucho. This segment was later edited for the film's video release to remove one scene of Goofy smoking a cigarette.
Aquarela do Brasil (or "Watercolor of Brazil"),

The finale of the film, involves a brand-new character, Jose Carioca, Donald Duck around South America and introducing him to the samba.

Three Caballeros was released in 1944.
In this movie we get to celebrate along with Donald Duck as he opens his birthday gifts.
A projector and a series of films. Of course Donald himself becomes part of the animated fun as the film progresses.

The Cold-Blooded Penguin,
Involves a penguin named Pablo, who is so fed up with the freezing conditions of the South Pole that he decides to leave for warmer climates.

The Flying Gauchito,
The adventures of a little boy from Uruguay and his winged donkey, Burrito.

A pop-up book trip through Salvador, the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia, as Donald Duck and José Carioca meet up with some of the locals who dance an interesting samba and Donald starts pining for one of the females in the group.

Las Posadas,
Is the story of a group of Mexican children who celebrate Christmas by re-enacting the journey of Mary and Joseph searching for room at the inn. "Posada" means "inn", and they are told "no posada" at each house until they come to one where they are offered shelter in a stable. This leads to festivities including the breaking of the piñata, which in turn leads to Donald Duck trying to break the piñata as well.

I would place Three Caballeros in my top ten list of Disney favorites. It's one of those nostalgic looks back into what the Studios were producing so many years ago.

Thanks Jeff for the heads up on this upcoming release. And welcome again to the blogging world.

On a training note. I have not done a thing since Mondays run. I have this afternoon off and will be getting up to SNAP. I will post an update later today.

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