Friday, August 23, 2013

Salutations Saludos Amigos!

Saludos Amigos, which translates to "Hello Friends" in English was the first of six releases known as "package films" by the Walt Disney studio. This venture had a beginning with America's State Department even before we entered World War II in 1941 as Walt was commissioned to do a goodwill tour of South America resulting in a movie that would shore up our "Good Neighbor Policy."

One review by Film historian Charles Richard stated, "Saludos Amigos did more to cement a community of interest between peoples of the Americas in a few months than the Sate Department had in fifty years." Happy Birthday "Saludos Amigos!"


  1. Joe Carioca is still big in Brazil. In fact we just resumed production of Disney comic stories with him, after a 10-year absence. :-)

  2. I thought you fellows south of the border called him Zé Carioca, but nevertheless I'm glad he is coming back in comics. 10 years is too long for a wonderful character like José (as we call him in the US) to be absent.