ATDis #7 The Three Caballeros

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Writing this today, I really don’t have much to say.  I watched this movie for the first time the same day I watched Saludos Amigos, but I didn’t type it up because I couldn’t think of much else to say, but it has been long enough so I’m just going to post what little I have to say about it.  It was a fun movie, I watched with friends, but I’m not sure what I can add from this movie that I haven’t already covered in the Saludos Amigos post.

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I enjoyed the intro story line, Donald getting a present from his friends down in South America.  I thought the penguin story from Sterling Holloway was adorable.  I also loved the flying donkey.  When we saw the Brazilian parrot, it was just as fun as the last time. When looking at the Mexican rooster, it was just as cute as I expected, and a lot more similar to the ride in Epcot than I imagined, (see left for a pinata from the Mexico Pavilion that I was given as a Christmas present from my dear friend Cassie).  When we got to Mexico City and the lady started singing, it got weird.  But overall it was a good movie.

 

 

 

Looking at this from a “Disney Legacy” standpoint, I think the same things as I did for Saludos Amigos.  In fact, I think it almost impossible to talk about The Three Caballeros without talking about Saludos Amigos.  So if you want a more in-depth look at what I think, see that post here.

 

 

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ATDis #6 Saludos Amigos

¡Hola Internet Friends!

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This is really wrong, its a picture of Don Quijote from the Mexico section of Its a Small World in Magic Kingdom.  Its not from South America, but its close enough…..

Welcome once again to Adventuring Through Disney! We have now exited “Beginning Disney” and are now entering “Lost Disney.”  This titling of sections is entirely arbitrary and completely unofficial, but I like them anyways.  Beginning Disney would be considered Snow White through Bambi, and Lost Disney would be considered Saludos Amigos through The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.  Welcome to the most obscure and little-known movies on this list.

I had never seen Saludos Amigos until today, but in doing so I really enjoyed it.  I think it was a beautiful film, with lots of fun music.  Being half Cuban (but very white) myself, I try to soak up as much Latin American culture as I can, so I was looking forward to watching this one and the next one (The Three Caballeros).  I was not disappointed.

Something I noticed throughout the film was how different the times were.  They showed spurs in the Gaucho Goofy segment (a big no-no from PETA).  Goofy also smokes a cigarette.  Later, Donald drinks a spicy alcohol and the flames from his mouth light his friends cigar.  Also, the animators weren’t allowed to bring cameras on the plane trip that inspired the Pedro segment, but they were allowed to smoke on the plane.  How times have changed….

Something interesting about this movie and the next is that they were basically propaganda films.  World War II was going on and Disney and his team were hired as an ambassador to make countries in South America be better friends with America.  Characters from Disney’s cartoons were already popular, and so to have the characters set in the countries of Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and other Latin American countries (who were a little too buddy-buddy with Nazi Germany) helped to spread good feelings.

This film reminded me a lot of my post about Fantasia.  To me, this movie was about art, not politics.  It was sort of a testimony to inspiration and art.  Walt took the opportunity and went down below the equator and learned about other countries.  He was inspired by their culture, music, and llamas.  He took his team down and let the inspiration take hold and create four little cartoons showcasing the talent of his team.  Walt took the initial political motives and created something fun and colorful and bright.  It makes me sad that it isn’t as well-known today.

Join me next time not uno, not dos, but tres characters who will steal your heart.

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ATDis #5 Bambi

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Yesterday my roommate (picture to the right) and I watched Bambi.  IMG_4316I have seen Bambi in my life, I am pretty sure that my family owned it on VHS, but I have not seen it in a very very long time.  I have quoted it many times (everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime) and one of the quotes was a rule in our home (if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all) but I haven’t ever watched this movie as an adult-like-person until now.

Bambi was a very beautiful movie.  The multi-plane camera that Walt Disney invented was definitely put to good use here, and it led to some beautiful scenes.  Also, the score for the movie was so beautiful.  My roommate and I kept talking about all the cymbal crashes and violin sweeps as the movie progressed.  I love the song “Little April Shower” and it holds a place on my “rain” playlist, which means I listen to it semi-often, living in Florida where it rains at around 2pm every day over the summer.

Ok…. I tried really hard not to write this paragraph.  I really did.  But I can’t help it.  Bambi twerks throughout the entire film.  Even as an adult, he twerks.  He sticks his little white tail in the air and wiggles it around in  the cutest way, but he twerks.  After seeing it (and commenting on it) the first time, I said “but I’m not going to write about that” and then it happened again.  And again.  And again.  So I mentioned it.

One other thing I will mention, is that I really like how the movie watches all of the forest creatures.  We truly get a picture of everyone, rather than just the main characters.  When Bambi is born, we see all the little animals welcoming him.  As we continue through his life, we still get to stop and see how everyone else is doing.  This “stop and smell the roses” type approach was really cool to see.

In terms of Walt’s legacy, something I really like about the movie that we haven’t seen from Walt Disney so far in this adventure, is the full-circle-ness of the movie.  We start with Bambi being born and end with his children.  We start with his father, the Great Prince of the Forest, looking over him and end with him looking over his children.  It truly showed the life of Bambi, with all its ups and downs, heartbreaks and twitterpated-ness, in a beautiful and satisfying way.  While in the other movies we see a beautiful story, none are so… complete, as this one.  I don’t know there was something very cathartic about this movie that I normally don’t experience in the whole “full circle” endings (I’m looking at you Gilmore Girls, a year in the life.  You too season 6 finale of Once Upon a Time).  I think Walt and his team did an excellent job.

¡Amigos de Internet! Join us in our next episode for a special, and not very well known, treat.

ATDis #4: Dumbo

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Dumbo has a very special place in my heart.  Even though I would’t call it a “staple” in

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My friend, Amanda, and her boyfriend Nick on Dumbo (circa March 2016)

my house as a child (I never really saw it, in my memory, until I watched it on Netflix in high school), I have always loved the characters and music, and the ride at Disney World.  I think I also love the fact that the “Winter Quarters” for the Circus was in Florida, my home state, and there is an entire little moment of Casey Jr. rolling up through Florida to its next destination.

Something I wanted to finally figure out, 100%, was the gender of Dumbo.  As a  child, I had always thought Dumbo was a “he.”  Then, when I got older, a book called “The Kingdom Keepers” had a scene where the characters watched Dumbo to look for clues.  One of the descriptions they use is “mother-daughter relationships.”   So I watched the movie.  Dumbo’s “real” name is “Jumbo Jr.”   And, as his mother is named “Mrs. Jumbo” I assumed he was a “she.”  But I was still quite confused.

When I watched this time, this was one of my hidden goals.  And I have to say, I’ve finally done it.  While watching, the other characters call Dumbo “he” and “him.”  This should have been enough for me to be satisfied, but of course it wasn’t.  I had to figure out the name.  And I didn’t like “oh, Jumbo is a name for both boys and girls” as an answer.  So, what I’ve concluded is this.  Jumbo is the last name.  I think Mrs. Jumbo actually has a first name, but it is never revealed.  I also think Jumbo Jr. is the name of Dumbo after his father, but I can’t give you any more information to support this theory.  Maybe its as if his name is “Junior,” which is a thing, but instead they call him “Dumbo.”  Poor thing.

Also, I had never really cried in this movie, but when I watched it this time I balled my eyes out.  Yay.

Also, the Stork is OG Mary Poppins.  He does the “bag falling through the cloud while I’m sitting on it” way before she does.  (I checked the dates and everything.)

Also, I love Timothy Q. Mouse way more than Jiminy Cricket.  Timothy is a way better spokesman and also has a lot more sass.  If you disagree with me on this, or anything else, let me know why in the comments.

Also, Timothy is the OG Inception.

I think when looking at this from a “Disney Legacy” standpoint, this movie solidified the relationship/character aspect of Disney.   As discussed in prior blogs, Snow White created the legacy, Pinocchio solidified wishes, Fantasia solidified magic, and now Dumbo solidified family.  We have two characters, who never speak, and yet their love for one another is shown throughout the entire film.  I find it very telling that the characters with the most love speak the least.  I think Walt Disney was trying to use Dumbo’s story and characters to show how deep the relationships can be in life, and how these relationships can be shown in animated movies the same way as in other movies. I think he did a really good job.

Don’t be a deer in the headlights.  Tune in next time!