Wednesday, September 09, 2009

When Walt Disney Visited Latin America

I always love reading short article about Walt and what he did that isn't widely known. This LA Times piece describe a period where Walt was asked to be some sort of a goodwill ambassador to various countries in Latin America. This visit has been documented in a new documentary "Walt and El-Grupo".

The documentary "Walt & El Grupo" chronicles the trip. Shot in five countries, the documentary travels in Disney's footsteps and features personal letters, interviews with historians and survivors both here and in Latin America, and never-before-seen photographs and film footage.

Before Disney ventured south, several other celebrities had been sent down to the Americas without much success.

I'm glad that the visit gave Walt the inspiration to create two very important films that have become Disney classics - 1942's "Saludos Amigos" and 1944's "The Three Caballeros" - mainly because this is where Donald Duck became popular.


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