Saludos, amigos! So begins Disney’s war-time feature efforts, more propaganda work than pushing the boundaries of animation and storytelling. Compared to classic, boundary-pushing works like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi, Saludos Amigos falls far short of those high bars.
At a mere 40 minutes, Saludos Amigos is a series of four 10-minute shorts that follow Disney animators as they explore four South American tourist hotspots: Lake Titicaca, Mendoza (Chile), Argentina and a mash-up of several South-American locales set to the music of Brazil. Each segment is strung together with home movies shot by the crew while they were exploring.