Dis­ney Plus review: Say hi to ‘Salu­dos Ami­gos’

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Plus warns us of to­bacco use, which ap­pears in both an­i­mated and live­ac­tion for­mat. You can spot Walt him­self with a cig­a­rette.

What brought me back to re­al­ity (a.k.a. coro­n­avirus alert): Don­ald doubts the ex­is­tence and the symp­toms of al­ti­tude sick­ness. “Dizzi­ness? Ah, phooey” he states … be­fore get­ting dizzy.

Burn­ing ques­tions: It’s a shame that the Dis­ney il­lus­tra­tors seen aren’t iden­ti­fied or speak. Among those on the planes are Mary Blair (artist be­hind “it’s a small world” and those dra­matic mo­saics in Dis­ney’s Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort), Norm Fer­gu­son (cre­ator of Pluto) and Frank Thomas, who started work­ing with Dis­ney in 1934. You might even miss Walt Dis­ney him­self if you weren’t look­ing for him. (He’s around 40 years old when this was shot.)

Mean­while, in Or­lando: The film de­buted in South Amer­ica in 1942 and in the U.S. in ’43, but I could find no sign of it in Or­lando un­til 1949. That’s when it was a dou­ble fea­ture with the rere­lease of “Dumbo” at the Kuhl Av­enue DriveIn (west of the in­ter­sec­tion of Ka­ley Street and Or­ange Av­enue), ac­cord­ing to the Or­lando Evening Star news­pa­per.

The theme park an­gles: It has an Ep­cot vibe, al­most like a pitch for World Show­case pavil­ions for Peru, Chile, Ar­gentina and the al­ways-ru­mored Brazil. The clos­est thing to a “Salu­dos Ami­gos” pres­ence in the parks is the trio of an­i­ma­tron­ics on stage dur­ing the Gran Fi­esta Tour Star­ring the Three Ca­balleros ride that’s in­side Ep­cot’s Mexico pav­il­ion.

Up next: Que bueno! “The Three Ca­balleros” (1944).

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