Bambi (1942) is one of the saddest films in the Disney library. But After Bambi (1942), that’s when the army came. During World War II, they took over the Disney Studios. The animators have nothing to do but make World War II shorts. And for films, they only allow to do package films. If you don’t know what it is, it’s the shorts in one film called segments, kind alike Fantasia (1940). The first of those package films was Saludos Amigos, starring Donald Duck and Goofy. Released in 1943. During the end of the Disney Animator’s Strike, Walt Disney took a trip to South America as a good will ambassador, along some of his crew. The countries they’d been are Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Here are the four segments. The first one is Lake Titicaca, it’s about Donald Duck visits the llama. Then it’s Pedro, a small anthropomorphic child-airplane, lives in Chile with his mother and father, large airplanes who deliver mail. When both his parents are incapacitated due to technical defects, Pedro is forced to embark on his first journey in their place, picking up post from the city of Mendoza. His flight is perilous and dangerous and he is nearly killed in a storm on his way back, but manages to make it to Chile unscathed in the end. Then it’s El Gaucho Goofy, it’s about Goofy, re-imagined here as a Texan cowboy, is put to work as a gaucho in Argentina. He works together with a trickster horse as the narrator explains the life of the gaucho. Life as a gaucho for Goofy is strange, harsh and tiresome - not because of the living conditions, but mainly due to the antics of his horse. He is flown back to Texas in the end, to his gratitude. Lastly, it’s Aquarela de Brasil. This segment has the first appearance of Jose Carioca, a Brazillian parrot. The running time of Saludos Amigos is 42 minutes making it the shortest Disney movie ever made. In 1945, it came a sequel of Saludos Amigos and a second package film, The Three Caballeros. It’s about Donald Duck's birthday, and he receives three presents. One is a projector and he watched the Cold Blooded Penguin and The Flying Gauchito. The second present is a pop up book Donald goes in it and ends up in Brazilian state, Bia. In it, he learns to dance with the Local Natives with his buddy Jose Carioca. His third present is actually is another new character, Panchito Pistoles, a Mexican rooster. Panchito then presents Donald's present, a piñata. Pancho tells Donald of the tradition behind the piñata. Jose and Panchito then blindfold Donald, and have him attempt to break open the piñata, which eventually reveal many surprises. The scenes would of to mix with live action and animation something that Walt hadn’t done since the Alice Comedies of the 1920’s. The Three Caballeros received mixed reviews when it was released. One year later, Make Mine Music was released. Here are the ten segments. The first one was The Martins and the Coys features popular radio vocal group, King's Men singing the story of a Hatfields and McCoys-style feud in the mountains broken up when two young people from each side fall in love. Then it’s Blue Bayou features animation originally intended for Fantasia using the Debussy musical composition Clair de Lune. Then it’s All the Cats Join In where a pencil draws the action as it is happening, and in which 1940s teens are swept away by popular music. Then it’s Without You is a ballad of lost love, sung by Andy Russell. Then it’s Without You is a ballad of lost love, sung by Andy Russell. Then it’s Casey at the Bat features Jerry Colonna, reciting the famous poem by Ernest Thayer, about the arrogant ballplayer whose cockiness was his undoing. Then it’s Two Silhouettes features 2 live-action ballet dancers, David Lichine and Tania Riabouchinskaya, moving in silhouette with animated backgrounds and characters. Dinah Shore sings the title song. Then it’s Peter and the Wolf an adaptation of Sergi Prokofiev’s composition of a Russian boy trying to catch an evil wolf. After You've Gone again features Benny Goodman and his orchestra as four anthropomorphized instruments parade through a musical playground. Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnett tells the romantic story of 2 hats who fall in love in a department store window. When Alice is sold, Johnny devotes himself to finding her again. The Andrews Sisters provide the vocals. Finally, it’s The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At The Met is the bittersweet finale about a whale named Willie with incredible musical talent and his dreams of singing Grand Opera. But short-sighted impressario Tetti-Tatti believes that the whale has simply swallowed an opera singer, and chases him with a harpoon. Nelson Eddy narrates and performs all the voices in this segment. As Willie the Whale, Eddy sings all 3 male voices in the first part of the Sextet from Donizetti's opera, Lucia di Lammermoor. In the end, Willie is harpooned and killed, but the narrator softens the blow by telling the viewers that he sings on in heaven. The next year, the fourth package film was Fun and Fancy Free. Now that the war was finished in 1945, they are in finally left studio and it was now held to it rightful owners. In Fun and Fancy Free (1947), the host of the first segment is Jiminy Cricket and sang a deleted song from Pinocchio (1940), I’m a Happy Go Lucky Fellow. Then he sees a record player and put the story of Bongo, it’s the weird story about a circus bear that escapes from the circus and tries to impress a girl bear. The second one was Mickey and the Beanstalk, featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. This segment has the first appearance of Willie the Giant. The narrators of Mickey and the Beanstalk are told by Edgar Bergen and his ventriloquist's puppets Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd in live action sequences. They tell the story to a former child actress Luana Patten at her birthday party. This was the last time when Walt Disney provides the voice of Mickey Mouse. Due Disney is a chain smoker and he weakens his vocal performance. He hired James MacDonald to finish the voice work. One year later, they would on to release Melody Time. The first segment was Once Upon a Wintertime features Frances Langford singing the title song about two romantic young lovers in December. The boy shows off for his girl, and near-tragedy and a timely rescue ensue. Then it’s Bumble Boogie is a surrealistic nightmare for a solitary bee trying to escape from a visual and musical frenzy. The music is courtesy of Freddy Martin and his orchestra (with Jack Fina playing the piano) and is a swing-jazz variation of Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, which was one of the many pieces considered for inclusion in Fantasia. Then it’s The Legend of Johnny Appleseed is a retelling of the story of John Chapman, who spent most of his life roaming America and planting apple trees, thus earning his famous nickname. Dennis Day narrates and provides all the voices. Then it’s Little Toot is based on the poem by Hardie Gramatky, in which the title protagonist, a small tugboat, wants to be just like his father but can't seem to stay out of trouble. The Andrews Sisters provide the vocals. Out of all 7 of these musical segments, this one is the most famous, inspiring David Mitton to create the television series, TUGS. Then it’s Trees is a reciting of the famous Alfred Joyce Kilmer poem by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians with the lyrical setting seen through the seasons. Blame it on the Samba has Donald Duck and Jose Carioca meeting with the Aracuan Bird who introduces them to the pleasures of the samba. The Dinning Sisters provide the vocals while organist Ethel Smith plays the organ. Finally, it’s Pecos Bill, as told by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers is the film's finale relating the tale of the famous hero from Texas; the greatest cowboy that ever lived, his horse Widowmaker, and how he was brought back down to earth by a woman named Slue-foot Sue. Now for the final package film, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad released in 1949. The first segment was The Wind in the Willows based on a fiction book by Kenneth Grahame (narrated by a British actor, Basil Rathbone). Finally, it’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (narrated by Bing Crosby). After the time that Walt made six package films, he released a feature film with everything he had and by everything I mean 3 million dollars in budget. It was his biggest gamble. If this film was successful, Walt will continue his dreams come true. If not, then the whole studio will close down. So, after The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) the next Disney movie was Cinderella (1950).
The package film era actually began in 1942. (You must've made a typo).
But wow, you sure are descriptive!
But wow, you sure are descriptive!
After Bambi and before Cinderella.
That's a big giant summary about those package films from Disney!