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Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Disney ’s superior follow-up to SALUDOS AMIGOS, his first ‘Good Neighbor Policy’ Latin American omnibus pic, is just as uneven. Dazzling animation gigs for Donald Duck and his pals Joe Carioca (from Brazil) & Panchito (from Mexico) are surrounded by lesser mood pieces and small sentimental tales with so-so results. (The flying donkey tale holds up nicely, but kids tend to tune out during the pastel musicales.) Still, the three or four production numbers where Donald takes the lead are visual knockouts, as if Walt threw up his hands and told the boys to do whatever they liked. There’s a bit too much of the live-action musical material, but watch how it bounds into life when Donald goes to the beach and suddenly sports a proper animated shadow. It's that shadow that propels him right into the live action.

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