South of the Border with Disney : Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948

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Auteur : KAUFMAN J. B., DISNEY MILLER Diane (Avant-propos) Nombre de pages : 338
Editeur : Disney Editions Dimensions : 21,1 x 26,2 x 2,8 cm
Thème : Les coulisses des longs métrages Poids : 1,34 kg
Date de publication : 10-2009
ISBN-10 : 1423111931
Edition : Première édition ISBN-13 : 978-1423111931
Couverture : Couverture cartonnée Prix d'origine : 30$ / 22,92€
Langue : Anglais Prix d'occasion : 15-50€

Table des matières
  • Foreword by Diane Disney Miller
  • Introduction
  • 1 Ambassadors of Goodwill
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • The Blair Party
    • The Bodrero Party
    • The Disney Party
    • Santiago
    • The Voyage Home
  • 2 Saludos Amigos
    • Lake Titicaca
    • Pedro
    • El Gaucho Goofy
    • Aquarela Do Brasil
    • Saludos Amigos
  • 3 Selected Short Subjects
    • Unfinished Films
      • The Laughing Gaucho
      • Caxangá
      • The Near-sighted Oven Bird
      • The Anteater
      • The Lady with the Red Pompom
      • La Loca Mariposa
      • Fiesta of the Flowers
      • The San Blas Boy
    • Pluto and the Armadillo
    • The Pelican and the Snipe
    • Contrary Condor
    • Clown of the Jungle
  • 4 Films for the Americas
    • South of the Border with Disney
    • The Winged Scourge
    • The Grain that Built a Hemisphere
    • Water - Friend or Enemy
    • The Seminar on Visual Education
    • Health for the Americas
      • Defense against Invasion
      • Tuberculosis
      • Cleanliness Brings Health
      • Infant Care
      • Hookworm
      • Insects as Carriers of Disease
      • Planning for Good Eating
      • Environmental Sanitation
    • Reading for the Americas
      • The Human Body
      • La História De José
      • José Come Bien
      • What is Disease ? / The Unseen Enemy
      • La História de Ramón
      • Ramón Está Enfermo
      • How Disease Travels
      • The Prologues and Epilogues
    • The Amazon Awakens
  • 5 The Three Caballeros
    • The Cold-blooded Penguin
    • The Flying Gauchito
    • Baía
    • La Piñata
    • Interstitial Scenes
  • 6 Blame It on the Samba
    • Cuba
    • Carnival
    • Without You
    • Two Silhouettes
    • Destino
    • Blame It on the Samba
  • Appendix A : Filmography
  • Appendix B : Ary Barroso Discography
  • Appendix C : Comics
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments

Résumé de l'éditeur

In 1942, moviegoers suddenly saw their old Disney cartoon friends Donald Duck and Goofy in an unaccustomed setting. Abandoning the recognizably North American barnyards and cities of their previous adventures, "the Duck" and "the Goof" traveled to South America to embrace exotic cultures very different from their own. The unexpected result was Saludos Amigos. In time, it would be followed by another feature, The Three Caballeros, along with an assortment of short subjects, produced both for entertainment and education, all exploring Latin American settings and themes.

This book is the story of those years and those films. Millions of viewers have enjoyed Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros without realizing that the films were produced for a specific diplomatic purpose : as part of an initiative to foster a spirit of friendly hemispheric unity by countering Nazi propaganda efforts in South America, so that all the Americas might stand together against the Axis powers. This effort, the Good Neighbor program, was initiated and guided by Nelson Rockefeller, who then served as the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (CIAA), a new government post created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1940.

By 1940, Walt Disney was at the zenith of his powers. In the preceding decade he had redefined the medium of the animated cartoon, exploding all of its perceived limitations and carrying it to undreamed-of technological and artistic heights, and establishing his studio as the world's premier animation company. Mickey Mouse, the Silly Symphonies, and the pioneering features Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and Fantasia were greeted with worldwide popular and critical acclaim. Now, with the onset of U.S. involvement in World War II, that power and goodwill would be harnessed in the service of the United States - both to participate explicitly in the war effort, with training and propaganda films, and to help cement bonds of friendship among the American republics.

Beginning with the research trip Disney undertook in 1941, leading a team comprising his top animators, artists, and writers on a journey throughout South and Central America, renowned animation historian J. B. Kaufman reveals the story behind Disney's contribution to Rockefeller's program, including not only the much-loved theatrical films but also educational series designed to promote literacy, public health, and agricultural innovation. Throughout, Kaufman emphasizes the integrity, imagination, and cultural sensitivity Disney brought to every project.

Based on comprehensive archival research and richly illustrated with many images never before published, South of the Border with Disney is a fascinating study of an all-but-forgotten aspect of the American war effort that will inform and delight Disney fans, animation lovers, and World War II buffs everywhere.

J. B. Kaufman is a film historian on the staff of the Walt Disney Family Foundation and a leading expert on Disney animation and silent film. He is coauthor, with Russell Merritt, of two essential and widely admired reference works on Disney animation : the award-winning Walt in Wonderland : The Silent Films of Walt Disney (Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, 1992) and Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies : A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series (La Cineteca del Friuli, 2006). Kaufman was also a regular contributor to the Griffith Project at the annual silent-cinema festival in Pordenone, Italy.