6340.7 #18 (DL Qual #7

Aug 17, 2013 10:09 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning! This day in Disney history, August 17th, 1941: Walt Disney, accompanied by his wife Lillian, studio employees, Mary Blair, Frank Thomas, Ted Sears, Bill Cottrell, and twelve other designers and animators to begin a goodwill tour of five countries in Latin America.

President Roosevelt named Nelson Rockefeller head of a special agency: a veritable international chamber of commerce and cultural exchange. This agency sent various Hollywood celebrities to countries that Nazis were making inroads into, Latin America being a major one. They had hoped by doing this, it would extinguish the Nazis momentum. Walt was invited to be one of these celebrity ambassadors. He saw it as an opportunity to look for "new songs, dances, plots and personalities for our cartoons."

Financed by a U.S. government grant at a cost of $70,000, the tour took 10 weeks. Starting today in Rio De Janeiro via Pan American Airways. The film "Walt & El Grupo" chronicles the trip. It features personal letters, interviews with historians, and survivors both here and in Latin America, and never-been seen photographs and film footage.

Disney ended up making two more films inspired by the trip: 1942's "Saludos Amigos" and 1944's "The Three Caballeros" which thankfully were both big hits.

To watch the official trailer from the documentary "Walt & El Grupo":

Have you seen any of these films?

Thanks so much for reading/watching! Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!
Today is an extra special day for myself and several other MWers. Today is the day that CourtyAstroBlisters (CAB) and her fiancé Michael tie the knot here in the gorgeous Santa Cruz Mountains. πŸ‘°πŸŽ©πŸ’πŸ‘«πŸ’—πŸ‘ I'm over the moon excited for them! It still amazes me that because of this wonderful Disney app, I've met some of my very BEST friends. I wish you endless years of happiness and Disney magic! Love you girl! Can't wait to see you in a few hours in your beautiful ivory dress! ::wipes happy tears:: 😍😩😘

P.S. please excuse HandMeAChurroImmaFaint, Slotherini, ZeeAlice, and I if we post a few "Disney-fied" wedding photos from today's festivities. πŸ˜‰

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Awwww I cried so much yesterday and now I'm crying again over all these beautiful post! Thank you duchess for everything! I love you tons! 😘😘 - CourtyAstroBlisters  784.0 #236 8:16AM
Kinda surprised that there was no orange and black anywhere on the dress lol! πŸ˜‰ - Bo22  394.2 #570 8:47AM
When you post I feel closer to the magic. Thanks for what you do. - ItsADisneyLife4Me  211.2 #1858 10:48AM
Found Walt And El Grupo For Sale on Amazon for $14.99 incase anyone is interested. - TrampsLady  1641.8 #102 11:45AM
Nice! - GrumpyPirateDad  1936.2 #86 12:14PM
Thank you! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 7:31PM
please post more wedding photos, they are mousewait related!!!:D hope you are all having a great time!! - secretagentangel  4658.7 #28 3:03PM
If you're on inststagram you can see more under the tag, #candmgothitched - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 7:05PM
First, Congrats to the beautiful Bride and Groom! The pics of the wedding on IG were amazing:). And yes I have seen this movie. After my first trip to the Walt Disney Family Museum, I made a point to watch it because they have a great section on his travels to South America and the Disney Studios strike. It's really worth seeing.. Also I am a huge fan of The Three Caballeros!!! I can watch it over and over again, I don't think it get the credit it deserves:) thanks again DuchessπŸ˜€ - hatgal76  449.8 #489 10:31AM
Congrats to the happy couple. - PrincessAuroraMomma  596.0 #342 10:43AM
I can't wait to see wedding pics! Congrats to them. - erinten  539.9 #382 11:03AM
Great history! I've read about this trip a enjoyed the infusion of South American music and culture. PLUS you are a truly great friend. Best wishes to the happy couple. - Midasgold  633.3 #318 11:11AM
Thank you sir! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 7:33PM
WooHoo congrats πŸΈπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰ - iLOVELUCYnDISNEY  951.4 #196 11:12AM
Saw the movie documentary about El Grupo on cable a few years ago and it was fantastic. Wonderful footage of Walt dancing and having fun as well as Mary Blair And others. Also footage of the Disney strike at the Studio. - TrampsLady  1641.8 #102 11:31AM
best wishes cab!!! have an amazing day full of love! - OhanaPhoto  5191.9 #23 12:01PM
Thanks for the history and best wishes to the happy couple! Have a wonderful time. 😊 - MinnieMousewife  914.1 #201 12:17PM
Congrats to the happy couple on their special day! πŸ‘°πŸŽ©πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ - ribidib  1187.7 #147 12:41PM
Good morning.. I have yet to see any of these films. I did just watch the trailer with the link you provided, thank you very much. What an adventure. I will be checking the library for them. Although Trampslady posted Amazon has Walt & El Grupo. I am going to click the link in the right column (web version) and MW gets 5%..... everybody happy!..... speaking of happy. Congratulations to the happy couple may your years be long and most enjoyable! Wonderful Saturday's all around! - GrumpyPirateDad  1936.2 #86 12:42PM
Excellent suggestion about the MW amazon thing! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 7:35PM
Congrats and hope CAB and fiancΓ© have a wonderful long and happy life together!!! - sultan  45.4 #4973 12:45PM
Great history post and congrats to the happy couple.πŸ‘°πŸŽ© - RadiatorSprings4Ever  1566.2 #107 3:17PM
Thanks for another intriguing post Duchess and "Happy Saturday". :D - RapunzelledColey  138.0 #2918 9:15PM
Congratulations CAB!!! You looked gorgeous and happy!!! - Cinderella_Schnooks  3370.7 #42 8:46AM
Congrats CAB - E-Ticket  1466.6 #115 8:52AM
This was a great movie. - madsdad  1868.2 #92 9:25AM
I know we've seen Saludos Amigos and the Three Caballeros, because we own them. The girls have enjoyed them a lot! I enjoyed all the great wedding pix you posted! Congrats to the newly married couple, and I am looking forward to a few Disney Pix from them. As well! 😘 - MeridaFan  4243.7 #34 10:50AM
Congratulations CAB and hubby!! So happy for you both! - MissAmericaSings  405.9 #553 12:06PM

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