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Best of Brazil: When Walt Disney Came for a Visit

Here’s a fun little blast from the past. Walt Disney once came to Brazil with a team of animators as part of a good-will trip designed to shore up South American support for the Allies in World War II. The result was the movie The Three Caballeros, and Zé Carioca, Brazil’s very own Disney character.

The following is raw footage shot by the Disney crew while they were here, and narrated – for some reason – in Spanish.

Here is a list of some of the interesting things found in this video:

0:25 Walt Disney and his team setting up shop in a Rio hotel.

0:37 A Brazilian Independence Day (September 7th) Parade.

1:17 A patriotic demonstration in a stadium.

1:42 The streets of Rio.

1:53 The trolley that takes people up to the Christ the Redeemer statue.

1:59 The Christ the Redeemer statue.

2:16 Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar).

2:42 Copacabana Beach.

2:53 The Botanical Garden.

4:09 Artwork based on their visits.

4:48 The evolution of the Brazilian Disney character “Ze Carioca”.

5:00 Learning Brazilian music and dance.

5:37 A popular Brazilian game called Escravos de Jó (Job’s Slaves…no idea) played to this day.

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