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Aconcagua, the Walt Disney version – a harsh character

Pedro_and_Aconcagua-205x300Walt Disney released a short film (‘Saludos Amigos’) in 1942, where a segment features Mt Aconcagua and its encounter with Pedro, the main character.

It is the first of the six Disney “Package films” made during WW2, when many members of the production staff were drafted into the war. Due to the scarcity of resources, only multiple shorter segments were produced instead of full stories. ‘Saludos Amigos’ was popular enough that Walt Disney decided to make another film (eventually more popular amongst Disney followers) about Latin America (‘the Three Caballeros’), to be produced two years later. The film was made partially because several Latin American governments had close ties with Nazi Germany, and the US government wanted to counteract those ties.

One of the segments of Saludos Amigos features ‘Pedro’, a small anthropomorphic child-airplane that 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 Aconcagua on his way back, but manages to make it to Chile unscathed in the end.

Watch the movie here

An illustration of Pedro and Aconcagua from a book called Walt Disney’s Treasury, c.1950.

Sources: DisneyWiki, Wikipedia

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