Disney Songs – Saludos Amigos

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Saluso- Salad ass – que? ‘What the balls is Saludos Amigos’, I hear you bellow. It’s a Disney movie, you ignorant! Yeah, some guy who didn’t like the fact that some other guys were allowed the same rights and freedoms that he was afforded decided to tear up most of the world back in the 1940s. Ha! How we all laugh now, nothing like that could ever happen again because no-one like that would ever rise to power agai- yeah, you see where I’m going with this. Everyone was strapped for cash in those days, even the mighty Disney, and while the rest of the world was being sent to die or being killed in their homes, somebody had to keep making entertainment, albeit on a tighter budget. Step forward the rarely remembered Disney package films – movies which were really a series of existing and/or new shorts, bundled together to keep the kids slightly less terrified of the mess adults make of the world until Uncle Sam and Squinty Old Churchill had sent Mr Hitler off to the Shite Gig In The Dirt (killed him).

Saludos Amigos was the first of these such films, a weird one which clearly panders to South American audiences and attempts to ease frictions, while reminding insular US patriots that those south of the border actually had running water, electricity, and weren’t still herding around in the jungle undergrowth eating each other or whatever. It also has some songs. These ones:

Saludos Amigos‘ opens with dramatic violins but rapidly descends into the usually torrid male vocals of the time singing about friendship, before fading out of sight and mind.

Aquarela do Brasil’ features Donald getting pissed on the local sauce, his hiccups setting the beat. There’s then a bunch of trumpets and samba stuff and singing – if you live in Britain and watched any of the 2012 World Cup, you’ll have heard this song – ‘Brazil! Brazil!’ etc.

Tico-Tico‘ is more hyperactive Samba, with rolling beats and whistles and all the rest. There’s a lot of other instrumental music in the movie, but this one stands out a little more.

Not a lot to say about these then, and only worth another listen if you’re into South American oldies. They’re never going to make anyone’s playlist outside of the most ardent flag-waving Disney cultist but like all of Disney’s stuff it’s worth a one time watch or listen.

Let us know in the comments what you think of this one!

Disney Songs – Bambi

Ba ba ba ba ba Bambiiiii! Well, this is going to be a short one. You know, I maintain that Bambi still has some of, if not the best animated animals ever. There are so many moments in the film that still astonish – the subtle twist of an ear or way an animal walks – all perfect. In the musical department… not so much. Not that you expect a film like this to have memorable songs. Lets go.

Love Is A Song‘ is an Oscar nominated song, but what does it really have to do with the story of Bambi? The vocals are weird and old timey, but the actual melody of the title is memorable. The rest of the song is the usual mix of dreary choral voices and strings that sends me up the wall, across the ceiling, up the chimney, and beyond.

Little April Shower‘ is probably the most obvious stand out song here, mostly because it is so catchy. Even the creepy childish voices singing don’t hurt it much. This is definitely a song to hear a good singer cover. It all gets a bit muddled with the multiple voices coming in, but that suits the scene and what is going on in the movie.

Lets Sing A Gay Little Spring Song‘ deserves one statement only. All together now – WTF!

Looking For Romance‘ is a weird one – more weird semi operatic vocals with blasting strings. I quite like the chorus though, again it would be better with just one voice – a good voice.

So… the Bambi soundtrack is one to skip, at least the songs. Some of the other music is great – especially the music that tells you Man (Jaws) is coming. And the movie itself is fabulous. Can’t win ’em all. Let us know in the comments if there are any favourites here.