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

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Disney Editions, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 335 pages
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Millions of viewers have enjoyed Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros without realizing that these Disney 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 as head of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (CIAA), a new government post created by President Roosevelt in 1940. Beginning with the extraordinary research trip Disney undertook in 1941, leading a team comprising his top animators, artists, and writers from Mexico to Chile, renowned animation historian J. B. Kaufman reveals the story behind Disney’s contribution to Rockefeller’s program. Based on extraordinarily 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.

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

User Review  - Patty - Goodreads

A detailed look at the film results of Walt Disney's travels in South and Central America. Lots of great pictures and commentary. Read full review

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

User Review  - James - Goodreads

Absolutely fascinating. Everything you could ever want to know about Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros and the educational and entertainment shorts that Disney produced in conjunction with the Good Neighbor program. Read full review

About the author (2009)

J. B. Kaufman is a film historian and one of the world's premier Disney scholars, and has dedicated his life to the films and other works of the Disney corporation, as well as other films of the early 20th century. He travels and speaks widely, and represents the Walt Disney Family Foundation at prestigious seminars and lectures around the world.

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