Zé Carioca turns 70

In the midst of World War Two, Walt Disney “discovered” Latin America at the instigation of the US government. In an effort to bind the region to the Allies Disney embarked on a series of animated shorts to make Latin Americans, and Brazilians (who provided critical naval and airbase facilities in the Northeast) feel part of the family. One of the stars of this effort was a little parrot named Zé Carioca, the embodiment of the Disney view of Rio de Janeiro. Zé pops up about halfway though this clip:

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