100 Facts About the Wartime Era

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This week is slightly different to the weeks gone by. This week is dedicated to an entire era. During WWII, budget as low and Walt Disney did not make feature length movies. Instead, he made what went on to be called, package movies; movies made up of smaller shorts and stories. This week is dedicated to these movies as a whole.

  1. The Package Era describes the movies made by Walt Disney between 1943 and 1949.
  2. This was during the time of World War II.
  3. Walt Disney faced lower budgets and a smaller team of animators available due to the war effort.
  4. The six films included in the Package Era, are comprised of multiple shorts instead of being one long solo movie.
  5. During this era, Disney Studios also created wartime propaganda including anti-Nazi commercials and fliers that encouraged citizens to support the war.
  6. The films in this era are Saludos Amigos, the Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad.
  7. Saludos Amigos was the first movie to be released during the Package Era.
  8. It was set in Latin America and is made up of four segments.
  9. Donald Duck stars in two of these segments.
  10. Goofy stars in one segment.
  11. Saludos Amigos also features the first appearance of Jose Carioca.
  12. This movie only lasts 42 minutes and is the shortest Disney animated feature.
  13. In one segment of this movie, Donald Duck visits Lake Titicaca and learns of the lake’s traditions.
  14. Pedro the anthropomorphic airplane goes on his first journey and faces many hardships along the way.
  15. Goofy is seen as a gaucho in Argentina and having to deal with a very naughty horse.
  16. Donald emerges from a beautiful painting of a Brazilian jungle before drinking a spicy hot drink and dancing the samba with Jose.
  17. The original score for this movie was composed by Edward H. Plumb, Paul J. Smith and Charles Wolcott.
  18. Saludos Amigos was nominated for three Oscars.
  19. These were for Best Musical Score, Best Original Song and Best Sound Recording.
  20. The film included a mix of classic Disney animation and live action sequences.
  21. The scene of Goofy smoking in El Gaucho Goofy was edited out of the home release video in 2000 and the 2008 joint release with The Three Caballeros.
  22. An uncensored and uncut version was released on June 14th
  23. The Three Caballeros premiered in Mexico City on December 21st
  24. It was released in the United States on February 3rd 1945 and in the UK that March.
  25. The Three Caballeros is a canon sequel to Saludos Amigos.
  26. The film is a series of small segments that are kept together by Donald Duck who is opening birthday presents from his Latin American friends.
  27. The film was produced as part of a good will message to South America.
  28. This film is the first appearance of Panchito Pistoles, a pistol packing rooster.
  29. The first segment tells the story of Pablo the penguin who is fed up of the South Pole and wants to move somewhere warmer.
  30. The Flying Gauchito shows the story of a little boy and his flying donkey.
  31. The next scene is a pop-up book tour through the state of Baia in Brazil.
  32. In this segment, Donald falls in love with one of the females played by singer, Aurora Miranda.
  33. Las Posadas is the story of a group of Mexican children who recreated the journey of Mary and Joseph.
  34. Posada is the word for Inn.
  35. Panchito gives Donald and Jose a tour of Mexico.
  36. In Mexico, Donald falls in love with another singing woman.
  37. The final scene in the movie is similar to Pink Elephants on parade as it a rush of colour and is seen as trippy.
  38. You Belong To My Heart was recorded at a later date by Bing Crosby
  39. The complete Baia scene was cut from a theatrical reissue of the film in 1977.
  40. During the titular son, Panchito is singing the line ‘we have the stars to guide us’ but both his and Joses mouth are moving.
  41. Make Mine Music is the third film in the Package Era.
  42. This film was entered into the 1946 Cannes Film Festival.
  43. The film holds a 67% positive review on Rotten Tomatoes
  44. This film is split into 10 segments.
  45. Make Mine Musics’ sole home video was release was in 2000.
  46. The movie was released on laserdisc in Japan on October 21, 1985.
  47. It was finally released on DVD in the UK on July 15th
  48. Prior to this only two segments had previously been released to home video.
  49. In the 1980s, ‘The Martin and The Coys’ was removed as it contained graphic gunplay that was considered unsuitable for small children.
  50. Peter and the Wolf is featured in Disneyland Paris’ Storybook Land Canal Boats.
  51. Willie the Whale appears in a queue poster at Mickey’s PhilharMagic.
  52. Casey at the Bat is represented in Casey’s Corner on main Street USA in various Disney parks.
  53. It is the only one of Disney Animated Classics to not be released on Region 4 DVD in Australia.
  54. Fun and Fancy Free is the fourth package film of the Era.
  55. This film contains the last time Walt Disney voiced Mickey Mouse himself.
  56. This film only contains two segments,
  57. The first is a story about Bongo the circus bear who runs away from the circus.
  58. This story is told by Dinah Shore.
  59. In a rerelease of this movie, Bongo was narrated by Cliff Edwards.
  60. This segment was based on an original story by Sinclair Lewis.
  61. The second segment is Mickey and the Beanstalk.
  62. This was narrated by Edgar Bergen.
  63. The song ‘I’m A Happy Go Lucky Fellow’ that is sung by Jiminy Cricket was originally written for Pinocchio
  64. Bongo and Mickey and the Beanstalk were originally going to full length feature films.
  65. The film was released on September 27th
  66. In some VHS releases, the scream the harp makes when the giant first picks her up is edited out.
  67. Gideon and J. Worthington Foulfellow were set to make an appearance in Mickey and the Beanstalk as con artists who sell Mickey the beans.
  68. This was cut and replaced with a scene where Minnie gives Mickey the beans.
  69. Melody Time is seen as a contemporary version of Fantasia.
  70. It is the fifth package film of the era.
  71. Melody Time was released in the UK in December 1948.
  72. Once Upon a Wintertime features Frances Langford singing a song about two young lovers in the month of December.
  73. Bumble Boogie contains music created by Freddie Martin and his orchestra.
  74. The Legend of Johnny Appleseed is retold in this movie by Dennis Day who narrates and provides all the voices.
  75. Little Toot was based on a poem by Hardie Gramatky about a small tugboat.
  76. The song heard throughout this segment was sang by The Andrews Sisters.
  77. Fred Waring recites the poem Trees by Alfred Joyce Kilmer.
  78. The Dinning Sisters provide vocals for Blame It On The Samba.
  79. Ethel Smith plays the organ.
  80. The films finale is a retelling of the tale Pescos Bill by Roy Rogers, who provides the narration.
  81. The entire film was produced at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank California.
  82. It was made with 35mm film negatives.
  83. Melody Time was the last movie the Andrews sisters took part in.
  84. Many of the seven segments were later released as shorts in their own right.
  85. There are many references to the Pecos Bill segment in Frontierland of Magic Kingdom.
  86. The latest release of this movie was on VHS and DVD on June 6th
  87. The final film in the package era was The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad.
  88. The two segments in this film were based on The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
  89. The Adventures of Mr Toad was narrated by Basil Rathbone.
  90. The Story of Ichabod Crane was narrated by Bing Crosby.
  91. This film was released in Mexico on October 10th
  92. After its original release, the movie was split by Disney into two separate segments in the 1950s.
  93. When first split, the Ichabod segment was released as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
  94. The Toad segment was released as The Wind in the Willows.
  95. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad was released in it’s full for the first time on home video in 1988.
  96. Mr Toad has his own restaurant called Toad Hall in Disneyland Paris.
  97. Toad Hall also features in the Storybook Land Canal Boats in Disneyland Paris.
  98. The Headless Horseman from The Sleepy Hollow segment headline the Boo to You Halloween parade at the Magic Kingdom.
  99. In 1978, The Wind in the Willows segment was rereleased to theatres under the name The Madcap Adventures of Mr Toad.
  100. Mr Toad, the weasels, Ichabod, Katrina, the Headless Horseman and Tilda are all guests at the House of Mouse.

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9 thoughts on “100 Facts About the Wartime Era

  1. Ah thank you for making such an interesting post! I’ll be honest, despite being a huge Disney fan, I haven’t actually watched any of the films from this era. I knew of them but your post is pushing me to watch them now! Thank you 🙂 xx



  2. This is so interesting, especially knowing all of these were being made during the wartime era, and I haven’t actually seen many of these, in fact, the only ones I’ve watched from this era is the final one with Sleepy Hollow and Mr Toad, so it was really fun to read about them and all of the others. This series has been so much fun to read so far, love it. – Tasha


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