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The music just didn't appeal to me and the short was generally boring
to me, in spite of some nice colorful animation.
One oddity: Although José Oliviera is credited for the voice of José
Carioca in "Saludos Amigos" and "Three Caballeros", I could swear that
his accent in "Aquarela" is a Paulista accent (from Sao Paulo), not
Carioca (from Rio de Janeiro), which is quite different.
José Carioca is frequently called "Zé Carioca" in Brazil and has
become a favorite Disney character there, with a very successful comic
book series to his credit. I actually learned quite a bit of Portuguese
from Zé Carioca comic books. He has a wonderfully cheerful but saucy
attitude, as affable as Mickey Mouse but as unpredictable as Donald
Duck. His straw boater, bow tie and cane are meant to represent the
Brazilan "old school" gentleman, now mythical.
By the way, Donald Duck has a perfect "gringo pato" accent in "Aquarela",
meaning a silly American pronunciation; but literally translated the
expression means "silly American duck". I wonder if the Brazilian expression
stems from "Saludos" and "Caballeros"?
Joe Cariocas is a very funny character and with the syncopated samba,
he comes alive. Brilliant soundtrack and wonderful acting by Donald