PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,

Walt Disney, fighting Nazis in South America

"Near the end of the 1930s, the Nazis were making inroads in Latin America. To quell that momentum, President Roosevelt named Nelson Rockefeller head of a special agency - a veritable international chamber of commerce and cultural exchange agency - that sent various Hollywood celebrities to visit these countries to, in effect, win the hearts and minds of the people. Hollywood was even asked to include Latin American themes in its movies to bolster good will. One such celebrity ambassador was Walt Disney, who traveled the area during the late summer of 1941. Disney saw the trip as an opportunity to look for 'new songs, dances, plots and personalities for our cartoons.'"

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