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The Aracuan Bird (pronounced AIR-uh-kwan) is a wacky South American bird of an undetermined species who appears in the Disney animated feature films The Three Caballeros and Melody Time.

Background

The Aracuan Bird is an odd species of tropical bird (even described in the film Donald was watching that first revealed it to him as "one of the most eccentric birds ever seen") that got its personalized first name from a song that it sings. It has the power to do the impossible (this includes, but is not limited to, simple cartoon antics like reaching out of a film reel image to shake someone's hand). It is aforesaid to exist seen everywhere, most notably South America.

Voice

Aracuan Bird has a wacky, high-pitched, sped-up voice, done by Goofy's voice actor Pinto Colvig. Colvig also provided the Aracuan's distinctive song in The Three Caballeros and Clown of the Jungle.

Today Frank Welker provides his wacky, high-pitched, speedy voice, but without the use of the distinctive 'Aracuan bird song'.

In Legend of the Three Caballeros, Dee Bradley Baker provides the bird's wacky, high-pitched, speedy voice, even using the distinctive "Aracuan bird song", hence marking the first time the song is used again in 70 years.

The Aracuan does not speak, but only gives out vocal effects, except for in House of Mouse when he speaks while disguised as someone, but never as himself or in his natural voice.

Physical appearance

Aracuan Bird is a pink bird with red hair, yellow beak, and red tail feathers, a white shirt with a blue stripe (first appeared while wearing a yellow-and-green striped bathing suit while swimming), orange legs. He has a Woody Woodpecker-like facial expression.

Appearances

The Three Caballeros

His first appearance, the Aracuan is contractual in the "Aves Raras" film Donald receives in his birthday gifts. His clownish nature continues throughout the sequence after his introduction and advanced on when Donald and José are traveling to Bahia on a train, he draws many tracks for the different train carts to follow with a piece of chalk.

Melody Time

Appearing in the "Blame It on the Samba" sequence, the Aracuan helps cure Donald and José of the blues with some music.

Clown of the Jungle

While traveling through the jungle to photograph rare birds, Donald runs afoul of the Aracuan, who keeps thwarting his attempts to photograph him and other birds.

Mickey Mouse Works

In the cartoon "Bird Brained Donald", Donald and Daisy take a trip to the zoo where Donald encounters the Aracuan Bird and spends the day trying to take a picture of it for Daisy. In the end, Donald fails.

House of Mouse

The Aracuan Bird makes a cameo in the first episode "The Stolen Cartoons" when he was shaking hands with Donald in a fast way.  The Aracuan Bird has a starring role in the episode "Donald and the Aracuan Bird", Mickey invites the Aracuan Bird to the club to perform. Donald is skeptical about the entire thing. Donald then tries to get rid of the Aracuan Bird and during his performance, he tries to dart him. Instead, Donald accidentally darts everyone in the club except the Aracuan Bird and Aurora. As the show ends, the Aracuan Bird begins to make his way home, sad that he has to leave until Mickey offers him to stay at the club with them. He is also shown to exist a master of disguise, often impersonating others using full-body suits and flawlessly mimicking their voices. During the episode, the Aracuan disguises himself as Jafar, Pluto, Goofy, Donald, and Mickey.

The Aracuan Bird also compels an emergence in the episode "Ask Von Drake" during the Ludwig Von Drake song. Other than these two episodes, his other appearances in the shows are cameos.

Legend of the Three Caballeros

The Aracuan Bird, nicknamed Ari, is a supporting character in the series, serving as the handyman that maintains Clinton Coot's adventuring cabana. In the pilot episode "Dope-a Cabana" the character sings its distinctive "Aracuan bird song" for the first time since Clown of the Jungle, it frequently sings the song.

Video games

World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

Saw-billed birds resembling the Aracuan Bird appeared in the hedge maze area of the Alice in Wonderland level.  When Mickey or Donald flourishes their cape at them, they will cut holes through the floor that leads to other areas.

Printed media

There are some Brazilian comics where Dickie Duck is the protagonist, and she is part of a group of teenagers. In this group, Aracuan is a quirky teenager named Folião (roughly, Portuguese for "happy-go-luck person").

Disney Parks

Disneyland

In Mickey's Soundsational Parade, the Aracuan was seen as apart of Donald's Fiesta Fantastico unit.

Gallery

Wiki
The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Aracuan Bird/Gallery.

Trivia

  • Warren Spector, director of Epic Mickey, has stated the Aracuan Bird is one of his favorite Disney characters.
  • In the music video for the Parachute Express song "Dr. Looney's Remedy", when the musical group seemed to have danced themselves into delusions of several classic Disney Movies in a jungle collage, the Aracuan seems to exist the epitome of the son's title character, as fitting to this bird's personality.
  • There is a real bird called the Aracaun, more often called the plain chachalaca. However, it does not resemble the bird in the movie.

References


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Disney Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros Logos
Media
Saludos Amigos (Video) (Soundtrack) • The Three Caballeros (Video) (Soundtrack) • Walt Disney anthology seriesHouse of MouseMickey and the Roadster RacersSouth of the Border with DisneyWalt & El GrupoLegend of the Three Caballeros

Books: The Penguin That Hated the ColdThe Three Caballeros Ride AgainThe Magnificent Seven (Minus 4) CaballerosSouth of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948
Segments: El Gaucho GoofyAquarela do BrasilPedroLake TiticacaThe Cold-Blooded PenguinThe Flying GauchitoBaíaLas PosadasMexico: Pátzcuaro, Veracuz and AcapulcoDonald's Surreal Reverie

Disney Parks
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three CaballerosIt's a Small WorldMickey Mouse Revue

Entertainment: Let's Party Gras!Max LIVE: Gettin’ Goofy With It
Restaurants: Mickey & Pals Market Café
Parade: Disney's Party ExpressMickey's Soundsational Parade
Firework: Wonderful World of Animation
Spring: Fashionable Easter
Summer: Soryo Kobu
Halloween: Goofy's Skeletoons Street Party
Christmas: Mickey's Most Merriest CelebrationWorld of Color: Season of Light

Characters
Saludos Amigos: Donald DuckPedroMama PlanePapa PlaneAconcaguaGoofyJosé Carioca
The Three Caballeros: Panchito PistolesPabloPenguinsAracuan BirdBurritoFlying GauchitoYayaToy Bull

Members of the Saludos Amigos Artist Tour: Walt DisneyFrank ThomasLee BlairMary BlairNorman Ferguson
Legend of the Three Caballeros: XandraDaisy DuckApril, May, and JuneBaron Von SheldgooseLord Felldrake SheldgooseLeopold the HorribleHumphrey the BearEugenia Ferdinand-FerdinandClinton CootPeteSpike the BeeGaryDapper DuckGeorge WashingtonAbraham LincolnThomas JeffersonTeddy RooseveltKing ArthurMerlin

Episodes
Legend of the Three Caballeros
"Dope-a Cabana" • "Labyrinth and Repeat" • "Pyramid-Life Crisis" • "World Tree Caballeros" • "No Man Is an Easter Island" • "Stonehenge Your Bets" • "Mount Rushmore or Less" • "Nazca Racing" • "Mexico à Go-Go" • "Mt. Fuji Whiz" • "Thanks a Camelot" • "Shangri-La-Di-Da" • "Sheldgoose Square Dance"
Songs
Saludos Amigos: Saludos AmigosLa Blanca PalomaEscravos de Jó Aquarela do BrasilTico-Tico no Fubá
The Three Caballeros: BaíaHave You Been to Baía?Pandeiro & FluteOs Quindins de YayáThe Three CaballerosLas PosadasMexicoJarabe PateñoLilongoYou Belong to My HeartLa ZandungaJesusita en Chihuahua
Legend of the Three Caballeros: Moai VacationGoblin JailDraw the Line
Others: We Are The Three CaballerosMy Name is PanchitoPagode na Disney
Locations
South AmericaBrazilMexicoArgentinaChilePeruUruguay
Deleted Concepts
Pluto and the ArmadilloThe Laughing GauchitoCaxangaCuban CarnivalThe Hornero BirdBlame It on the SambaMiguelito Maracas


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Melody Time Logo
Media
Melody TimeHouse of MouseVideo

Segments: Once Upon a WintertimeBumble BoogieThe Legend of Johnny AppleseedLittle TootTreesBlame It on the SambaPecos Bill

Disney Parks
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & CafeWonderful World of Animation
Characters
Master of CeremoniesJoeJennyBumbleJohnny AppleseedJohnny's AngelLittle TootBig TootDonald DuckJosé CariocaAracuan BirdPecos BillSlue-Foot SueWidowmakerVultures
Locations
New York CityTexasSouth America
Songs
Melody TimeOnce Upon a WintertimeThe Lord is Good to MeGet on the Wagon Rolling WestThere's a Lot of Work Out There to DoApple FeastLittle TootTreesBlame It on the SambaBlue Shadows on the TrailSweet SuePecos Bill


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Media
Films: Mickey Mouse short film series Donald Duck short film series Goofy short film series Pluto short film series Chip and Dale short film series Fantasia Saludos Amigos The Three Caballeros Fun and Fancy Free Melody Time DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Disney's The Twelve Days of Christmas A Goofy Movie Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Fantasia 2000 An Extremely Goofy Movie Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of MouseMickey's House of VillainsMickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three MusketeersMickey's Twice Upon a Christmas

Television: The Mickey Mouse Club The Wonderful World of Disney DuckTales Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Darkwing Duck Goof Troop Quack Pack Mickey's Fun SongsMickey Mouse WorksHouse of MouseMickey Mouse ClubhouseMinnie's Bow-ToonsMickey Mouse DuckTalesMickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures Legend of the Three Caballeros Mickey Go Local The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse Funhouse

Disney Parks
Mickey's ToontownMickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

Parade: Main Street Electrical Parade
Fireworks: Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightDisney Dreams!Celebrate! Tokyo DisneylandWorld of ColorWe Love Mickey!

Characters
The Sensational Six: Mickey MouseMinnie MouseDonald DuckDaisy DuckGoofyPluto

Secondary characters: Chip and DalePeteClarabelle CowHorace HorsecollarClara CluckHuey, Dewey, and LouieScrooge McDuckLudwig Von Drake
Characters from Walt Disney Animation Studios: José CariocaPanchito PistolesHumphrey the BearMax GoofJ. Audubon WoodloreFigaroButch the BulldogMortimer MouseFifi the PekeDinah the DachshundAracuan BirdSalty the SealLouie the Mountain LionSpike the BeeLonesome GhostsOswald the Lucky RabbitOrtensiaBunny ChildrenThe Mad DoctorYen SidMagic BroomsWillie the GiantWeaselsPeter PigWitch HazelDonna DuckWilbur the GrasshopperP.J.Clarice
Characters from comic stories: Phantom BlotMorty and Ferdie FieldmouseChief O'HaraMillie and Melody MouseGyro GearlooseGus GooseBeagle BoysGrandma DuckGladstone GanderMagica De SpellFlintheart GlomgoldSylvester ShysterTrudy Van TubbFelicity FieldmouseApril, May, and JuneDella Duck
Characters from Disney Television Animation: Baby ShelbyThe TroubadourLaunchpad McQuackWebby VanderquackBentina BeakleyDuckworthGizmoDuckBubba the Cave DuckDarkwing DuckGosalyn MallardXandraBaron Von SheldgoosePeg PetePistol PeteRoxanneBobby ZimmeruskiSylvia MarpoleBradley Uppercrust IIITankGadget HackwrenchMonterey JackZipperFat CatBilly BeagleEmmy LouToodlesCuckoo-Loca

Key artists
Producers and directors: Walt Disney • Burt Gillett • Wilfred JacksonDavid HandDick HuemerJack HannahJack KingBill JusticeTad StonesRoy E. DisneyBobs GannawayPaul Rudish

Designers and animators: Ub IwerksNorman FergusonLes ClarkArt BabbittDick LundyFrank ThomasOllie JohnstonFred MooreFloyd GottfredsonTed OsborneAl TaliaferroCarl BarksDon RosaAndreas DejaMark HennMichael Peraza Jr.Eric Goldberg
Composers: Carl Starling • Oliver WallaceJimmie DoddMark Watters • Christopher Willis
Voice actors: Marcellite GarnerPinto ColvigBilly BletcherClarence NashJimmy MacDonaldBill ThompsonPaul FreesWayne AllwineTony AnselmoRussi TaylorAlan YoungWill RyanBill FarmerCorey BurtonTress MacNeilleJim CummingsBret Iwan

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