The Aracuan Bird (pronounced AIR-uh-kwan) is a wacky South American bird of undetermined type from The Three Caballeros and Melody Time. He later appeared in a few Donald Duck cartoons in which he drove Donald crazy. He was originally voiced by Pinto Colvig.
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 personalize 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.
Aracuan Bird is a pink bird with red hair, yellow beak and red tail feathers, white shirt with blue stripes (first appeared while wearing a yellow-and-green striped bathing-suit while swimming), orange legs. He has a Woody Woodpecker-like facial expression.
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'. The Aracuan does not speak, but only gives out vocal effects.
His first appearance, the Aracuan is contractual in the "Aves Arras" film Donald receives in his birthday gifts. His clownish nature continues throughout the sequence after his introduction and advanced on when Donald and Jose are traveling to Bahia on a train, he draws many tracks for the different train carts to follow with a piece of chalk.
Appearing in the "Blame it on the Samba" sequence, the Aracuan helps cure Donald and Jose of the blues with some music.
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.
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.
The Aracuan has a starring role in the episode "Donald and the Aracuan Bird", Mickey invites the bird to the club to do. Donald (thinking of his historical past with the Aracuan) is skeptical about the entire thing. Donald then tries to get rid of the bird and during its performance tries to dart him. Instead, Donald accidentally darts everyone in the club except the Aracuan. As the show ends the Aracuan 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. He drives Donald (Duck) crazy.
In the parade in Disneyland, The Bird Kerry can exist seen apart of Donald's Fiesta Fantastico unit as apart of the decor.
- Warren Spector, director of Epic Mickey, has stated the 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 had danced themselves into delusions of several classic Disney Movies in a jungle colleague, the Aracuan seems to exist the epitome of the son's title character, as fitting to this bird's personality.
- The Plains is certainly an exist force bird, but the Aracuan does not resemble that species at all.
- He looks like Woody Woodpecker, star of Universal, the company that bought Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Disney's original mascot.
Books and Comics: The Penguin That Hated the Cold | The Magnificent Seven (Minus 4) Caballeros | The Three Caballeros Ride Again | South of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948
Characters: Donald Duck | Goofy | José Carioca | Panchito Pistoles | Pedro | Mama Plane | Papa Plane | Aconcagua | Aracuan Bird | Burrito | Pablo and the Penguins | The Toy Bull | Flying Gauchito | Yaya
Segments: El Gaucho Goofy | Aquarela do Brasil | Pedro | Lake Titicaca | The Cold-Blooded Penguin | The Flying Gauchito | Baía | Los Posadas | Mexico: Pátzcuaro, Veracuz and Acapulco | Donald's Surreal Reverie
Characters: Joe | Jenny | Johnny Appleseed | Johnny's Angel | Old Settler | Little Toot | Big Toot | Police tugboats | Whitey | Donald Duck | José Carioca | Aracuan Bird | Pecos Bill | Slue-Foot Sue | Widowmaker | Rustlers |
Other characters: Figaro | Mortimer Mouse | Clara Cluck | José Carioca | Panchito Pistoles | Humphrey the Bear | J. Audubon Woodlore | The Phantom Blot | Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse | Chief O'Hara | Millie and Melody Mouse | Butch the Bulldog | Yen Sid | Magic Brooms | Willie the Giant | Beagle Boys | Oswald the Lucky Rabbit | Ortensia | Amelia Fieldmouse | Gus Goose | Salty | Launchpad McQuack | Webby Vanderquack | Cuckoo Loca | Roxanne | P.J. | Bobby Zimmeruski | Stacey | Grandma Duck | Gladstone Gander | April, May and June