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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 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.

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 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.

Physical appearance

Aracuan Bird is a pink bird with red hair, yellow beak, and red tail feathers, 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.

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 had 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.
  • The Plains is certainly an actual force bird, but the Aracuan does not resemble that species at all.

References


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Media
Saludos Amigos (video) • The Three Caballeros (video) • Walt Disney anthology seriesHouse of MouseSouth 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: Fashionable EasterLet's Party Gras!Max LIVE: Gettin’ Goofy With ItSoryo Kobu
Restaurants: Mickey & Pals Market Café
Parade: Mickey's Soundsational Parade
Halloween: Goofy's Skeletoons Street Party
Christmas: Mickey's Most Merriest CelebrationWorld of Color: Season of Light

Characters
Donald DuckGoofyJosé CariocaPanchito PistolesPedroMama PlanePapa PlaneAconcaguaAracuan BirdBurritoPabloPenguinsThe Toy BullFlying GauchitoYaya

Guest Stars: Walt DisneyFrank ThomasLee BlairMary BlairNorman Ferguson
Legend of the Three Caballeros: XandraDaisy DuckApril, May, and JuneBaron Von SheldgooseLord Felldrake SheldgooseLeopold the HorribleHumphrey the BearClinton CootDapper 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
The Three CaballerosYou Belong to My HeartWe Are The Three CaballerosMy Name is PanchitoSaludos AmigosMoai VacationGoblin JailDraw the Line
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 & Cafe
Characters
JoeJennyJohnny AppleseedJohnny's AngelLittle TootBig TootWhiteyDonald DuckJosé CariocaAracuan BirdPecos BillSlue-Foot SueWidowmaker
Locations
New York CityTexasSouth America


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Primary characters
Mickey MouseMinnie MouseDonald DuckDaisy DuckGoofyPluto
Secondary characters
Chip and DalePeteClarabelle CowHorace HorsecollarHuey, Dewey, and LouieScrooge McDuckMax GoofLudwig Von Drake
Other characters
FigaroMortimer MouseClara CluckJosé CariocaPanchito PistolesHumphrey the BearJ. Audubon WoodloreThe Phantom BlotMorty and Ferdie FieldmouseChief O'HaraMillie and Melody MouseButch the BulldogYen SidMagic BroomsWillie the GiantBeagle BoysOswald the Lucky RabbitOrtensiaFelicity FieldmouseGus GooseSaltyLaunchpad McQuackCuckoo LocaRoxanneP.J.Webby VanderquackGyro GearlooseMagica De Spell
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Celebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney Dreams!Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightWe Love Mickey!World of Color