Blame It on the Samba
Studio: Disney Release Date : May 27, 1948
Cumulative rating: No Ratings Posted


Donald and Jose are down in the dumps until the Arucan Bird introduces them to the pleasures of the samba!


Donald Duck
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)
Jose Carioca
The Aracuan Bird

Included in:

Melody Time
Music Land
Music for Everybody


  • Released as part of the Disney feature "Meldoy Time"


Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 34)


United States

Melody Time


Donalds Hitparade
Melodie Tanz Rhythmus


Lo Scrigno Delle Sette Perle

Laserdisc (CLV)


Mickey Loves Minnie
Melody Time
I Love Donald
Mickey's Jungle Trouble


United States

Melody Time


Musik, Tanz und Rhythmus


Melodie Cocktail


Lo Scrigno delle Sette Perle

United Kingdom

Melody Time


Melody Time

Technical Specifications

Animation Type: Combined Live-Action and Standard Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English

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From Robby Brawn :

The combination of animation and the live action of Ethel Smith doing her tricks on the organ, could well have been something created by much more sophisticated technology. Ethel's unique style is perfect for this sequence. I've watched it more times than I could count and am still amazed!

From Eric Hernandez :

Wow. Ever since seeing the Three Caballeros I really wanted to see this short seeing as how it had Jose Carioca and Donald together again. And I finally got the chance to see it, and I really liked it.

The Aracuan Bird is one wacky cool character. He gets Donald and Jose out of the blues, and dancing to the various beats of the samba. He ends up mixing a cocktail that includes them, and then the live action starts with Ethel Smith playing the organ. This would've been a perfect short to include in the Three Caballeros or Saludos Amigos. The whole short is a mix of wackiness and psychadelia.

From Grace :

This is my another favorite " Melody Time" cartoons. It really makes me wanna dance and feel happy whenever I feel sad and blue. By watching it the music really makes you wanna get out of the couch and dance, Ethel Smith is really pretty and talented, The Dinning Sisters are perfect for the song and it's just great. I highly recommend it. Watch it and enjoy the passion of the samba!

From Baruch Weiss :

This is also another great short. The music is very lively!

From Disney Fan :

I have to admit, this is very surreal at parts, but it's really cool. The bright colors and lively music make me feel happy whenever I see it. I had always wondered how the live action and animation were put together before computers, and I don't want to know. It spoils the "magic" of it all. I think that it was the best part of Melody Time.

From Bryan Hensley :

This short comes from Disney's 10th animated classic Melody Time! It shows Donald and Jose together again since The Three Caballeros, feeling down in the dumps. Luckily, the Aracuan bird got them in the mood to dance to the samba! Too bad, Jose wasn't seen again until Mickey MouseWorks in 1999... as far as I can tell. If you like to dance to great music from South America, then this Melody Time short is for you. Not to mention both movies in Disney's Classic Caballeros Collection DVD!

From Ayla M Sozundendonmez :

I heard of the short before. I have seen this "Melody Time" only about 29 times and I love it. And plus,I've drawn so many fanarts of José when I was only 13 years old and I felt more like a kid again when I saw this bird. Oh and the part when Donald is seen under the organ along with the Aracuan bird,it's totally funny by the time. But,I'm giving this short five out of five stars because it's great. Yet another short made by Walt Disney himself in 1948 just before he died.