After watching Oliver Stone's new documentary South of the Border, in which he travels around Latin America to hang out with world leaders such as Hugo Chavez and Raul Castro, I kept thinking of it as a modern day equivalent of 1940s Disney films Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros. It's a bit of a stretch, but Stone serves much like Donald Duck does in those animation/live-action hybrids. He's a celebrated character serving as a cultural ambassador in a goodwill tour of nations south of the border.

The main differences here are that the JFK director and his new friends are not cartoons (at least not literally) and that, as the film focuses on, the U.S. and many Central and South American countries currently have the opposite of FDR's Good Neighbor policy. Also, Stone doesn't get introduced to different Latin American dances or women (whitewashed or otherwise), though he does get down with some coca leaf chewing with Bolivia's President Evo Morales. Other similar photo opportunities include a little futbol pass between those two men and an earlier visit to Chavez's childhood home, where el Presidente humorously collapses a child's bike beneath his weight.
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