The Three Caballeros (1944)

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Donald receives his birthday gifts, which include traditional gifts and information about Brazil (hosted by Zé Carioca) and Mexico (by Panchito, a Mexican Charro Rooster).

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15 January 2011 | Doylenf
7
| An odd mixture of pure delight and explosive surreal animation...
Walt Disney's outreach to the South American market resulted in a couple of films--SALUDOS AMIGOS was the first, and THE THREE CABALLEROS came next. To make a comparison, I'd have to see "SA" again, but I do recall that it had some charming musical sequences.

The same is true of THE THREE CABALLEROS, especially when the musical score includes the title song (delightully done by Panchito, Jose Carioca and Donald Duck), and repeated throughout, and ballads such as YOU BELONG TO MY HEART and HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO BAIA? All of them are performed with some fantastic art work and animation combining live action and cartoon characters.

The last fifteen minutes seems to be scrambling for a way to keep the viewer's attention with some explosive fireworks and a dazzling display of surrealism, minus any conception of a way to end the movie on a high note. The film itself is uneven, offering typical Disney animation for the flying donkey sequence and then resorting to over-the-top fireworks that outdo the Pink Elephants number from DUMBO.

But it's hard to resist the bouncy South American flavor of the score and the charming characterizations of Donald, Panchito and Jose Carioca. The stylized conception of a Mexican Christmas by artist Mary Blair is a standout among the art work involved here, although later the piñata sequence is a bit overwhelming in effects.

The dazzling color and the music make it worth watching at least once, although it's hard to make a comparison between this and other Disney full-length features. Some of the action is fast and furious but the sort of thing that will appeal to very young children.

Summing up: You will either love it or hate it, but if you're a Disney fan you should see it at least once.

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Trivia

While "Three Caballeros" was the first appearance of Panchito Pistoles in film, it was not really the debut of the character. To help promote the upcoming film, Panchito was introduced in the Disney comics in 1943. His first appearance was the text story "La Piñata" (August, 1943). He then got his first starring role in the 10-page story "Panchito" (November, 1943), where he romances Clara Cluck.


Quotes

Narrator: Aves raras.
Donald Duck: ¿Aves raras?
Narrator: Si, señor. That means "strange birds".
Donald Duck: Oh, sure, sure! I know! Birds!
Narrator: Yes, amigo, your feathered cousins. You know, Donald, you have more relatives here than there are coffee beans in Brazil.


Goofs

While performing magic to make himself larger, Donald is shown with 3 hands and 1 foot.


Crazy Credits

In the end of the movie, the fireworks exploding of the title "Fin", "Fim" and "The End".


Alternate Versions

The title sequence on the Buena Vista version is a bit different from that of the RKO version. The Buena Vista version omits, on the title, the phrase, "In Technicolor", which the RKO version has; it only says, "Technicolor". Also, whereas the RKO version simply dissolves from the RKO title card to the "Walt Disney Presents" card, there is a fade through black between the Buena Vista card and the "Walt Disney Presents" card. The "Walt Disney" font is also slightly different on the Buena Vista version: slightly stretched and narrow and not as bolded and thick, which is the case on the RKO version. Also, the lettering for the Buena Vista version was redone.


Soundtracks

You Belong To My Heart (Solamente una vez)
Music and Spanish Lyrics by
Agustín Lara
English Lyrics by Ray Gilbert (1944) (uncredited)
Sung by Dora Luz (uncredited)

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Animation | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical

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