Donald Duck celebrates his birthday, Latin American style, in this collection of Disney cartoons from the World War II era. This colorful blend of live action and animation includes the Donald Duck cartoon "Don's Fountain of Youth" and "Pueblo Pluto." Academy Award Nominations: Best Sound Recording, Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
The Three Caballeros
The ever-popular and excitable Donald Duck stars in one of his greatest adventures -- a dazzling blend of live action and classic Disney animation bursting with south of the border sights and sounds! When Donald receives a magical collection of gifts from his Latin American friends, they become his passport to a fantastic musical journey with Joe Carioca and Panchito, the charro rooster. With these experts to guide him, Donald hops, skips, and jumps his way through every splash of local color -- each stop full of surprises and sensational songs!
On Donald Duck's birthday, his friends from South of the Border (Antarctica, Brazil, and Mexico) send gifts that bring their respective countries to life right before Donald's astonished eyes. A lively and funny mix of music, cartoon, and travelogue.
Disney Film |
Latin America |
Theatrical release: 1945. Rereleased 1977.
THE THREE CABALLEROS is the seventh full-length animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures.
Filmed in Technicolor, supervised by Natalie Kalmus, Morgan Padelford, and Phil Dike.
Additional performers: Almirante, Trio Calaveras, Ascension Del Rio Trio, and Padua Hills Players.
"The Three Caballeros" introduced the characters "Pablo the Penguin" and "Little Gauchito."
Aurora Miranda (who was the sister of Carmen Miranda) performs the musical numbers "Os Quindins de Yaya" and "Baia." Carmen Molina performs the "Jesusita" Chihuahua dance. Dora Luz performs "You Belong to My Heart."
This film is one of many U.S. movies that focused on Latin America during the 1940s in what was known as "the Good Neighbor Policy". At that time, the United States was concerned with winning South American support for the Allies in World War II; Brazil, for example, hesitated for quite a while before deciding which side to join in the war. In addition, with the European market virtually closed due to the fighting, U.S. studios hoped to sell their product to Latin America and thus recoup some of their losses abroad. This was Disney's second Latin American-based film; the first was "Saludos Amigos," an episodic short.