Three Caballeros, The (1944)

“We’re three caballeros, three gay caballeros — they say we are birds of a feather.”

Synopsis:
Donald Duck and his two avian friends — parrot Panchito and rooster Jose Carioca — present musical information on South America and Mexico.

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Review:
Commissioned as part of the State Department’s “Good Neighbor Policy” with South America, Disney’s seventh feature-length film is a follow-up to its similarly themed predecessor, Saludos Amigos (1942). Like Saludos, it’s more a series of vignettes than a cohesive narrative, and should be viewed primarily as a historical curio. With that said, some of the animation is pretty far-out (especially in the latter-half of the film), and several of the vignettes — including the first one, an amusing tale about a cold-blooded penguin who emigrates to a tropical island — make the movie worth sitting through at least once.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Impressive early experimentation with simultaneous live action/cartoon
    Live Action
  • Some truly psychedelic animation
    Surrealism

Must See?
No, though most film fanatics will likely be curious to check it out.

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One Response to “Three Caballeros, The (1944)”

  1. More or less in agreement here; not a must.

    It’s true that things pick up significantly in the mid-section – with some rather lively animation during songs with particular pep. All festive, though it seems the product of very capable workmen rather than someone with a unique vision.

    Ultimately, it’s a bit of a chore to get through – even at just over an hour. Young ffs-to-be may have taste too sophisticated for this.

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