The Three Caballeros (1944)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Family, Fantasy  |  22 February 1945 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 8,017 users  
Reviews: 38 user | 35 critic

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).


(story), (story), 11 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Disney animators tour South America and present four animated shorts inspired by their trip.

Directors: Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Fred Shields, José Oliveira, Pinto Colvig
Melody Time (1948)
Animation | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An anthology of animated vignettes set to contemporary music.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dennis Day
Animation | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Animation done to contemporary popular music.

Directors: Robert Cormack, Clyde Geronimi, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Nelson Eddy, Dinah Shore, Benny Goodman
Animation | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jiminy Cricket hosts two Disney animated shorts: "Bongo," about a circus bear escaping to the wild, and "Mickey and the Beanstalk," a take on the famous fairy tale.

Stars: Edgar Bergen, Dinah Shore, Charlie McCarthy
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An animated adaption of "The Wind in the Willows" followed by an adaption of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

Directors: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore
Animation | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A collection of animated shorts based on the stories and characters by A. A. Milne.

Directors: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman
Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Junius Matthews, Barbara Luddy
Fantasia (1940)
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: Norman Ferguson, James Algar, and 9 more credits »
Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton
Fantasia/2000 (1999)
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An update of the original film with new interpretations of great works of classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Gaëtan Brizzi, and 6 more credits »
Stars: James Levine, Steve Martin, Leopold Stokowski
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Humorist Robert Benchley learns about the animation process at Walt Disney Studios while trying to find the great man himself to pitch him the idea of making a cartoon about a shy dragon.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Hamilton Luske, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Robert Benchley, Frances Gifford, Buddy Pepper
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can.

Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich
Stars: Grant Bardsley, Freddie Jones, Susan Sheridan
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The wizard Merlin teaches a young boy who is destined to be King Arthur.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Stars: Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson
Animation | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br'er Rabbit, who outwits Br'er Fox and slow-witted Br'er Bear.

Directors: Wilfred Jackson, Harve Foster
Stars: Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett


Complete credited cast:
Aurora Miranda ...
The Brazilian Girl (as Aurora Miranda of Brazil)
Carmen Molina ...
Mexico Girl (as Carmen Molina of Mexico)
Dora Luz ...
Mexico Girl (as Dora Luz of Mexico)
Prof. Holloway (voice)
Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck (voice)
Joaquin Garay ...
Panchito (voice)
José Oliveira ...
José Carioca (voice)
Frank Graham ...
Narrator (voice)
Narrator (voice)
Nestor Amaral
Trío Calaveras ...
(as Trio Calaveras)
Trío Ascensio del Rio ...
Themselves (as Ascencio Del Rio Trio)
Padua Hills Players ...


A large box arrives for Donald on his birthday, three gifts inside. He unwraps one at a time, and each takes him on an adventure. The first is a movie projector with a film about the birds of South America; Donald watches two cartoons, one tells of a penguin who longs to live on a tropical isle and the other about a gaucho boy who hunts the wild ostrich. The second gift is a pop-up book about Brazil. Inside is Jose Carioca, who takes Donald to Brazil's Bahia for a mix of animation and live action: the two cartoon birds sing and dance with natives. The third gift is a piñata, accompanied by Panchito. A ride on a magic serape takes the three amigos singing and dancing across Mexico. ¡Olé! Written by <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


UTTERLY FASCINATING! ENTIRELY DIFFERENT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



| |

Release Date:

22 February 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Present for Donald  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The film depicts Donald Duck as girl-crazy. He lusts after live-action women, chases after them, kisses them and an entire segment, "Donald's Surreal Reverie", is devoted to his drunk-like reverie from the various interactions with them. This has been one of the most discussed aspects of the film since its release. See more »


During the flying zarape ride, Panchito tells Donald and Joe about the town of Patzcuaro and its lake Janitzio. Actually the lake is also named Patzcuaro; Janitzio is the main island in the lake. See more »


José Carioca: You kill my head!
See more »


Edited into The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1999) See more »


Pregoes carioca
Music by João de Barro
Portuguese Lyrics by João de Barro as Carlos Braga
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

So, there I was, walking down Disneyland's Main Street along with some friends.
8 June 2002 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

It was a cold January Saturday evening. The park was beautifully lit. People were cheery. We could see the Matterhorn on our right hand side. Magical is the best description I could find.

Suddenly, I started singing...

"Somos los tres carros, los Tres Caballeros, y nadie es igual a nosotros..."

What do I know. My friends all knew the words. 4 guys, ranging from 27 to 31 years old, began forming a chrous line and singing off the top of our lungs...

I don't know how this happened. This is not, by any stretch of imagination, a popular or wildly succesful film. I guess it just touched us, the way Donald Duck had a mexican friend (Panchito), or the wild "Piñata" scene, or the strong latin flavour of the film.

Memories notwithstanding, we kept on singing... and singing... and singing.

People around us seemed to enjoy the show, too.

"Valientes brillamos, como brilla un peso

-Quien dice?!?


24 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What is your favourite song? bubbity
is it just me or is this movie kick ass? Epistle_To_Dippy
Crazy bird aj_guillermo
Name of the folk song in Veracruz?? jonathan_storie
Carmen Cavallero movie Frankiegny
José Carioca's comics Goomboss
Discuss The Three Caballeros (1944) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: