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The Three Caballeros (1944)

Approved | | Animation, Comedy, Family | 22 February 1945 (USA)
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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The Brazilian Girl (as Aurora Miranda of Brazil)
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Mexico Girl (as Carmen Molina of Mexico)
Dora Luz ...
Mexico Girl (as Dora Luz of Mexico)
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Prof. Holloway (voice)
Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck (voice)
Joaquin Garay ...
Panchito (voice)
José Oliveira ...
José Carioca (voice)
Frank Graham ...
Narrator (voice)
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Narrator (voice)
Nestor Amaral
Almirante
Trío Calaveras ...
(as Trio Calaveras)
Trío Ascensio del Rio ...
Themselves (as Ascencio Del Rio Trio)
Padua Hills Players ...
Themselves
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

A certain scene of the film has been seen as homo-erotic in nature. A blindfolded Donald Duck chases after various women and attempts to kiss them. He thinks he has caught one and gives her three kisses. He is actually kissing his male friend José Carioca. See more »

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For a moment during the Baia sequence, Donald's face is green. See more »

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José Carioca: Have you been to Baia, Donald?
Donald Duck: No.
José Carioca: Well, let's go!
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Soundtracks

Baía (No baixa do sapateiro)
Music and Portuguese Lyrics by Ary Barroso
English lyrics by Ray Gilbert (1944) (uncredited)
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Our family favorite
14 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While little known, this is one of Disney's most inventive and delightful films, superior in imagination and sheer movie magic to all but a few of the studio's great classics. I think it was less successful than most Disney films because the subject matter -- like its near-twin Saludos Amigos, a cartoon tour of Latin America -- was and is less engaging for most people than fairy tales.

I've traveled a bit in Latin America, and still find that this clever little film captures something sumptuous, wondrous and oddly truthful about those distant places, even if seen through a distinctly American lens. What's more, it's the most sensuous G-rate movie I've ever seen. Sambas, wild orchids, wow.

I was four when it came out, and it immediately became my favorite movie. Indeed, I was obsessed. In the 40s and 50s, I kept up with movie-theater schedules for miles around just on the off-chance that this, and one or two other favorites, might be playing somewhere, usually at a Saturday matinée within driving distance. Every few years, my vigilance paid off and I would bug my mother to chauffeur me miles from home to see my beloved Caballeros.

When I had children, in the early days of VCRs, we bought all the Disneys as they were released. When The Three Caballeros came out, I brought it home. I was careful not to tell my three young daughters how much I loved this old treasure, but when I played it for them they all shrieked, "This is our favorite movie, Pop!"

And it still is, for all of us.


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