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The Three Caballeros (1944)

Approved | | Animation, Comedy, Family | 22 February 1945 (USA)
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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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Homer Brightman (story), Ernest Terrazas (story) | 8 more credits »
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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)
Sterling Holloway ... Prof. Holloway (voice)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice)
Joaquin Garay Joaquin Garay ... Panchito (voice)
José Oliveira José Oliveira ... José Carioca (voice)
Frank Graham Frank Graham ... Narrator (voice)
Fred Shields ... Narrator (voice)
Nestor Amaral Nestor Amaral
Almirante Almirante
Trío Calaveras Trío Calaveras ... (as Trio Calaveras)
Trío Ascensio del Rio Trío Ascensio del Rio ... Themselves (as Ascencio Del Rio Trio)
Padua Hills Players Padua Hills Players ... Themselves
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Storyline

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


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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Portuguese

Release Date:

22 February 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Surprise Package See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was reissued in 1977 by Buena Vista, severely edited and re-released as a featurette on a bill with the 1977 reissue of 1968's "Never a Dull Moment". See more »

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When visiting Chile, the map shows several misspellings: Valparaiso is "Valpraiso" and the Juan Fernandez Islands are "Juan Ferndez Islands". On the postcard it says Vina del Mar instead of "Viña del Mar" See more »

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[Pablo the penguin has fulfilled his dream of moving to a warmer, more tropical climate]
Prof. Holloway: And so, as the warm, tropical sun sinks slowly in the west, we leave little Pablo, a bird in paradise, a picture of health in his new coat of tan. He should be the happiest penguin in the world.
[Pablo looks at some photographs of penguins back at the South Pole]
Prof. Holloway: Only, sometimes he gets to thinking...
Narrator: [laughs] Never satisfied. Well, that's human nature for you, even if you're a penguin.
Donald Duck: You're absolutely right.
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In the end of the movie, the fireworks exploding of the title "Fin", "Fim" and "The End". See more »

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An edited version of this movie aired on television at Christmas in 1954, under a new title, "A Present For Donald", and with the fireworks at the end spelling out "Merry Christmas" instead of "The End". See more »

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Featured in Mickey's 50 (1978) See more »

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Zandunga
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Traditional
Arranged by Charles Wolcott
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31 March 2003 | by CalstanhopeSee all my reviews

Funny, people nowadays don't seem to realize that this was a World War II propaganda film -- only one comment below makes that point. Many such features and shorts were turned out during this time, and not just from Disney; Warner Bros., MGM and others did as well. Keep this in mind and it makes a little more sense. Even more of the fractured, surreal nature of this film is explainable when viewed in the context of other Disney animated features of this time. "Fantasia" (of course), "Dumbo," "Pinocchio" and other movies contained what seemed like drug- or alcohol-induced sequences (maybe someone with more intimate knowledge of Disney productions of the time can shed some light on those!). Disney also seemed eager to experiment with blending of animation and live action during this time ("Song of the South"). Anyway, this was aimed primarily at engendering better relations between North Americans and our ostensible allies in Latin America. The animation is very good and some of the music (especially the title song) is memorable. Watch it for what it is and enjoy!


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