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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).

Writers:

Homer Brightman (story), Ernest Terrazas (story) | 8 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Newest Idea Since "Snow White" See more »


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Details

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

The film uses the song "La Sandunga" (1853) by Máximo Ramó Ortiz. The song is the only song of the film with a Native Mexican theme, since the song is about a Zapotec woman. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[the little gauchito and Burrito are in a race together; the other gauchos on their horses take off, leaving them both in the dust; they look around]
Narrator: We were off with the speed of a bullet! We flew down the track like the wind! Every gaucho was, uh... And meanwhile, Burrito and I were, uh, uh, jockeying for position. Psst. Gauchito! They went that way.
[they look left]
Narrator: That way!
[they move along slowly; all the spectators laugh]
Narrator: No wonder they laughed. I didn't even look like a jockey. Hey! ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In the end of the movie, the fireworks exploding of the title "Fin", "Fim" and "The End". See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »


Soundtracks

Mexico
Music by Charles Wolcott
Spanish Lyrics by Edmundo Santos (uncredited)
English Lyrics by Ray Gilbert (1944) (uncredited)
Sung by Carlos Ramírez (as Carlos Ramirez)
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Disney goes surrealist
26 March 2007 | by didi-5See all my reviews

The Three Caballeros is a lot of fun, using a mix of live action and animation to bring Brazil and Mexico alive to birthday boy Donald Duck. As he's joined by Panchito and José he realises what he has been missing all these years, falls in love with Aurora Miranda (sister of Carmen), learns to dance, and much more.

With eye-poppingly beautiful animation and lovely colours, it is no surprise that that was the one cartoon Disney veteran Ward Kimball claimed he was truly proud of. The idea of the three birds as international musketeers living the good life is inspired and the running time is just about right.


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