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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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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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Walt Disney's miracle musical FEATURE 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

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 »

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While performing magic to make himself larger, Donald is shown with 3 hands and 1 foot. See more »

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Panchito: [seeing Donald and José for this first time] Aha, my friends! ¡Bienvenidos, cuentos!
[shakes their hands wildly]
Panchito: Welcome to Mexico! Son of a gun, it's a pleasure to see such fine gentlemen in Mexico.
[pulls out two sombreros from atop his own and tosses them to Donald and Jose]
Panchito: Amigos, Donald, José...
[they put the sombreros on their heads]
Panchito: [laughs] Caramba! Now we're three gay caballeros.
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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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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Sung a bit by Clarence Nash
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Whirlwind!
15 March 2015 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

A lot of things can be said about this movie, but no one can say it is dull. Disney's Donald Duck takes us on a scenic and musical tour of Latin America with episodes in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. It begins in a lively tempo and speeds up until it explodes in fireworks at the end.

It was a big and necessary hit for Disney at the time but, in a way, it's too bad the film couldn't have been released about 1968, when so many youngsters were doing acid and weed, because this is one trippy movie. It belongs right up there with "2001: A Space Odyssey." A live figure may begin to dance and sing through a cartoon village. Soon Donald Duck joins the dance. Then the lamp posts begin to sway rhythmically, and soon the buildings are bouncing up and down, and then the moon darts from side to side. The viewer may twitch a bit too, because some of the rhythm is very catchy. America gave the world jazz, and Latin America gave us the samba, the conga, the bossa nova, the tango, Carmen Miranda, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and the transplanted Manuel de Falla. And the piñata.

It's a pageant of color and music. All but one of the tunes are converted from earlier Latin American songs and they're very catchy. Two made the Hit Parade, which was a big deal at the time -- "Baia", "Brazil", and "You Belong To My Heart." It's unsophisticated cornball resembling nothing real but you can't find the exit.

President Roosevelt was all in favor of making a movie like this, for several reasons, none of them musical. He called it "the good neighbor policy." South American countries were a supply source for the Allies. We needed access to airfield like Recife in Brazil to shorten the hop to Europe. And few of us found is a sound idea to encourage the pro-Nazi population of countries like Paraguay and Argentina.

See it -- and have yourself an extended myoclonic spasm.


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