The Three Caballeros
The Three Caballeros is a 1944 American live-action animated musical package film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film premiered in Mexico City on December 21, 1944. It was released in the United States on February 3, 1945 and in the UK that March. The seventh Disney animated feature film, the film plots an adventure through parts of Latin America, combining live-action and animation. This is the second of the six package films released by Walt Disney Productions in the 1940s, following Saludos Amigos (1942). It was also the first feature-length film to incorporate traditional animation with live-action actors.
The film is plotted as a series of self-contained segments, strung together by the device of Donald Duck opening birthday gifts from his Latin American friends. Several Latin American stars of the period appear, including singers Aurora Miranda (sister of Carmen Miranda) and Dora Luz, as well as singer and dancer Carmen Molina.
- As mentioned above, this was the first-ever feature-length film to incorporate traditional animation with live-action actors, even before Anchors Aweigh.
- Great music.
- The Three Caballeros song is very catchy and funny.
- The animation is outstanding and fluid.
- The film helps teach viewers about Latin American culture.
- The film has received its own spinoff series in the 2010s called Legend of the Three Caballeros.
- Aside from Jose returning to this film from Saludos Amigos, new characters were introduced such as Panchito and the Aracuan Bird.
- Very nice colors and backgrounds.
- The You Belong to My Heart and Donald's Surreal Reverie segments, while funny, are inappropriate to some viewers due to references to the drugs.
- Donald chases after human women throughout the film, which is made even more awkward by the fact that his girlfriend Daisy was introduced four years prior.
- The part where Donald gets kissed by a lot of lips can be a bit creepy to some audiences.