The ever-popular and excitable Donald Duck stars in one of his greatest adventures -- a dazzling blend of live action and classic Disney animation bursting with south of the border sights and sounds! When Donald receives a... more » magical collection of gifts from his Latin American friends, they become his passport to a fantastic musical journey with Joe Carioca and Panchito, the charro rooster. With these experts to guide him, Donald hops, skips, and jumps his way through every splash of local color -- each stop full of surprises and sensational songs!« less
Melody S. (cleopatra) from MILTON, FL Reviewed on 1/17/2019...
I love all the classics. This is definitely classic.
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The Best of the "Anthology" Films (with one of Animation's G
Duane S. Montague | WA United States | 07/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THE THREE CABELLEROS was Disney's 2nd foray into the world of Latin America during World War II. Working alongside the State Department to help foster goodwill in the Western hemisphere (and using Disney's iconic characters to help promote American values), the film is a huge improvement over the previous venture, SALUDOS AMIGOS. And while it may not tell a story, per se, the film introduced several songs that have gone on to become classics, contains several rousing moments, features some fun short subjects, all in a nicely diverting package film.
The film itself is supposedly set on Donald's birthday (here we find he was born on Friday 13th). From his many friends in Latin America (Donald was far more popular south of the border than his more even-tempered costars), he has received a box of presents, and the first present he opens is a movie projector and some movies. (Not very original, but it works.) After some trouble with the projector, Donald sits down to watch the show.
Sterling Holloway (a famous Disney voice, having appeared in films from DUMBO all the way to THE JUNGLE BOOK) narrates the story of Pablo the Penguin. Pablo is cold so he decides to float to a warmer climate. The story is no great shakes, but it cute and some of the stylized maps as he floats up the South American coast are quite nice.
A narrator introduces Donald to other birds of South America, including the Aracuan, one of Donald's costars in the "Blame it on the Samba" section of MELODY TIME. After some craziness with the Aracuan, we are told the story of the little Gauchito who went hunting and ended up with a flying burrito. A cute story, with a great narrator, plus several funny sight gags as the narrator reminds himself of the tale he is telling. The characters were popular enough that Disney began working on a (never released) sequel.
Joe Carioca, a Brazillian parrot, sings the beauty of "Baia," just one of the big hits from the movie, and takes Donald to the beautiful, magical country. They journey on a train through a sequence designed by the amazing Mary Blair, one of the few Disney inspirational artists to take the trip to South America with Walt to research the subject. Her highly stylized designs were a favorite with Disney, much to the chagrin of animators who had to bring the thing to life.
Interaction with human costars begins here, as Aurora Miranda and company sing a tune as Donald and Joe fight for her affections. Considering the film was released in 1945, the blend of animation and live action is quite seamless and very impressive.
The highlight of the film is the title number, "The Three Caballeros," which animator Ward Kimball turned into a tour de force of non sequitirs, sight gags, and amazing silliness. Throughout the song, as Panchito the Rooster sings and dances, Donald is constantly frustrated at his own lack of ability, and the gags pile on one after another. Truly a masterpiece of animation, and one of Kimball's most highly regarded works.
The rest of the movie is a travelogue through Mexico, with some great period film (shot by Disney animators on their goodwill tour), more great music ("You Belong to My Heart" was another big hit from the film), and a wonderful expression of Christmas celebrations highlighted by the first appearence (on film) of Mary Blair's distinctive "children" characters. (These would go on to be the stars of one of Disney's most popular and enduring attractions, "It's a Small World," also designed by Blair.)
All in all, a delightful period piece featuring some outstanding animation by the Disney artists, and the wonderful design work of Mary Blair. If you are a fan of Disney's earlier films (SNOW WHITE, PINOCCHIO) or the later output (ALADDIN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), you may want to skip this one. It's not story driven, is not a true musical, and feature some highly surreal animation toward the grand finale.
For true Disneyphiles, this is a MUST for your collection."
Love the movie, hate the censorship
Joseph Wanlund | Cullowhee, NC USA | 02/28/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am a HUGE fan of this movie, but this DVD (as well as the Saludos Amigos, Melody Time, and Make Mine Music DVDs) seriously panders to the soccer-mom crowd. Smoking (from Goofy in Saludos, and an innocent bystander in Caballeros) is "digitally altered" (i.e. censored), while Jose Carioca (who is in both movies) still HAS his cigar!
If Disney had wanted to censor smoking, they should have "digitally altered" Jose Carioca's cigar! I wouldn't be complaining about it if they'd been equal-opportunity butchers (and even then I'd be complaining).
Please Disney, since you're putting the Three Caballeros into the place once occupied by El Rio Del Tiempo, PLEASE re-release this on DVD and PLEASE kill the butchering!!
When i was a kid...
L. Mariam | USA | 12/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found that a lot of the reviews here say that this movie isn't for children. But as a child I LOVED this movie. I don't know why, but I remember watching this movie at least 5 times a week. And I wasn't an odd child at all, since I loved all the other Disney classics, such as Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, etc. But for some reason this one Disney movie was especially appealing to me.
As a kid, I had the attention span for this movie. And I was probably around 3 or 4 when this was my favorite movie."
A Classic! One of Disney's Overlooked Masterpieces!
L. Mariam | 04/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Donald Duck stars in this masterpiece with a combination of animation and live action. This films co-stars Jose (or Joe) Carioca, who also appeared in SALUDOS AMIGOS (1943) and MELODY TIME (1945), and an all new character, Panchito. The film is about Donald getting birthday gifts from his friends in Latin America (his birthday in the film is Friday the 13th, although it's really June 9th!). We see short stories including "The Cold-Blooded Penguin" and "The Flying Gauchito", like most Disney films of the time. I never really like this film as a kid, but now it's one of my favorite animated films (and in general). You won't regret buying this DVD! It also includes complete bonus cartoons: "Donald's Fountain of Youth" (1953), and "Pueblo Pluto" (1949)."
Bruce Aguilar | Hollywood, CA | 02/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is by far the best of the Walt Disney anthology films. Appreciators of special effects animation will be dazzled and those who enjoy a rollicking good time (and who doesn't) will be more than sated.What starts as an above average anthology suddenly turns into an almost psychedelic experience with the blending of live-action and other effects in the last third of the film. As soon as Jose Carioca shows up, the outrageous fun begins with the song "Baia" and a pop up book that opens onto a live-action street. Soon after, Donald begins acting like a mad stalker, chasing after every woman he sees. Before you know it colors, confetti and characters are sprouting from all over the place during the song "You Belong To My Heart". If it sounds like pandemonium, that because it is, but it's delightful.Sadly the picture quality is not up to par with other Disney releases. This is a film that is in real need for digital restoration, but don't let that small irritation keep you from experiencing Disney's most outrageous film ever."