Disney: The Three Caballeros
"We're three Caballeros, three gay Caballeros
They say we are birds of a feather!"
Released in 1944 (In Mexico, 1945 in the States)
, The Three Caballeros
(Caballero being Spanish for either knight
, depending on context) is the 7th film in the Disney Animated Canon
. A follow-up to Saludos Amigos
, The Three Caballeros once again explores Latin American
culture, this time covering Mexico, a country that was left out of Saludos Amigos
. The film stars Donald Duck
, José Carioca (from Saludos Amigos
) and introduces Panchito Pistoles from Mexico, who together make the eponymous Three Caballeros.
The film is an Animated Anthology
, although the segments aren't as divided as they are in Saludos Amigos
, and flow together with one plot line of Donald having received gifts for his birthday:
- The film opens with Donald receiving a birthday present from his friends in Latin America. The present contains three smaller parcels. The first one he opens is a film projector. He sets it up, and watches it. The film Aves Raras or "Strange Birds" contains shorts about birds:
- The Cold-Blooded Penguin is about a Penguin named Pablo (no relation) who can't stand the cold. After repeated attempts being thwarted by his inability go too far from his house, he decides to just take his house with him on an ice floe. His trip to the Galapagos Islands takes him up the coast of South America, pointing out the various landmarks along the way.
- After this short, the film then documents actual birds of South America, introducing the Aracuan and his silly antics.
- The Flying Gauchito follows the story of a boy from Uruguay, who catches and befriends a flying donkey, which he names Burrito (which means "little donkey"). Together, the two enter a race.
- With this, the film in the projector ends, and music starts coming from one of his other presents. Donald opens it to find a pop-up book on Brazil with his old friend José Carioca inside. José suggests that the two should go to Bahia, singing two whole songs about how great Bahia is and that they should go there (respectively) before they actually go.
- After leaving Bahia, Donald unwraps his third present from Mexico which explodes open, releasing various Mexican items and the rooster Panchito. After the three sing the Three Caballeros theme song together, he presents Donald with a Piñata, and explains Las Posadas, the story of a group of Mexican children re-enacting the trek of Mary and Joseph for Christmas.
- After breaking the Piñata, Panchito explains the origin of the Eagle on the Mexican flag, and the trio takes a tour of Mexico on a flying sarape.
- After this, Panchito explains how even the skies of Mexico City are made of love, at which point, a woman appears in the night sky and begins singing You Belong to my Heart. Entering the picture alone, Donald follows the woman until she eventually kisses him, which causes things to turn into a Disney Acid Sequence, where he then dances with a woman and various cacti.
- The movie then ends on a bullfight, with Donald playing the bull, Panchito playing the matador, and Jose playing the cheering crowd (yes, all of it). But there is a catch: Donald's bull costume is loaded with firecrackers and other explosives.
The Trio would later appear in two stories written by Don Rosa
, a few episodes of The House of Mouse
and a dark ride at Epcot
's Mexico Pavilion. A Third Latin American film that would have introduced a fourth, Cuban Caballero was planned, but never released.
The Three Caballeros has garnered an unusually large fandom for such a relatively obscure filmnote
, the majority of which seems to be into drawing the characters as humans
and shipping them
. Most of this fandom can be found on Tumblr
Not to be confused with ¡Three Amigos!
(which actually had "The Three Caballeros" as its working title
This film provides examples of: