A Suggestive Trip South of the Border
World War II was going nicely, and Walt Disney's "Saludos Amigos" generally had achieved its twin aims of helping shore up Latin American support for the Allies and propping up Disney's finances. Nelson Rockefeller thus commissioned another effort from Walt Disney Productions with a Latin flavor under the auspices of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (OCIAA). This new film, "The Three Caballeros" (1944), was put together over a longer period of time and the difference in quality is apparent, with more self-contained segments that place this effort squarely in the "Package Era." Seen as a continuation and expansion of "Saludos Amigos," the 72-minute "The Three Caballeros" is a cut above that earlier film and may be seen as a better sequel to it.
|Donald receives his gift and out pops José Carioca.|
|The Cold-Blooded Penguin.|
|The Flying Gauchito.|
|José Carioca steals his scenes.|
|A malandro evinces his, um, admiration for Yaya the Cookie Lady in "Baía."|
|"♪♫ We are three gay caballeros. ♫♪"|
|"The Three Caballeros" explodes with color.|
|Donald Duck gets excited.|
|"The Three Caballeros" gets downright weird during the dancing cactus segment.|
|Walt Disney and Ward Kimball - just a couple of yobos getting the job done.|
|There is a lot of suggestive stuff going on in "The Three Caballeros."|
Below is the trailer from "The Three Caballeros."