The Three Caballeros Reviews
But in all seriousness it was pretty bad. From 15 minutes of Donald chasing around Mexican women to some uncomfortable animated/live-action sequences, The Three Caballeros lies right at the bottom of the Disney barrel. The movie offers some appealing spectacle and insight into Mexican/Brazilian culture but it's lost among its drawn out nonsense. Disney continues its government-issued reign of terror that is almost identical to its prequel Saludos Amigos, clearly trying too hard to please its Latin American audience, though Caballeros is worse because it's a half hour longer. From a Woody Woodpecker knock-off to some creepy visuals of singing heads in flowers, this movie is a bust.
Recently rewatched it on iTunes, and, although I didn't get into it as much as I used to, I'm also old enough to appreciate some of the more mature jokes. The songs "Bahia" and "The Three Caballeros" are definitely memorable, and I liked a retro look at Latin America. I know this is a 40s timepiece, but the "stereotypes" did not bother me that much. As a matter of fact, everyone looked pleased to be in this film. It does look more peaceful.
The animation is very good, but it also ventures into one of the wackiest trips when the movie reaches the final 10 minutes, and never lets up until the black screen at the end of the film.
This is one of the better package films from the 1940s, and the only one I remember, since it was the only one released on video intact in the 80s and early 90s. The others didn't come until the late 90s and 2000 with the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection. My father enjoyed this, I enjoyed it, it brings a smile to my face. It's not the best classic in the Disney series, but a good retro classic nonetheless.