The Three Caballeros (1944)

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Critic Consensus: One of Disney's more abstract creations, The Three Caballeros is a dazzling, colorful picture that shows the company at an artistic acme.

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Three Caballeros is the first Walt Disney feature to combine animation with live action footage. Originally conceived as World War II propaganda promoting good relations between the United States and Latin America, the film details the adventures of Donald Duck as he meets two Latin birds--Jose Carioca and Panchito,--and the three head down to Rio. The film doesn't have a concrete story, choosing to follow the three animated birds through Latin America, as they sing a number of songs, get into trouble and have a number of very amusing experiences. Filled with achingly funny jokes, good music, and stunning, ground-breaking animation, The Three Caballeros remains extremely entertaining decades after its release. It is one of Disney's unacknowledged classics.

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Critic Reviews for The Three Caballeros

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

That rare event, a Disney failure.

Nov 16, 2009 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It's a gay, colorful, resplendent conceit.

Sep 7, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
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A brilliant hodgepodge of Mr. Disney's illustrative art-a literal spinwheel of image, color and music which tumbles at you with explosive surprise.

Mar 25, 2006 | Full Review…

No other Disney feature achieved this level of exuberant abstraction, or displayed the same sheer pleasure in the magic of the animator's art.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

less of a propaganda piece and more of a narrative story

Sep 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

By far the strangest feature-length movie in the history of the Walt Disney Company, with virtually every new minute bringing something more insanely creative than the last.

Nov 3, 2009 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Three Caballeros

½

A solid follow-up to Saludos Amigos that combines animation and live action with sheer perfection, even if it is a bit irregular and only really amusing until the last ten minutes, when it goes in Fantasia mode Latin style and freaks out in a mad and tedious psychedelia of colors and music.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

Number 2 From Compilation era The animation is a bit more interesting then the previous film, and it does have it's fun moments throughout. It's hard to give this era of films a long thorough review because when it comes down to it some shorts were fun and others weren't. Next up: Make Mine... hmm third word that begins with M what could it possibly be.

DOCTOR PRIME
DOCTOR PRIME

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½

Great sights and sounds of South America made in this Walt Disney colourful, sweetly nostalgic, forties flavoured travelogue which highlights some of the more exotic cities of Latin America with my favourite Disney cartoon character, Donald Duck with Joe Carioca and Panchito the Charro Rooster as tour guides.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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Cute movie - watched it a couple of years ago on a date, so it has some strange connotations. Typical Disney fluff.

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

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