Feb 3] [71 min]
THE THREE CABALLEROS
(S) Tre Caballeros
Comments: This "sequel" to Saludos Amigos is Disney's
first mixing of live action figures and animation. And a good job too
at that. But still, this is a pure advertising movie to lure tourists
to Latin America. It starts off quite normally with a couple of short
stories that are OK and nice but not that special. Then the film turns
into a mix of Fantasia and a traditional commercial. No story whatsoever,
just beautiful scenes and shots with a lot of music and dance. As a
theater move it has a very hard time to keep the audience interested
to the end, but that may not have been the case when it was released.
People were probably not that fed up with commercials at that time.
There is no question about it; the more or less surreal scenes are beautiful
and impressive, but that is all. The Aracuan - the crazy clown bird
of the jungle, is introduced, but the full short with him and Donald
is not included in the film.
The full story: Donald gets a huge birthday packet from his "friends
in Latin America". It contains three smaller presents and Donald
opens the red one first. It's a film projector and a film about strange
birds. He starts the film.
The Cold-Blooded Penguin: Professor Holloway
tells us that Pablo lives on the South Pole. All penguins love their
lives - but not Pablo. He dreams of tropical islands and spends his
time with Smoky Joe, his stove. As he leaves for the tropics, all penguins
waves him off. But away from his stove he freezes up and rolls back
down the slope as a snowball, knocking his friends apart like bowling
pins. He tries again and again without success and fewer and fewer friends
to wave him off. Finally he saws out a big piece of ice for a boat.
Then he sails off to the north with both his igloo and stove. He sails
via Cape Horn, through the Straits of Magellan, past Chile, past Juan
Fernadez Island with Robinson Crusoe and past Peru. He runs into the
equator and follows it west to the Galapagos Islands. His dreams are
just to become true when his ice boat starts to melt. Everything, including
Smoky Joe, sinks. Only his bathtub stays afloat. By putting the shower
pipe in the drain and facing it backwards, the water sprouts out and
drives the tub forwards. So he finds his island and lives there as the
happiest penguin on earth. Only sometimes
he dreams of the cool
and soothing home again
Donald gets a lesson about many strange and exotic birds that live deep
into the Amazon jungle. He sees the Arapapa, the Toucan, the Flamingo
and many more. He also gets to meet the Aracuan - the clown bird of
the jungle. Then an old Gaucho from Uruguay tells a story.
Flying Gauchito: Early in the morning, the young Paraguayan narrator
is up for a solo hunt. He climbs the mountains and finds a nest. But
absurdly enough it is a flying donkey that lives there, not a condor.
Gauchito tries to catch it but it only plays with him until he manages
to get on its back. The flying donkey is caught, tamed, trained and
named "Burrito". At the fiesta of Carrera, they enter the
horse race to win 1000 pesos in price money. All laugh at them at the
start and the horses disappear quickly, leaving our friend behind. Out
of sight, they let go of the wings and pass all the horses. Sadly, when
they were collecting the price Burrito shows the wings so they have
to fly away instead. .
film ends and Donald opens another present. It's a book about Brazil,
only it opens and reveal a 3-D theater scene with Joe Carioca. Joe dreams
about a beautiful town called Baia, with music and song. Then he invites
Donald there through the book. They jump on a shaky train that ends
up in Baia were Donald falls in love with the cookie girl, Aurora Miranda,
a live beautiful singer. Joe and Donald dance with a hole bunch of live
dancers in order to get Miranda to notice them. Finally Donald get to
give her some flowers and gets a kiss in return. They all dance through
the dancing city.
The book folds in again. They squeeze
out and balloons them self up to normal size before opening the last
present labeled "Mexico". Joe and Donald meets Panchito after
an instrumental and graphical "firework" about Mexico.
The three Caballeros dance and sing about
always standing together. Donald's gift from Mexico is a piñata.
Panchito describes a Christmas custom about children playing the part
of Mary and Josef trying to find shelter. When the find it, they party
and smash the piñata. And so does Donald. A frenzy of things
and stuff falls out and starts to move around to music.
In another book Mexico is described in
music and romantic graphics. They sail away into the book and into live
action scenes. They learn to dance a Mexican dance and then flies off
to Vera Cruz for another dance. Then they are off to Acapulco were Donald
dives right down to the ladies at the beach to show off and play. Then
it is Mexico City that is shown with surreal animations and sung about.
Again Donald fall in love with both a singer, Carmen Molina and a dancer,
Dora Luz. The music ends with a bit of fake bull fighting and fireworks.
Donald Duck - the white duck
Joe Carioca - the green parrot
Panchito - the red cock
Pablo - the black and white penguin
(Smoky Joe - Pablo's gray stove)
Aracuan - the pink and crazy jungle clown bird
Gauchito - the little hunter
Burrito - the brown flying donkey
Miranda - the Brazilian singer
Carmen Molina - the Mexican singer
Dora Luz - the Mexican dancer