“The Three Cabelleros” is one of two very special features made in the 1940’s as a result of Walt Disney’s passionate support of the US government’s “Good Neighbour” program screening in MIAF 16. For several years key Disney Studio artists immersed themselves in a number of different South American animation communities and in the process created wonderfully unique films that are infused with much of what they absorbed from the experience.
“The Three Caballeros” (1944) is classic Disney down to its core BUT with plenty of extra spice and unique lead characters drawn directly from the colourful, energetic South American cultures Disney artists found themselves immersed in.
Donald Duck holds the film together, essentially taking us on a tour of South and Central America. An especially intriguing element of “The Three Cabelleros” is the integration of some live action sequences which feature some of the big stars of the day, including Carmen Molina.
It’s enormous fun and a beautiful example of the pure magic of classic Disney animation. Perfect for the whole family.