The Three Caballeros
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"That rare event, a Disney failure."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"No other Disney feature achieved this level of exuberant abstraction, or displayed the same sheer pleasure in the magic of the animator's art."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This is one of the most dazzling achievements of the cartoon genre."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A wonderful blending of live action, animation and good South American music."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"It's a gay, colorful, resplendent conceit."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"less of a propaganda piece and more of a narrative story"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The two films are as artistically astonishing as they are culturally clueless."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Particularly notable is the animated train travelling through a garden of real flowers."
‑ , Film4
"A brilliant hodgepodge of Mr. Disney's illustrative art-a literal spinwheel of image, color and music which tumbles at you with explosive surprise."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The menu buttons are shaped like sombreros. I trust I needn't say more."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"[After the] headlong launch into that abstract fantasia of color and sound, it's difficult to deny the sexual nature of its characters' pelvic thrusts and rampant phallic imagery. Clearly, this is Disney's horniest animated feature."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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