Review: The Three Caballeros-Dancing Into My Heart

Why is Donald Duck so horny?

I haven’t had the opportunity to review any movies as of late due to putting a focus on games and I won’t lie, I kind of missed it. I wanted to get back into them again but I just couldn’t decide on what to watch. Whenever I run into a slump like this I tend to ask friends (or strangers on the internet) what I should take a look at and a very good friend of mine who has helped me make these decisions in the past told me I should check out Disney’s The Three Caballeros. I thought it would be a good place to start since I haven’t reviewed a movie since friggin’…..Cats and for the fact that I actually can’t name the last time I’ve seen a classic animated feature by Disney. It’s weird because I KNOW I’ve seen a ton of them but I guess that’s because I saw a large majority of them when I was really young. It’s a shame because after watching this movie I want to go through all of them because this film was fantastic.

Don’t like that Donald has a pupil.

The Three Caballeros tells the story of Donald Duck receiving a box of presents on his birthday and while his presents start out with a lesson on South American birdlife, it quickly turns into an adventure that spans across multiple areas of both South America and Mexico. Throughout his journey, he meets up with José Carioca (played by Brazillian singer José Oliveira) and Panchito Pistoles (played by Mexicans-American actor/singer Joaquin Garay) and together they sing, dance, and fight their way through several countries and cities while teaching Donald and the audience about each area’s culture of dance and music. There’s not much of a story with this movie as it’s mostly used as a showcase of South American and Latin cultures but it more than makes up for that in visual flair and charm. Each musical number in The Three Caballeros is, in my eyes at least, a technical marvel in almost every way. I loved watching this movie from location to location and show off a near masterclass of color usage and animation techniques. What really got me were the segments that had the gaggle of idiots spliced in with live-action actors. For a movie released in the 1940s, the special effects have barely aged at all. Sure the animated characters get SLIGHTLY darker when they get spliced in but everything else looks surprisingly seamless and looks surprisingly natural.

I wish the cartoon characters had thicker outlines but otherwise, this looks great!

Now, what’s a musical without music?

A normal movie.

The music and dance choreography is the focal point of The Three Caballeros and it does not disappoint. Each musical number is catchy, well-executed, and does its job in showcasing each highlighted culture’s musical stylings and significance. Now I am not a music person, Persea. I can’t tell how why each musical track is great in technical detail because, to be frank, I don’t even know what the difference between a violin and a cello is, all I know is that the music in this movie sounds damn good. My personal favorite song was José’s introductory song, Baia. While not the most visually exciting, the song itself provides a relaxing and calm atmosphere. This is coupled with a set of beautiful paintings showcasing the beauty of the state of Bahía (which I just found out is how it’s actually spelled) and José’s beautiful singing voice wraps everything up in a nice bow. I loved the music in this movie, even if I’m a bit ill-equipped to explain why.

Love the use of purples and pinks in this segment.

Overall I adored The Three Caballeros. I loved how upbeat and jovial it was and I adored the music and animation. I think it’s brimming with charm and personality and I recommend it to anyone that wants an easy-going viewing experience.

Yo, when are José and Panchito getting added to Kingdom Hearts? Panchito even has a belt already!



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