As a Disney oddity, they don't get much odder than Three Caballeros
. Donald Duck receives a birthday package from South America, and the film proceeds to unravel like some peyote-induced hallucination. It starts out reminiscent of other Disney films, where shorts are cobbled together, such as "Make Mine Music" or "Fun and Fancy Free". The film has vignettes such as "The Cold-blooded Penguin" and "The Flying Guachito". After them it careens into part-travelogue, part-stream-of-consciousness animation. Not helping out much are Donald's "friends": Joe Carioca (a parrot) and Panchito (a rooster). They spend most of the rest of the film watching Donald chase skirt. That's right, Donald Duck is a wolf in this movie, and he chases every live-action señorita who bustles across the screen. Although some will say otherwise, Caballeros
is for die-hard Disney, Donald or psychedelia fans only. --Keith Simanton, Amazon.com
Walt Disney Studios first feature film to combine live action and animation. Donald Duck and his friends, Joe Carioca and Panchito, pay tribute to Latin America, make several musical discoveries, learning all about the 'Cold Blooded Penguin' and 'The Flying Gauchito', and get into a spot of bother whilst on their way to Rio.