The Three Caballeros
- Title song does nothing for me. Intro was just standard Donald fare. No real laughs.
- The penguin story was an unremarkable little geography lesson. I liked the look of Quito, though. And the one tall, sad penguin. And fun to hear Sterling Holloway narrating like an old queen. Grade:
- Donald and the flamingos was a nice couple of seconds.
- Really nice character design in this sequence. The gauchito moves and reacts almost exactly like Donald Duck, and it works really well. And Burrito, the flying donkey, is just as appealing. Good movement, great smile. A few nice visual jokes here, too. Grade:
- Brazilians are so gregarious! And it takes a billion Portuguese words to express the simplest ideas.
- Joe Carioca has a pretty nice ass.
- Both still true!
- That crazy little bird has a lot of Woody Woodpecker in him. And Joe just called him a very stupid fellow. Was that an inside joke?
- Really nice colors in the first part of the "Baía" sequence. And a pleasant song. Grade:
- Donald and Joe make an unexpectedly good match.
- This whole transition bit is my favorite part so far. Grade:
- Whoa, a fleshling! Nice drums in this cookie lady sequence, but the technique has not aged well at all. It looks like 1970s kids programming on public access or something. Also, the colors are kind of gross. Grade:
- This seqeuence just got ten times more interesting. And trippy! The transition of those birds back into dancers was pretty impressive. And I suddenly really want to watch Black Orpheus
again. Damn, I wish that had gone on longer. Grade:
- Oh, they're gay
caballeros. Interesting. Actually, that was pretty boring. Except, wtf, why were Donald and Joe trying to kill their Mexican friend at the end there? That was really weird. Grade:
- Interesting choice to tell this Christmas story using still images. Not sure what to make of that. Supposed to be like a picture book, I guess?
- I'm ready for this movie to end.
- This song of Mexico doesn't have much going for it.
- Mexican hoedowns are boring.
- The dancing in Vera Cruz is much more interesting. First entertaining sequence in a while.
- This "hot stuff" bit on the beach has some interesting things to say about the male gaze. Or not.
- Some better animation/live action interplay here. They seemed to avoid that in the earlier sequences. Donald fallling into the towel and then the puddle were the first really impressive bits.
- Ooh, Donald just got it on with Joe for a couple seconds. And here I thought gay caballeros was just generic joke of the week material. Heh, the sequence then ends with the Mexican bird asking, "So you like pretty girls, eh?" as if there were a need to reinforce Donald's rabid heterosexuality.
- This Mexico City nightlife song is putting me to sleep. Or it might just be that I'm naturally tired, regardless of the film.
- Whoa, all sorts of weird sexual stuff going on here. Quick, someone write a paper.
- And now a voice whispers, "Pretty girls, pretty girls, pretty girls, pretty girls." Donald: "Oh boy!" Yeah, this is uncomfortable viewing.Overall Grade:
C+. Really hard to decide whether to rank this ahead or behind Saludos Amigos
. The best parts of The Three Caballeros
all seemed to be very short, but the first half as a whole was still definitely better than the previous film. Things really bog down in the Mexico section (among other problems, the host bird has no personality). So.... yeah, I dunno. It's a tossup. I think I'm gonna say that The Three Caballeros
has a slight edge. Some of those little moments were just cool enough.
1. Bambi (A)
2. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (B+)
3. Fantasia (B) — mainly on account of Night on Bald Mountain
4. Pinocchio (B)
5. Dumbo (B-)
6. The Three Caballeros (C+)
7. Saludos Amigos (C+)