29. The Three Caballeros
The Three Caballeros is a Disney film you might not have seen before. The film came out in 1945 and is made of seven different segments starring Donald Duck on his birthday. As the film goes on, he gets three gifts from his friends in Latin American.
The first gift is a film projector that shows a documentary on birds, including the story of a penguin named Pablo who’s trying to move to South America. After, it moves into a clip about the Aracuan Bird.
The next present is a book from his friend Jose. The book tells the story of Bahia, one of Brazil’s 26 states. They then shrink themselves and are transported into the film where they meet up with locals and dance.
Once they return from the book, Donald realizes he is too small for his third present, so Jose shows him how to use magic to return himself to his normal size.
After opening his third present, he meets Panchito, a Mexican rooster who gives them a tour of Mexico. They meet several people, Donald gets a crush on a local woman, and they hear lots of different music.
They celebrate being the three Caballeros, sing a song together, and then Panchito gives Donald a pinata. The film ends with Donald inside a fake bull and then getting blown up when Jose lights the bull’s tail on fire. As often happens in these cartoons, it turns out the bull is filled with fireworks and explosives. But, don’t worry, Donald is unharmed.
The movie was revolutionary at the time because it combined live-action and animation together so the live people react to Donald and his friends in real-time. If you’re looking to watch more obscure Disney movies, this is definitely one you want to check out.