Hello and welcome to In Too Deep Into Disney, where I over-analyse each Disney animated film over the course of a year.
And continuing on with our trend of ‘obscure Disney movies no one has ever heard of let alone liked’ comes The Three Caballeros, a film more well-known for the characters it introduced than for any story (or lack thereof). So can I over-analyse this film? Lets find out.
Well lets start with the set up of this film, the fact that it’s Donald Duck’s birthday (on Friday the 13th, get it). I think now is the best time to point out that this is the first Disney film to actually feature traditional Disney characters as being the integral part of the story. What’s really odd is that it’s Donald who takes centre stage, not Mickey. Even more odd is that Donald has had more presence in these animated movies than poor old Mickey Mouse. Don’t worry, at some point I will explain why Mickey is a complete bore of a character who has no modern day appeal, but it is still interesting to see that Donald is the one that has gotten so popular over the rest of the characters. Mostly because he’s the funniest to watch and we relate to him the best.
So, that’s one paragraph down, what can I say about the two shorts? The Cold-Blooded Penguin and The Flying Gauchito are… well they’re not bad, they’re just there. I could make mention of how the former short reminds me of the tragic story of the NZ Penguin Happy Feet (which I love to blemish when I tell people cos while the story is mostly true, I like to play up the black comedy side of the story), or how the latter neatly breaks the fourth wall in original ways (but since I’ve already talked about the fourth wall before and there is a film that does it better later on, I’ll save my breath). Good shorts, just not very deep.
So then we meet Jose and, to my surprise, they still show him smoking a cigar. Now in Sauldos Amigos they digitally removed the cigarette from Goofy’s mouth, so it’s odd to see another character get away with it. Then again the character is almost completely unknown, only getting a limited amount of screen time in the last film (but, ironically enough, making this is the first official Disney sequel, at least in terms of thematically similar ideas). Anyway we go to Brazil on a train with square wheels (and since the Aztecs didn’t have the wheel, is this perhaps a very subtle jab?) and do stuff there. At which point the third member of this trio, Panchito, appears.
After that we get a bunch of live-action/animation mixed in surprisingly good quality, considering this was decades before Mary Poppins was even considered. It’s also a nice little callback to Walt Disney’s ‘Alice Comedies’, which had a live-action person in a cartoon world. But while this segment really is just Donald chasing ladies and watching dancers, it’s nice to see the inspiration for what would happen in later films. But yes, this half of the movie is where the title of the blog comes from. It’s quite an unusual thing to watch, quite uncomfortable, and shows a side of Donald Duck that never really gets seen again.
And… that’s it. That is all I can say about this movie. This must be the shortest blog I’ve ever written since there is nothing, nothing at all, to analyse. If you disagree with anything, or have anything to add, feel free to leave a comment. Till next time.