A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
For the 1940s, this level of respect and enjoyment of other cultures is a very pleasant surprise.
Violence & Scariness
One of the three caballeros has guns in holsters and shoots them in the air periodically; in one scene the barrel of the gun turns into a mouth and sings a couple of words. Donald and a llama almost fall off a high mountain bridge. Pedro the baby mail plane is in danger and almost crashes. Goofy carries and bites into his hunting knife.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Donald does a lot of whistling at Latina women and gets one kiss. The narrator mentions that he's looking at "hot stuff" on a beach when he spots a bunch of women. Goofy shows his drawers twice. Mention of tucans "making love," but it's not meant "that" way.
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Dated but innocuous lyrics including "We're three gay caballeros."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Donald gets drunk off of one cocktail; adults drink wine in another scene. The Brazilian caballero, Jose Carioca, is rarely seen without a cigar in his mouth.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that one caballero smokes a cigar, another one shoots his guns in the air when he's excited (no one gets hurt), and the third, Donald Duck, ogles women in a number of scenes. That said, it's a wonderful surprise that these two 1940s classics are so enamored of Latin American cultures, their art, and their music. There are a couple of scary animated scenes for young ones: A baby mail plane almost crashes, and Donald and his llama almost fall off a very high bridge. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
These two films offer delightful armchair travel for absolutely everyone. There's dancing, singing, bird watching, fine arts, native dress, rodeos, mountains, beaches, the pampas, big cities, and even wilder sights like flying donkeys in horse races and baby planes that deliver the mail. And somehow the eclectic mix works -- a bit better in The Three Caballeros, but they're still both enjoyable.
One of the best shorts is Jose Caroica the parrot dancing with live samba dancers. It's a loving tribute to Rio with simultaneous kid appeal. Some dance numbers drag on a little long, but then the Disney artists come up with new animated inspiration, working llamas, gauchos, penguins, and the treacherous mountains of Chile into their stories. These love letters to Latin America are classics worth revisiting with the next generation. Don't forget your dancing shoes.
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