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Classic Caballeros Collection: Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros

Movie review by
Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
Classic Caballeros Collection: Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros Movie Poster Image
Walt Disney's love letter to '40s Latin America.
  • G
  • 1943
  • 113 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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.

Sexy Stuff

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.


Dated but innocuous lyrics including "We're three gay caballeros."

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1 year old Written byHolly R. December 17, 2018

I remember seeing it and owning it on VHS but I can't remember anything else...

This cartoon is forgettable. I remember seeing it multiple times as a child owning both of them on VHS tapes growing up in the 90's and watching them multi... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bylolifofo September 21, 2013

OKAY but gets boring at times

There's nothing really exciting about this movie. It's for those who want to complete their Disney collection. Otherwise, you don't really need t... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 21, 2011


I liked this, but it kinda freaked me out when the guy's gun had a mouth and started singing. The movie is ok, but SINGING DISEMBODIED MOUTHS make it almos... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the 1940s, Walt Disney took a plane with 18 artists, musicians, and writers on a tour of South America and Mexico. The result was SALUDOS AMIGOS, a mix of travelogue, animated shorts, and live dance numbers mixed with animation. In the follow-up, THE THREE CABALLEROS, Donald Duck gets a big birthday box from Latin America. Inside he finds travel guides that he literally jumps right into -- and proceeds to meet up with two other caballeros: Jose Caroica the samba-ing parrot and Panchito the Mexican rooster. More traditional dancing, bird watching, and Latin American travel ensue, mixed with more animated shorts featuring both familiar Disney characters and new ones like Pedro the baby mail plane.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about things they learned about Latin America. Also, what kind of music did you like best? If you could go to a different country and bring your sketchpad, what would you draw? Families can also discuss what makes these cartoons seem older than current Disney movies. What things in these films would you be surprised to see in modern ones? Why?

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