Latin Baby ~ Disney’s Latin America Films


A cover of ‘The Three Caballeros’ and other interesting YouTube finds
April 26, 2009, 1:40 am
Filed under: 3 caballeros, fan stuff, humor/parody, music, videos

Here’s a great cover of “The Three Caballeros” song, sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.  I like its being played on an old gramophone as well, it just adds to the atmosphere.

This clip came to my attention courtesy of reader Kaze.  Thanks!

Here’s a hilarious “music video” for an Exit 57 song that uses clips from The Three Caballeros.  It’s really well-edited and the song is hilarious.  For those of you that don’t know, Exit 57 was an old comedy sketch TV program that featured now-famous Stephen Colbert.  He sings in this video!

And here’s Brazilian singer Jose Oliveira, the voice actor of José Carioca, performing live on the Mickey Mouse Club:

He’s playing a Mexican song, “Jesusita en Chihuahua,” a.k.a. “the cactus song” from The Three Caballeros.

I hope you enjoyed these videos, I certainly did.  (This blog’s not dead yet!)



Three Caballeros Fan Art
September 26, 2008, 10:10 am
Filed under: 3 caballeros, donald duck, drawings, fan stuff, jose carioca, panchito | Tags: , ,

Again, in lieu of “proper” content, and not wanting to go for a long time without posting anything, I’m presenting a selection of Three Caballeros-related artwork found on DeviantArt.  Just to be clear, these are not by me.

Anthropomorphized “human versions” of the three.

Wonderfully-drawn picture of the guys on the beach.

The caballeros in WW2-like military uniforms (I like!)

“Realistic” rendering.

Zé Carioca doing the whole Mary Poppins thing.

A badass rendering of the artist, Kuzco from The Emperor’s New Groove (hey, he IS South American and a llama), José, and Panchito.  I really dig this drawing despite its non-canon-ness.

Someone made their own SD 3 Caballeros figurines!  I would pay so much for these.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed these pics and that they filled the void in this blog sufficiently enough ^^;;



Panchito and José Carioca Get Held Up at Immigration.

Blurry enlargement from INDUCKS (click for full size).  This is an American comic from November 1944.

But here’s something a lot more fun, that I thought of immediately when I saw the image of the policeman giving the guys a hard time:



New book about the Latin America films coming soon
July 24, 2008, 11:56 am
Filed under: 3 caballeros, essays, merchandise, saludos amigos

“Fortunately, the Walt Disney Family Foundation has commissioned author J.B. Kaufman, the outstanding Disney historian responsible for books like Walt in Wonderland, to write an extensive book on Walt’s Latin American films…”

(Source: “The Lost Caballero” article at MousePlanet)

As a bit of a preview…..an article of Kaufman’s, “Walt in South America,” can be found at the Walt Disney Family Museum’s website, which also has a large amount of footage and audio related to the Latin America trip.

I’m really looking forward to this book.



Backgrounds of Bahia
July 8, 2008, 1:03 pm
Filed under: 3 caballeros, drawings

Animation Backgrounds has posted a large variety of beautiful background art from the “Baía” sequence of The Three Caballeros:



Cultural Essays at Projections
June 20, 2008, 9:01 pm
Filed under: 3 caballeros, essays, jose carioca

I can’t believe I never linked to these essays before, but the Projections blog, which covers portrayals of Latin America in film, has some wonderful writing on Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros and Melody Time.

It’s always interesting to look at these films through a different academic discipline.

Which reminds me… I haven’t yet turned my film nerd critical eye towards the Latin America films. But I assure you, one day I will.



“The Three Caballeros” Box Art: A Visual History

1.) Rare 1985 Japanese Laserdisc:

(click image for full size. Source: Walt Disney Japanese Laserdiscs)

I like the psychedelic colors of this one, even though the art is a little loopy. It’s quite dynamic and it certainly catches your eye.

One problem – the image on the left on the back of the laserdisc sleeve definitely refers the Tico-tico no Fuba dance, which is from Saludos Amigos, not The 3 Caballeros. These box layout people didn’t do their research.

2.) 1994 Japanese Laserdisc

This had virtually the same box art as the 1995 VHS release…they didn’t even bother to reformat, just slapped it on the cover and put some yellow space around it. (Pictured here)

3.) The 1995 VHS Release

Pretty corny, but it could be far worse. At least this was made before the days of shiny-fied digital “3D art,” which sometimes comes out strangely.

4.) The 1995 Laserdisc Combo Set:

Almost the same as the 1995 VHS release, but more “elegant” to target the highbrow laserdisc machine owner (I hear those things were notoriously expensive). This edition had a ton of extras, and many still haven’t made it onto the DVD releases.

5.) The 2000 VHS/DVD:

This cover is my favorite by far, although the desert-like landscape looks more “Lawrence of Arabia” than “Latin America.” I think this is quite nice, especially when compared to the *other* covers.

6.) The 2008 DVD Combo Set:

I really dislike this one a lot. First of all, it recycles the 2000 box art from the two films; I can’t say the box art for Saludos Amigos was too great, and it’s a shame to see it here, asserting its dominance over the much nicer Caballeros box art. I really can’t stand Jose Carioca’s “anti-gravity” hat here…what were they thinking? They made an effort to incorporate both films into the cover, but what they came up with really stinks. The text is too big and quite unsightly, and I can’t stand the “HEY LOOK BARGAINS 2-FOR-1!” banner on the bottom. I would have rather seen new art….or utilizing some of the amazing poster art from these films.

So, what are your opinions? Which is your favorite? Do you have other ideas?

If anyone has any different bootleg or alternate cover art not mentioned here, post the image links in your comment!

***Additions 6/17/2008 (courtesy of Foxxfur)

Box art for a reel of 8mm film of the “Three Caballeros” song number. I really like this box art! I wish they’d have used this instead of some of the others! The colors/design are a bit off on Panchito, though.

Very grade-school-library-looking….. This is a VHS from the ’80s using box art similar to the ’85 Japanese laserdisc, but without the technicolor rainbow horizon.