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!)


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:

Feliz Navidad, Happy Holidays, Boas Festas – Holiday Comix Covers

Here are some nice holiday-related Brazilian comic book covers from the ever-wonderful Vila Xurupita.

  • Santa José Carioca and Scamp the puppy.
  • Zé: I want cigars and pretty girls and samba records and money and blank checks and more money….
  • There are more, so…continue reading! Continue reading

Disney 50 States Pins

You may recall a previous complaint about the Disney 50 states pin series and the fact that the New Mexico pin had Jose Carioca (not Panchito, the obvious choice), when Panchito wasn’t even used in the state pin series. You can see all the images here for all 50 state pins.

This is related to my interest in country mascots and representations of countries/areas, which I’ve previously ranted about before.

Out of curiosity, I looked to see which character represented my former homeland, South Carolina, a regular complaint of mine is its less-than-peachy representation in the media….but that’s a rant for another time (and one that belongs on my other blog). So, it was Belle from Beauty and the Beast!


Well, that’s nice, it coulda been Brer Rabbit or something possibly offensive (though I do love Brer Rabbit as well) I guess they picked her because she was a southern “belle?” (yes, pun intended). By the way, South Carolina is NOT shaped like that. It’s far less lumpy.

I decided to talk about all of the 50 states pins. I then found out there were actually SEVERAL 50 states sets, I will cover the others another time.

If you can make sense of the ones I can’t, please please comment.

  • Alabama – Lady from “Lady and the Tramp.” I guess she’s a nice southern girl, too.
  • Alaska – Monstro the whale from “Pinocchio.” I can see the reasoning here, but maybe Brother Bear characters would’ve been more appropriate. I think these pins predate that film, though.
  • Arizona a cowboy version of Pete, complete with cigar. Not too great, maybe they shoulda used Panchito here?
  • Arkansas – Pumbaa from “The Lion King.” What?!
  • CaliforniaDonald with a surfboard. This is nice, although I really think Mickey should be in California because the ORIGINAL Disneyland was there and Mickey is SUPPOSED to live there, although WDW in Florida gets far more attendance nowadays than Disneyland. Continue reading

Great Great Three Caballeros Fan Site!


Wow, Musa-chan, I think you’re the only person besides myself to devote so much energy and internetting to the Three Caballeros :D

This is a great little fansite, it even has some cute fanfiction and fanart!  Lots of unique stuff concerning the 3 Caballeros.  Definitely check it out!

Gran Fiesta Tour and Donald’s voices.

<For all of you who don’t know – the 3 caballeros ride in the Mexico pavillion at Epcot center in WDW.>

The Trapped on Vacation Podcast recently did an audio ride-through of the Gran Fiesta Tour, which can be found here. It’s a nice way to re-experience the ride with very good-quality audio.I never noticed, for instance, that the characters give the send-off when you finish the ride. It sounds a little odd to hear them telling you not to forget your stuff….tee hee…. :P I wonder if it wasn’t “really” something like…

José Carioca: Please exit the boat as quickly as possible…**so that I may take the stuff you forget and sell it back to you for exorbitant prices at the store, hehehehe**
Attractive women should remain on the vehicle to exit at an unspecified future date. Please leave all tobacco products in the box at the gate. Thank you!

And I notice now (but didn’t when I rode it my first and only time) the big difference in voices (especially during the song). This is one of those “you know you’re a disney nerd when…” things but I can totally tell the difference between the original Clarence “Ducky” Nash Donald and the “new” Donald voices.

But back to the ride….Here’s a video of the entire thing if you want to spoil it for yourself or reminisce.

My thoughts? I had experienced El Rio del Tiempo before GFT and thought it was a pretty cute ride….for the 1980s. I distinctly remember it never had a wait and was quite well air-conditioned. But I can never say no to anything that references the 3 caballeros, especially in such a fitting way. And this has meant the introduction of 3 caballeros costume mascots to the park, though I didn’t get to see them when I was there. The ride is far more interesting now and has something “disney” and “cartoony” to it to hold the attention of the little ones with something QUALITY, not just a paper glitter glue mask. But enough comparison.

Warning: the following review contains spoilers.

The ride starts off going past the Maya/Aztec pyramids, a beautiful scene which I am glad is unchanged. It goes into the dark-ride-room where we find out Donald is missing and the three guys have a concert tonight so they have to find him. We see Donald and the guys in various hijinks around the city through videos in little windows throughout the ride, broken by a “Small-World” style animatronic scene of little Mexican kids celebrating *presumably* El Dia de Los Muertos in the middle. This is an unchanged segment of the old ride. We then go into a nicely-done scene of Mexico city with fireworks and a stage where the guys are singing a segment of “The Three Caballeros” (the following video only shows this finale):

The animation is great and the new version of the song is, too! The ride overall is quite enjoyable.

The “new version” of the song is different in that the three sing together in some parts (yes, Donald too >_< ) and the voices are all new. Fans of the original will notice this right away. They only sing the first part of the song. *yes, the “three gay caballeros” line is still there, but leave it be :P *, so overly-sensitive parents need not get upset about the last line’s “suggestiveness” (the line this blog takes its title from :D )

Nitpickers like to remind us that José Carioca is BRAZILIAN and shouldn’t be a part of this ride. Well, then, he’s as much of a tourist as Donald! If Epcot ever decides to throw in a South American country pavilion (Brazil, please….) it would be pretty awesome to see Zé hosting some kind of dark ride train/boat ride through Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, etc. or maybe even a Tiki Room-style musical deal with some nice animatronics and samba numbers. You could even port the idea over into a musical restaurant, rainforest cafe-style.

One last thing…you’ll notice the ubiquitous *cigar* is missing for the entirety of Gran Fiesta Tour due to the brand-new animation. Yup.

Another l’il tangent: aging actors

I think the only job washed-up, aging actors can get besides playing washed-up, aging actors (cough cough,…..Lost in Translation…) and parodies of their former character selves is voicing cartoon villains. Why is it that every other low-budget cartoon I see in the store has “featuring the voice of…<insert old british actor here>!!!” in huge letters on it as if to legitimize it somehow?

In Malcolm McDowell‘s case, he’s guilty of two of the above at the same time Continue reading