Latin Baby ~ Disney’s Latin America Films


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 ^^;;

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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:



“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.



The Latin America films in other languages

I enjoy looking at titles (and clips) of films I like in other languages (namely the two I’ve studied, Japanese and Spanish). So naturally, this line of inquiry led to an investigation of the Latin America films and issues in their titling, marketing, and translation. (And besides, I haven’t written a good, long article in ages). For example, how does a film called “Saludos Amigos” work out in countries where no one is familiar with Spanish? And what was the film called in Portugal? What about the songs and character names? Well, this is what the article covers, so keep reading. Continue reading



Essays on the 3 Caballeros & Saludos Amigos at Passport2Dreams

tc2.jpgI love Passport2Dreams, Foxxfur writes scholarly essays on Disney utilizing everything from spatial/architectural theory to art analysis to film theory.

And she just wrote on THE THREE CABALLEROS! Hooray!

Read the essay here.



Kingdom Hearts?

This site wrote a list of the “top 10 characters missing in Kingdom Hearts.” I don’t play video games anymore really, and I haven’t played the 2nd Kingdom Hearts yet. While the 3 caballeros is not really the basis for a “world” in Kingdom Hearts, a cameo summon (comin’ out with guns blazing! :D ) or something would be nice. Does anyone know if a Kingdom Hearts 3 is in the works? Come on, if they were expanding the series to live action Disney films like Tron and Pirates of the Caribbean in Kingdom Hearts 2, they could at least throw in some kind of tribute to the older films.



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!

southern

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