If you’re looking for a movie to watch with the kids this Christmas season consider renting or buying Disney’s 1944 film The Three Caballeros.

Like most of Disney’s really good product, this film can be enjoyed by kids of ALL ages.

In fact, when we did a blog about psychedelic movies we mentioned Disney’s Fantasia and should have mentioned this film as well. The color is magnificent and the images mind blowing.

Disney combined animated characters with live action and had Donald Duck and his pals, Jose Carioca and Panchito, interact with live singers and dancers.

The film was made during World War II and was part of the Good Neighbor Policy of the time. We were cozying up to our Latin American allies. So Donald goes to Brasil (that’s right it’s spelled with an “s” not a “z”) — and to Mexico. In fact the film premiered in Mexico City before it opened in the States.

The film stars Mexican singer Dona Luz, who sings “You Belong to My Heart,” and Brazilian singer and dancer Aurora Miranda.  She’s the younger sister of Carmen Miranda and although never as big in America was a huge star in her native land.

Catch her in a small but pivotal part in The Phantom Lady. She only made those two films in the U. S. before returning home.


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