This day in Disney History, The Three Caballeros Premiered.
The Three Caballeros premiered in the United States on February 3, 1945 and in Mexico City on December 21, 1944. The Three Caballeros is an animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions. The 7th animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon, as well as the first Disney canon to be a sequel (to Saludos Amigos), the film plots an adventure through parts of Latin America, combining live-action and animation. It is the second of the Disney package films of the 1940s.
The film is plotted as a series of self-contained segments, strung together by the device of Donald Duck opening birthday gifts from his Latin American friends. Several Latin American stars of the period appear, including singers Aurora Miranda (sister of Carman Miranda) and Dora Luz, as well as dancer Carmen Molina. The film was produced as part of the studio’s good will message for South America, but is less obviously propagandistic than others. The film again stars Donald Duck, who in the course of the film is joined by old friend José Carioca, the cigar-smoking parrot Saludos Amigos, representing Brazil, and later makes a new friend in the persona of a pistol-packing rooster Panchito Pistoles, representing Mexico.