On this day in 1945, Disney's 7th animated feature The Three Caballeros was released in U.S. theaters. Distributed by RKO Pictures, it had already premiered the previous December in Mexico City.
Produced as part of the studio's goodwill message for South America, the film is a series of segments strung together with Donald Duck opening birthday gifts from his Latin American friends. Donald unwraps a 16mm projector and views:
The Cold-Blooded Penguin - featuring a South Pole penguin named Pablo who will do anything to find a warmer climate.
The Flying Gauchito - about a little boy from Uruguay and his donkey named Burrito.
Baia - a pop-up book trip through Salvador (the capital of the Brazilian state of Baia) with Donald Duck, José Carioca (the cigar-smoking parrot from Saludos Amigos), and Panchito (a Mexican rooster).
La Piñata - the trio and a group of Mexican children who celebrate Christmas by re-enacting the journey of Mary & Joseph.
Interspersed throughout the film is live-action footage of native dancing and Latin American songs.
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