A large box arrives for Donald Duck on his birthday, with three gifts inside from his Latin American amigos, the cigar-chomping José Carioca and the pistol-packing Panchito Pistoles. He unwraps one gift at a time, and each takes him on an adventure in a mix of music, animation, and live action!
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Sure the mix of live action and animation is a bit dated (except for the last part), but who the hell cares ? It was made almost 70 years ago, and it still blew me. Pure jolly ride from beginning til end =D
Everyone who grew up in the age of VHS and beyond knows that when they were a kid, they had a few films that meant a lot to them and would be watched over and over again. This was the one for me. My parents knew I loved Donald Duck and thought it would be a fun way to connect with my Latin American roots and I have nothing but fond memories of this film! I saw it recently and it still holds up! Very neglected Disney!
Properly deranged! Genuinely feverish and unholy!
One star added because I want Disney to see this and then start tearing the world to pieces with colour again! When a country goes to war what maniacal animators are left to take the reins???
Anyone who contrived to be offended by this is depriving themselves of deliciously surreal, absurdist humour and the peyote cactus trip to remember for all time. I think this may have been the Disney film with the greatest impact upon my childhood, and that probably explains a lot. Plus you really do learn things!
This really was the best of the package features (at least compared to the others I've seen - "Make Mine Music", "Sauludos Amigos", this and "Crane & Mr. Toad"). It's a fun film and sure, some of the sequences are a bit boring, but Donald is always worth a laugh.