Thursday, February 4, 2010

Celebrating 'The Three Caballeros' Anniversary!

Donald Duck being one of my favorite Disney characters, it should come as no surprise my affinity for Disney's The Three Caballeros. So decided to carry the celebration into another day :)

The above photo shows one of my favorite WDCC scene releases enhanced with some Three Caballero merchandise I was able to find over the past couple years, mainly due to the redo of the Mexican Ride, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros in the Mexican Pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World.

The above photo features the Three Caballero releases of Donald Duck, José Carioca , Panchito and the Opening Title (with artwork inspired by Mary Blair). They were released in August, 1995 and retired in April, 1996. I keep hoping the WDCC would do a sculpture featuring all three on the carpet but in the meantime, I'm making due with a cool serape my friend Tim from MN sent me, to give that effect.

Over the years, I've added a Harmony Kingdom Chili Pepper box, part of a salt and pepper set featuring them on the carpet (wishful thinking ) and my latest addition, the Margarita glass from Aribbas Brothers in the Mexican Pavilion in Epcot, featuring them engraved in the bowl of the glass atop a green cactus stem.

The film premiered in Mexico City on December 21, 1944. It was released in the United States on February 3, 1945. The film received two Academy Award nominations for Original Music Score and Best Sound. The film starred Donald Duck, who in the course of the film is joined by old friend José Carioca, the cigar-smoking parrot from Saludos Amigos (1942) representing Brazil and later makes a new friend in the persona of pistol-packing rooster Panchito Pistoles, representing Mexico.


Matthew said...

Don, it's good to see an actual picture in the "wild" of these pieces. I've never seen them "live" before. I love your set up.

Duckman said...

Thanks Matthew!

Ironically, it's my only WDCC scene that I enhanced with props, well except for adding a Harmony Kingdom Mushroom to my Alice in Wonderland setup :)

They're such great pieces, fun characters with a lot of color. The extras just added to the set up (at least to me .. LOL!)

dopey926 said...

Another great job with the arranging! It's a great display, and the margarita glass is a great addition!

Duckman said...

Thanks BFF! Love that Margarita Glass, not sure why it took me so long to get it? Made for a perfect addition to the scene, adding another fun element!

Unknown said...

I know this is an old post but I just stumbled across it and absolutely LOVE the margarita glass! I'm obsessed with the Three Caballeros! Do you know if they still sell this and if there's somewhere else I could obtain one short of going back to Disney asap?

DC Pop Fanatic said...

This glass was done by Aribbas Brothers. It's been a few years since I've seen it available at the parks. At the time I purchased mine (in the Mexican Pavillion), I recall it available at their store in Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs).