Imagine if Disney made a brand new Donald Duck TV series almost completely under the radar. It would be extremely unusual, especially since Donald currently has a big role in the DuckTales reboot. But apparently, it’s happened. Disney’s Legend of the Three Caballeros reunites Donald with Panchito Pistoles and José Carioca, his co-stars from the 1944 animated film, The Three Caballeros, and the series is already out…just not in the United States.
Via Cartoon Brew, Legend of The Three Caballeros is only available on Disneylife, a video on-demand app that is being tested in a few select countries. So far, the Philippines is the only place that the show can be found. A few clips from the series have shown up online, however, including the opening sequence that makes it look like the absolutely crazy Disney adventure series we’ve been waiting for.
Casual Disney fans may not be familiar with The Three Caballeros, but their shared history dates back to 1942, when Walt Disney Pictures released Saludos Amigos. That film was designed to extend Disney’s appeal to Latin America, and it introduced Donald’s new best friend, José Carioca. Two years later, The Three Caballeros added Panchito Pistoles to the mix and made the group a trio. Since then, Panchito and José have made infrequent appearances in animation, but José has proven to be a very popular character in the foreign Disney comics.
As noted by Cartoon Brew, Legend of The Three Caballeros was created by Disney Interactive, which operates outside of Disney Television Animation. This show is also completely separate from the DuckTales reboot, with no elements of the Carl Barks comics or even the previous Ducktales series other than Donald himself.
While Legend of The Three Caballeros doesn’t currently have a release set for the United States, 2019 will be the 75th anniversary of The Three Caballeros, and Disney is also launching its own streaming service next year. Legend of The Three Caballeros could potentially be one of the exclusive series for it, but we fully expect it to come to America at some point.
Disney has produced a new animated series inspired by The Three Caballeros, its 1944 Latin American-themed feature that starred Donald Duck, the Mexican rooster Panchito Pistoles, and the Brazilian parrot José Carioca.
The new 13 x 22-minute series, entitled Legend of The Three Caballeros, is currently available only on the Disneylife app, an SVOD service that Disney is trying out in the Philippines. Disneylife is also available in the U.K. and Ireland, but those regions do not carry the show.
Disney hasn’t officially announced the show yet, but fans have been discovering it on the app and spreading the word.
One of the people who worked on the show, Matt Chapman, pointed out on Twitter that it was developed through Disney Interactive, not Disney Television Animation, which handles most of the studio’s animated series.
Frank Angones, a co-producer on the new Ducktales, further commented on his Tumblr that the show has been finished for a while, even before the new Ducktales reboot was produced. He added, “It feels sort of like an alternate universe rooted more in the old Donald shorts than anything Barks-related – there’s no sign of Scrooge, the nephews, Gyro, Duckburg, lots of humans everywhere, etc., with April, May, and June standing in for the kid protagonists.”
No word on when – or if – the show will become available in the U.S., though next year is the 75th anniversary of The Three Caballeros, which seems like an ideal time to make it available.
The series I didn't know I needed! I love Jose and Panchito, so I'm super excited! The animation style looks nice and traditional, too, though I appreciate the newer looks Disney 2D characters have been sporting. I wonder if they're going to keep some of the educationally-angled theming from the movies, or maybe even some mixed-in live action. Though I feel like that's me being too ambitious with it.