Panchito Pistoles

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Panchito Pistoles
Panchito Pistoles.png
First appearanceThe Three Caballeros (1944)
Created byThe Walt Disney Company
Voiced byJoaquin Garay (original)
Carlos Alazraqui (2001-present)
Jaime Camil (Legend of the Three Caballeros)
Arturo Del Puerto (DuckTales)[1]
Panchito Romero Miguel Junipero Francisco Quintero González
Pancho el Charro

Panchito Pistoles is a cartoon character drawn as an anthropomorphized rooster. He appeared in the film The Three Caballeros. Later he appeared in several Disney comics, including Don Rosa's The Three Caballeros Ride Again (2000) and The Magnificent Seven (Minus 4) Caballeros (2005).


Panchito is a friend of Donald Duck and José Carioca. He lives in Mexico and rides on a horse called Señor Martinez. He had some appearances in Disney's House of Mouse and in Minnie's Bow-Toons as a MC for a Mexican Fiesta. His first appearance in comics was a self-titled 1943 story in which he met and fell for Clara Cluck. A few months earlier he appeared in a text story titled "La Piñata". From 1944 to 1945 there was a sunday strip, written by Bill Walsh, pencils by Paul Murry and inks by Dick Moores.[2]

Panchito's full name is Panchito Romero Miguel Junipero Francisco Quintero González.[3] Panchito or Pancho, as well as Paco or Paquito are nicknames for Francisco, which is also his fifth name. The unusually large name is making fun of the fact that, in many Spanish speaking countries, people use two last names (which, in some cases, are composed of two or more words) and commonly has one or even more middle names, and in some cases, like Juan Nepomuceno Carlos Pérez-Rulfo Vizcaíno's or María del Rosario Mercedes Laura Jennifer Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza's, they are pretty large. Quintero González is Panchito's last name; according to Spanish naming, Quintero would be his father's last name and González his mother's.

As there is no reference to his surname "Pistoles", some people assume that it is another nickname. The word "Pistoles" does not exist in Spanish, although "Pistolas" would mean guns, specifically handguns or pistols. Probably the -E in Pistolas was a phonetical adaptation to ease pronunciation for non-Spanish-speakers in the United States. His surname is likely Pistolas because he is seen with two handguns in some scenes of The Three Caballeros.

The merchandise location at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World is named Panchito's Gifts and Sundries, and features Panchito's likeness on its sign.

In April 2007, Walt Disney World re-introduced Panchito (along with the second Caballero, José Carioca), in the newly revamped ride at Epcot's Mexico Pavilion with entirely new animation and a new storyline. It has been dubbed "The Gran Fiesta Tour". In the storyline, the reunited Three Caballeros are set to play a show in Mexico City. Donald Duck goes missing, and José and Panchito must search throughout Mexico for Donald as he takes in various sights around Mexico. The animation was apparently directed by Eric Goldberg.[4]

Panchito can also be seen in the Hong Kong Disneyland version of It's a Small World, which opened on April 28, 2008, as well as the Disneyland (in California) version of It's a Small World, installed during major refurbishments between January and November 2008.

José and Panchito's costumes were extinct at the Disneyland Resort by 2011, but were re-Imagineered for Mickey's Soundsational Parade. They now appear daily with Donald Duck and dancers with a float where Donald is trying to hit a Pinata.

Panchito appears with José and Donald in Disney California Adventure's ¡Viva Navidad! celebration for the holiday seasons.[5]

Señor Martinez[edit]

Señor Martinez is the anthropomorphic horse of Panchito Pistoles. Señor Martinez first appeared in a 1944 newspaper strip, written by Bill Walsh and drawn by Paul Murry.[6] Recently the horse made appearances in "The Three Caballeros Ride Again" and "The Magnificent Seven (Minus Four) Caballeros", both stories written and drawn by Don Rosa. However, Don Rosa chose to draw Señor Martinez as a 'realistic' horse, instead of sticking with his more cartoonish original appearance.

Aircraft representations[edit]

Present-day B-25J with Panchito nose art

During World War II, the Mexican Escuadrón 201 used Panchito Pistoles as its mascot.

The U.S. Army Air Force operated a North American Aviation B-25J Mitchell, serial number 43-28147, which was named and decorated with the likeness of Panchito as her nose art. She operated with the 41st Bombardment Group in the Central Pacific theater from December 1943 to October 1944 and was eventually scrapped in 1949.

Also the Swedish Air force had a P51 decorated with Panchito. The P51 was called J26 in Sweden and this air craft, "Röd Erik" (Red Erik), belonged to the 3rd division at the 16th wing outside Uppsala. The decoration was painted 1946 by Sture Mattsson.[7]

Today, another B-25J Mitchell, serial number 44-30734, flies as a replica of the original Panchito. Delivered on February 1945, she operated with the U.S. Army Air Force until being sold into civilian service in 1959. Restored in 1986, today she flies with the Rag Wings and Radials airshow performers.[8]

In other media[edit]



  1. ^ "DuckTales introduces the Three Caballeros at Comic-Con". Entertainment Weekly. July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  2. ^
  3. ^ House of Mouse, episode 19 "Not So Goofy", song "My Name Is Panchito"
  4. ^ The Three Caballeros return… in Orlando Archived 2008-11-21 at the Wayback Machine., April 9, 2007 4:00 pm
  5. ^ Christianz (12 November 2013). "¡Viva Navidad!". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  6. ^ "I.N.D.U.C.K.S." Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  7. ^ [1] Silvervingar: Del 2 av 3
  8. ^ [2] Panchito, Then and Now: A B-25 story
  9. ^ Disney Made A ‘Three Caballeros’ TV Series, But Most People Can’t See It

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