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The Isle of Pingo Pongo (1938)

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A travelogue spotlights the tropical island of Pingo Pongo, showing the unusual flora and fauna and the lives of the happy natives.

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Native Calling Football Signals (voice) (uncredited)
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A travelogue spotlights the tropical island of Pingo Pongo, showing the unusual flora and fauna and the lives of the happy natives.

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One of the "Censored 11" banned from T.V. syndication by United Artists in 1968 (then the owners of the Looney Tunes film library) for alleged racism. Ted Turner continued the ban when he was hired and stated that these films will not be re-issued and will not be put on Home Video. These cartoons will probably never air on television again, and only non-Warner Bros. licensed public domain video tapes will probably ever have these cartoons on them. See more »

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Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?
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Tex Avery's The Isle of Pingo Pongo is another of the "Censored 11"
30 June 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is another of the "Censored 11" Warner Bros. cartoons that will probably never be seen on commercial television again. It starts harmless enough with various spot gags about the Sandwich Island (shaped like a...well, you know), as well as the Thousand Island (with a giant bottle of the salad dressing on board). There's also various birds represented such as a Mockingbird (who mocks everything the announcer says). Then there are various scenes with the natives who are portrayed here in animated form as black with white lips. As demeaning as these stereotypes are, they do provide some entertaining musical moments singing "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain", the last number in a Country-Western vibe. Then there's the running gag of Egghead (precursor of Elmer Fudd) asking the off-screen announcer, "Now, boss?" with the boss saying, "Not yet." When that boss finally gives his approval at the end, Egghead provides the short's topper. Since this was directed by Tex Avery, I do recommend The Isle of Pingo Pongo. Just be aware of the political incorrectness that pervades the last few minutes...


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