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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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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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Minuet in G
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played when the islanders dance the minuet
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26 September 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

One of the many racist-and-clever-at-the-same-time Looney Tunes cartoons, Tex Avery's "The Isle of Pingo Pongo" spoofs 1930s travelogues. As this comes from Tex, there's no shortage of gags (some of which also appeared in "You're an Education"). Just like in other cartoons with similarly offensive images of non-white people, the material is equally as clever as it is racist (other examples include "Johnny Smith and Poker-Huntas" and "Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs").

The unofficial star of this short is none other than Elmer Fudd's prototype Egghead. When he first appeared and asked his question, I suspected that I was in for a cool finale. Maybe it wasn't quite as zany as I would have hoped for in a Tex Avery cartoon, but it was still pretty neat. I recommend the cartoon, just as long as you understand the racist content. Available on YouTube, and preceded by the Blue Ribbon reissue in place of the credits.


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