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

Director:

(as Fred Avery)

Writer:

(story) (as Geo Manuell)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A little cat must take his sick father's place as night watchman, but is bullied by a tough mouse and his gang, leaving the rest of the mice free to eat all the food and stage a musical floor show.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Margaret Hill-Talbot, The Sportsmen Quartet
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

So White flees from the wicked Queenie, wins over the thugs from Murder Inc. and meets her overrated Prince Chawmin'.

Director: Robert Clampett
Stars: Ivie Anderson, Mel Blanc, Ruby Dandridge
Family | Horror | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A dark and stormy night; a knock on the door of the pig family. It's lawyer Goodwill, with Uncle Solomon's will which leaves everything to the pigs, but if something happens to them, it ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Billy Bletcher
Animation | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The brochures in a travel agency come to life. After a series of quick gags (flying fish in airplanes, a wave washing swimmers out to sea and back, etc). , there's a musical interlude ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher, Dave Weber
Family | Musical | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

At the Katnip Kollege, we see a roomful of cats taking a course in Swingology. Everyone swings except Johnny, who can't cut it and has to sit in the dunce chair. Miss Kitty Bright tells him... See full summary »

Directors: Cal Dalton, Cal Howard
Stars: Mel Blanc, Johnnie Davis, George MacFarland
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Porky and his friends try to save a theatrical boarding house.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Mel Blanc
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A black man sneaks out of church and tries to steal a chicken, but gets a taste of hell when he's accidentally knocked unconscious.

Director: Friz Freleng
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An arctic saloon. The tiny dog, Dan McFoo, is playing a pinball-like marble game in the back. His girlfriend, Sue, sounding like Katharine Hepburn, stands by. A stranger comes in with eyes ... See full summary »

Director: Tex Avery
Stars: Tex Avery, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Starts out with a tribe of African cannibals imitating Native Americans. After this, they do the new Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theme "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down." Then a sloppy ... See full summary »

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In the border town of Boiled Beef, Texas, in 1872, a bandit who is wanted by authorities terrorizes the town - but a pig-headed deputy thinks he has a way to capture him.

Director: Friz Freleng
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In this parody of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Little Eva and Topsy try to rescue old Uncle Tom from the clutches of the evil slave-dealer Simon Simon [sic] Legree.

Director: Tex Avery
Stars: Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The Lord sees that the stock value of "Pair-o-dice" is dropping on the exchange so he dispatches a slow-witted and slow-talking angel to sinful Harlem to recruit new customers. When this ... See full summary »

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc, The Four Blackbirds, Danny Webb
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
Tex Avery ...
Native Calling Football Signals (voice) (uncredited)
...
Egghead (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 September 1938 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Featured in Bamboozled (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

California, Here I Come
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
Played as the ship snakes around the island
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Can I tell you yet? (Actually, I will whether or not I'm allowed to)
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.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Isle of Pingo Pongo (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?