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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.


(as Fred Avery)


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


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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14 September 1938 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


I'll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs
Music by Harry Warren
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Censor it for being a dull cartoon!
30 December 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is in the style that was popular with Looney Tunes back about 1940 or so. It's one of many fake documentary cartoons and this time it's about the mythical island of Pingo Pongo off the coast of Africa.

This is one of almost a dozen cartoons that were pulled from circulation by United Artists back when they owned the rights to these cartoons. Ted Turner continued the ban and I can think of no logical reason why Time-Warner-AOL would change this decision now that they own the rights.

The reason I could see for banning this was pretty obvious. The African natives were all giant-lipped with bones through their hair AND they sang a minstrel number--definitely NOT politically correct images! However, while I am NOT a fan of political correctness, I can agree with the powers that be--it is pretty offensive. In addition, I also wouldn't mind seeing the film out of circulation because it's so gosh-darn dull as well! These documentary-style cartoons don't age well and while I might have laughed at much of the humor when I was a kid, now I would just stare at the screen because the jokes are so corny and unfunny--even without the stereotypes. In other words, by pulling this offensive cartoon, we really aren't missing out on much and this is one that isn't really worth your time! If you are curious, though, it and most of the other banned cartoons are available on YouTube and other sources as well.

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