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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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Banned... but funny in parts
15 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This Warner Brothers cartoon does not feature any of their famous cast of characters, instead it takes the form of a travelogue, following the voyage of a cruise ship from New York to the Pacific island of Pingo Pongo. Once on the island it starts by showing us the strange native fauna which includes a mocking bird which repeats everything the commentator says in a sarcastic tone and a gazelle which when asked to stop so we can get a look at her stands on her hind legs to show off a (human shaped) feminine figure.

The problems start in the second half when we are introduced to the native population; these are drawn in a way that one might think they were meant to be apes if one wasn't told otherwise. There were still a few decent jokes though, at one point we are told that the native is unaware he is being filmed then he whips out a camera and takes a photograph. I must admit that I was fairly amused by this overall, especially the sight gags that seemed popular in early cartoons, I could have done without the locals being drawn the way they were but wasn't too offended.

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