The cartoon travelogue shows us the splendors of Hawaii. Next, we're invited to follow the bouncing ball and sing along to "Blue Hawaii."

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Charles Irving ...
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"Blue Hawaii" begins as a travelogue. As we watch an impossible number of persons board an ocean liner, the narrator tell us, "Each year thousands of fun- and sun-worshiping vacationists flock to the Hawaiian islands, eight semi-tropical islands nestled like sparkling gems in the languid waters of the blue Pacific." The cartoon provides visual puns and wacky sight gags as we are taken to "dazzling Diamond Head"; Pearl Harbor (a harbor surrounded by a giant pearl necklace); Waikiki Beach; and a still-active volcano (that needs a spittoon for its eruptions). We see how poi is made and how canned pineapple is harvested. We witness a luau and see a native girl throw a lei on Jimmy Durante's nose. Next, we're invited to follow the bouncing ball and sing along to "Blue Hawaii." Written by J. Spurlin

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13 January 1950 (USA)  »

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Narrator: Each year thousands of fun- and sun-worshiping vacationists flock to the Hawaiian islands, eight semi-tropical islands nestled like sparkling gems in the languid waters of the blue Pacific.
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Blue Hawaii
Written by Leo Robin & Ralph Rainger
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An undistinguished cartoon travelogue and sing-along, with one or two funny gags
27 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Blue Hawaii" begins as a travelogue. As we watch an impossible number of persons board an ocean liner, the narrator tell us, "Each year thousands of fun- and sun-worshiping vacationists flock to the Hawaiian islands, eight semi-tropical islands nestled like sparkling gems in the languid waters of the blue Pacific." The cartoon provides visual puns and wacky sight gags as we are taken to "dazzling Diamond Head"; Pearl Harbor (a harbor surrounded by a giant pearl necklace); Waikiki Beach; and a still-active volcano (that needs a spittoon for its eruptions). We see how poi is made and how canned pineapple is harvested. We witness a luau and see a native girl throw a lei on Jimmy Durante's nose. Groucho Marx also makes an appearance.

Next, we're invited to follow the bouncing ball and sing along to "Blue Hawaii," written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger. A surprise celebrity provides the final gag.

This undistinguished cartoon, part of Paramount's Screen Songs series, has one or two laughs. I liked the gag revealing that a poi factory's claim that their product is "untouched by human hands" is less appealing than it sounds.


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