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24 July 1934 (USA)  »

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Cartoon about cannibals, with a Betty Boop look-alike
13 December 2015 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a cartoon in the Willie Whopper series produced by Iwerks studio. There will be spoilers ahead:

This cartoon is going to offend a fair number of people, as it features not only a basically topless Betty Boop clone, but an island full of cannibals as well.

Willie Whopper is seen on a raft in his yard and then starts telling Goofy about the tie he was shipwrecked and we see him in the ocean. Looking through a spyglass, he spots a dark-haired version of Mary, his girlfriend, looking a bit like Betty Boop as well. He starts paddling his raft with glee, using a guitar as an oar. A wave sweeps him onto the island, knocking over the girl. She starts chewing Willie out until he starts playing his guitar.

A strange looking bird starts dancing to Willie's playing and then they hear drums playing and start running from cannibals. They're caught and taken to the chief. There's a very funny gag involving the chief's cigar and another gag where the chief envisions Willie as a pig with an apple in its mouth. Willie is taken to a cook (a Stepin Fechit caricature) who is supposed to cook Willie, but Willie pulls out some dice.

Cut to the chief and the girl, with the girl again basically topless and making a fool out of the chief. Music starts and a table is placed before the chief. There are a couple of good gags and then Willie and the girl escape. They jump off a cliff and are rescued from a pond by a friendly elephant. The ending is cute, so I won't spoil it here.

This short, along with all the Willie Whopper cartoons, is now available on a Blu-Ray/DVD combo released by Thunderbean and the set is well worth getting.

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