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The Isle of Pingo Pongo (1938)

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

Director:

Tex Avery (as Fred Avery)

Writer:

George Manuell (story) (as Geo Manuell)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Tex Avery ... Native Calling Football Signals (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Egghead (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce Robert C. Bruce ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Danny Webb Danny Webb ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1938 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Soundtracks

I'll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the Thousand Island gag
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A First In Mocumentaries
27 April 2018 | by VimaconeSee all my reviews

Tex Avery pioneered the spot gag format in cartoons. These had no plot and were simply a series of sight gags centered around a theme with an offscreen narrator. Most of the spot gag cartoons he did were parodies of travelogues and wildlife documentaries. It can be arguably said that he also pioneered "mockumentaries" as we know them today.

THE ISLE OF PINGO PONGO was the first spot gag short that was done. Tex cited the Fitzpatrick travelogues of the material he parodied. This was a film series that showcased the culture of a people in a faraway land. Documentaries like these tended to speak condescendingly of the cultures discussed. And that dismissive tone carries over into this short. While the island culture depicted is fictitious (given the deliberate geographic errors for comic effect), they do represent how America perceived "natives" in other lands in this era. This has made it unsuitable for broadcast/video release in recent decades. Although, with the advent of the internet, this short is now easily accessible.

I found it unusual that the animation is lacking on this short. It doesn't look as smooth as the kinetic animation from Avery's cartoons released this same year. The one redeeming quality that this short has is the swinging rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown. Other than that, Avery's better travelogue parodies are DETOURING AMERICA (1939) and CROSS COUNTRY DETOURS (1940).


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