The Isle of Pingo Pongo

The Isle of Pingo Pongo


Directed By: Fred Avery
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: May 28, 1938
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Geo Manuell
Animation: Irven Spence
Virgil Ross (uncredited)
Layouts: TBA
Backgrounds: TBA
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Tex Avery
Gil Warren[citation needed|date={{{1}}}]

The Sing Band

Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Narrator
Zulu Natives
Polar Bear
Vacationing Eskimo
Preceded By: Injun Trouble
Succeeded By: Porky the Fireman
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The Isle of Pingo Pongo

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The Isle of Pingo Pongo is a 1938 Warner Bros. cartoon directed by Tex Avery. It is the first of Avery's spoofs of travelogues. The cartoon was banned from TV syndication in 1968 by United Artists (the owners at the time) for racist depictions of black people and is one of the "Censored Eleven". UA believed that no amount of editing could make it allowed to be distributed on United States television.


A cruise ship's trip from New York starts departing to the island of Pingo-Pongo, presumably located in the South Seas. The ship sails past the Statue of Liberty, who acts as a traffic cop, past the “Canary Islands” and “Sandwich Islands,” to the remote island. The inhabitants are mostly tall, black, and have big feet and lips. They at first play drums, then break into a jazz beat, still described as a “primitive savage rhythm.”

A running gag including Egghead runs a few times.


The ban has been upheld by the cartoon's successive owners (Ted Turner) and is unlikely to be released on home video, however, as The New York Times reports[1], unauthorized copies are relatively easy to find.

The original credits show up while the Merrie Melodies theme is playing. Thus, there is no original title cue to go along with the titles. After the cue ends, the video skips to where the Blue Ribbon reissue started. Although the first sentence that the narrator says is missing in the reissue.[2]

The short in its 1944 reissue can be easily found on DailyMotion. There are 2 copies, 1 in good condition, the other is a poor bootleg copy. Additionally, the short was recently viewed with 7 films part of the Censored Eleven at the TCM Film Festival in Hollywood on April 24, 2010, as part of a classic film series, presented by Donald Bogle. It is unknown if the original titles have been restored for the future DVD release. The release has yet to come, but Jerry Beck said transfers are done with a few extra banned films owned by WB. However, around August 2016, Jerry Beck said that WB was not going to release their Censored 11 DVD until the DVD market goes up in sales again.[3]

Original titles

A copy with original titles is known to exist.[4]


  1. Cartoons of a Racist Past Lurk on YouTube
  2. "The Isle Of Pingo Pongo" (1938)
  3. email, I can post it if you like

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