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Title Card "Pagan Moon"
Merrie Melodies (cartoon-specific opening / Piggy closing)
Released: January 23, 1932
Length: 6:55


Supervision by - Rudolf Ising
Drawn by - Rollin Hamilton, Norm Blackburn
Musical Score by - Frank Marsales


Tropical island hijinks as a boy tries to fetch his ukulele and makes music with the fishes instead.


The setting is a tropical island, where the title tune is sung by a ukulele-strumming boy and his hula-dancing girlfriend. The local animal population is also getting in on the act. A monkey uses bones to play percussion, but accidentally hits a larger monkey in the head. When the larger monkey complains, the smaller one says "Aww nuts!"   and clubs the big monkey in the head again. The fanny-slapping tree from Congo Jazz makes another appearance. Also, a group of birds dance in a tree, but one of them stops to go to the bathroom (actually an old tomato can). When an acorn drops on the can the little bird runs back to his nest. Meanwhile, the boy strolls along playing his ukulele, and steps onto what seems like a rock in the lagoon. It's actually an angry alligator, who swallows the boy's ukulele. The boy tries to reach into the gator's mouth and fetch his instrument, but the gator snaps his mouth shut each time. Finally the boy props the gator's mouth open with a stick and gets his ukulele back. The boy hasn't learned his lesson though; he hops across a few more rocks, but the last one turns out to be a turtle, who drops the boy back into the lagoon and rows away in his own shell. The boy hops into a boat with his sweetheart, using his ukulele as a paddle, but it drops into the water and sinks down into the lagoon. The boy dives in after it, but has to hide momentarily as the big fish from Bosko at the Zoo swims by. The ukulele floats by two fish playing leap frog on a piano near a sunken ship (more guest-stars from Bosko at the Zoo?). The boy sinks down until he lands on a rock, but his bad luck streak continues as it's revealed that the rock is an octopus! Thinking fast, the boy begins to play a tune on the piano, causing the octopus to dance. Once again the locals join in, with one fish playing the trumpet, a pair of shoes with little fishies inside doing a tap dance, another fish playing the trombone, and yet another fish playing the clarinet while a centipede does the fingering! The boy does a little scat, then finishes his number by banging a spittoon with a bone. The local fish begin to cheer, but the octopus raises his hand to stop them. He then does his own piano number (oddly using only two of his eight appendages). All the fish applaud again, including the boy, but suddenly the large fish returns and chases the boy. The boy finds a pipe and uses it to blow an air bubble, which he then rides up out of the water and into the air above. The bubble is knocked around by a bird, which then does a little exercise by running on the top of the bubble before finally popping it. Seeing her boyfriend falling from the sky, the girl rows her boat until she reaches a low-flying pelican. She hops onto the bird and orders it to catch her sweetie, which it does in its beak. The girl hops in as well and they fly off.


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Video Availability:

VHS: Inside Termite Terrace, Vol. 2
Laserdisc: Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 3


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