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"Blue Hawaii" before Elvis

Before Elvis Presley sang the title song in the 1961 movie Blue Hawaii, Bing Crosby sang the tune in the 1937 film Waikiki Wedding.

In 1950, Famous Studios (Paramount Pictures’ animation division) used “Blue Hawaii” in a cartoon.

The cartoon’s culturally and historically outrageous. Still, we couldn’t help but giggle at the monkeys pounding poi and the dancing palm trees.

How about you? Amused? Offended by the portrait of Hawaii in this cartoon?

A bonus: If you don’t know the words to “Blue Hawaii,” you can sing along by following the bouncing ball.

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