Release date: January 23, 1932.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Director: Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Norm Blackburn.
Musical Score by: Frank Marsales.
The short starts off in an island (probably Hawaii), there is a tropical boy playing his ukulele and singing the title song. He also has a girlfriend who appears to be topless and hula-dancing. There is a moon in the background that rises, that shows rippling water from the shining moon. There are two other tropical men who are playing the guitar in the background, as backup. Soon, the island boy starts to play music with his mouth like a kazoo.
Meanwhile there is a reuse from Congo Jazz where there is a palm tree that is dancing creepily, the animation is the same, but the backgrounds is different (according to ToonZone). There is a group of family birds, who are also dancing to the music on their tree. A little bird runs away inside a can to take a dump inside the cans, but an acorn falls off a branch above, and hits the top part of the can. This scares the little bird, and the little bird instead runs off and hides in the birds nest. This was particularly reused from The Booze Hangs High, with the ducks dancing, and the little duck steps off to go to the toilet.
The boy laughs, so he continues to step through the rocks, and it leads him to a rowing boat in which his girlfriend is in. The hula half-naked girl is singing, while the boy is playing his ukulele, he bounces the ukulele with his bottom, until the ukulele lands into the water, and falls under the sea. The boy swims underwater, to find his ukulele, underwater he sees a lot of fishes swimming. While the boy is swimming underwater, there is a huge fish that swims past, and the boy hides in a cave. The fish looks inside to see if there is anything under there, but instead he blows bubbles at the audience. Aw, c'mon - they reused this from Bosko at the Zoo, and considering that this was this short was released AFTER Bosko at the Zoo.
Eventually, the boy is joined in by trumpet-playing fishes who are by a shipwreck, and even two pairs of tapping feet dance to the rhythm at a sunken ship. There is a trombone player, who appears to be playing and steering the steering wheel, with a fish walking on the wheel while it's being steered, until he lands inside the trombone.
There's one thing that I've noticed in this cartoon: the Boy is a human, and he's underwater. It seems that he's been underwater for several minutes, and yet he's not even drowning at all, that IS a mistake made by Harman-Ising.
When I saw that cartoon the first time about a month ago, I didn't to be paying too much attention to it, and it seemed alright, but watching it twice again, made me realize that this cartoon was a "cheater" by Harman-Ising because of many reuses they put in this cartoon, and reuses always put me off, when they are bad, or don't even suit. I'm obviously aware of the Great Depression, but I don't think there should be too many reuses. Also, what I just noticed while watching it was that the boy appears to survive on water for a very long time, and I don't think that's very, very possible at all - unless he's got very, very strong lungs.
Harman-Ising would later create a cartoon that was so much reuses that Warner Bros. had to ask them to remake it again with less reuses, that cartoon would be Bosko and Honey which was unreleased.