Pink Elephants on Parade
|"Pink Elephants on Parade"|
"Pink Elephants on Parade" is a song and scene from the 1941 Disney animated feature film Dumbo in which Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse, having accidentally become intoxicated (through drinking water spiked with champagne), see pink elephants sing, dance, and play marching band instruments during an hallucination sequence. After the sequence, Dumbo and Timothy wake up, hungover, in a tree. It is at this point that they realize that Dumbo can fly.
The song was written by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington and sung by Mel Blanc, Thurl Ravenscroft and The Sportsmen. The segment was directed by Norman Ferguson, laid out by Ken O'Connor and animated by Hicks Lokey, Karl Van Leuven, and Howard Swift.
In popular culture
- The song was covered by Sun Ra. A recording of this arrangement is available on Stay Awake, a tribute album of Disney tunes played by various artists, and produced by Hal Willner. The song was also covered by Circus Contraption and Lee Press-on and the Nails.
- Daladubz samples the song in his dubstep song entitled "Pink Elephants VIP".
- The song was re-recorded by Chicago-based electronic/industrial rock band V is for Villains.
- Disney's House of Mouse pays homage to the song in the episode "Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation".
- Scenes from this sequence are reused in the 1943 Disney World War II propaganda film Der Fuehrer's Face.
- In The Big Snooze, Elmer Fudd's nightmare includes a parody of the sequence with "ziwwions and twiwwions of wabbits" marching on top of Fudd while Bugs Bunny is at an adding machine, literally multiplying them.
- The Bob's Burgers episode "Art Crawl" parodies the sequence with animals backwards with pink circles on their anuses.
- The Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Test Stress" includes a parody of the scene.
- The South Park episode "Doubling Down" references this sequence in a brief segment in which Eric Cartman, while in a hallucinatory fit of rage, visualizes a group of pink Kyles marching out of a broken heart.
- "Heffalumps and Woozles" from Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh bears a strong resemblance to "Pink Elephants on Parade".
- The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "One Trick Sponge" features a short musical sequence with an instrumental and visuals bearing resemblance to "Pink Elephants on Parade".
- The American Film Institute (1971). The American Film Institute catalog of motion pictures produced in the United States, Volume 1 University of California Press. pp. 663. ISBN 978-0-520-21521-4
- Langer, Mark, Film History, Vol. 4, No. 4 (1990). Regionalism in Disney Animation: Pink Elephants and Dumbo, pp. 305-321
- "Dumbo Press Kit" (PDF). March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
- Hischak, Thomas S.; Robinson, Mark A. (29 July 2009). The Disney Song Encyclopedia. Scarecrow Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-8108-6938-7.