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Pink Elephant Sequence in Dumbo (1941)

by Nicholas Sammond

In this vivacious sequence from Dumbo, a bubble blown by Dumbo morphs into an elephant, and a series of phantasmal transformations occur. The pink elephants appear, morphing their bodies into instruments, radically transforming the animated space. The animators exploit the usage of point of view in this particular sequence and as deformations of the elephant body aid in creating an atmosphere of madness and lunacy onscreen. As Dumbo is in fact in a drunken stupor in this particular sequence, the animators represent in a lively manner without direct connotations the effects of an elephant drinking alcohol, in a series of imagined hallucinations that eventually fall back into being pink clouds.

Pink Elephant Sequence in Dumbo

In this vivacious sequence from Dumbo, a bubble blown by Dumbo morphs into an elephant, and a series of phantasmal transformations occur. The pink elephants appear, morphing their bodies into instruments, radically transforming the animated space.

from Dumbo (1941)
Creator: Ben Sharpsteen
Distributor: Walt Disney Animated Classics
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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