Dumbo Pink Elephants On Parade

song music by Oliver Wallace, lyrics by Ned Washington, sung by The Sportsmen Quartet, clip from Dumbo (1941) movie.

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Song lyrics

Look out! Look out!
Pink elephants on parade
Here they come!
Hippety hoppety
They're here and there
Pink elephants everywhere

Look out! Look out!
They're walking around the bed
On their head
Clippety cloppety
Arrayed in braid
Pink elephants on parade

What'll I do?
What'll I do?
What an unusual view
I can stand the sight of worms
And look at microscopic germs
But technicolor
Is really too much for me
I am not the type to faint
When things are odd or things are quaint
But seeing things you know that ain't
Can certainly give you an awful fright
What a sight!
Chase 'em away!
Chase 'em away!
I'm afraid, need your aid
Pink elephants on parade
Pink elephants! Pink elephants!

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In the sequence when the two elephants are ice skating against a black background, the powerful camera lights were causing the background to appear gray on screen. To rectify this, the animators replaced the black painted background with a large piece of black velvet which did not reflect any light and gave the desired effect.

As a leitmotif in Disney's creation, 36 years later, the theme of paradoxical dreams and elephants of childhood imagination is developed in the song Heffalumps and Woozles from the adaptation of A. A. Milne's books in 22nd Disney Animated Classic The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), this time in the dream of a willy nilly silly old bear.

The song is included in Dumbo Movie Songs

Bringing the original Dumbo story to Walt Disney's attention is credited to Kay Kamen (1892-1949). Kamen was Disney's head of merchandise licensing and a prototype of the Roll-A-Book storytelling device was displayed to him. He was not much interested in the device but thought the story had potential.

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