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The Pink Elephants
Background information
Feature films Dumbo
Television programs House of Mouse
Video games Epic Mickey (Deleted)
Park attractions Fantasmic!
Animagique
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators
Voice Song performed by Cliff Edwards
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Euphoric, crazy, twisted
Appearance Various elephant-shaped hallucinations with many colors and forms. They're called "pink" due to their preferred color scheme
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Hallucinations
Alignment
Alignment Bad
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal
Home
Relatives
Pets
Allies
Minions
Enemies Dumbo, Timothy Mouse
Likes Fun, drunkenness, changing forms
Dislikes Dumbo's doped state ending, dissapearing
Powers and abilities Multiplication, shape-shifting, limited reality distortion (only for those who see them)
Weapons
Fate Form into clouds.
Quote (from Pink Elephants on Parade) "Look out! Look out! Pink elephants on parade! Here they come! Hippety-hoppety. They're here, and there! Pink elephants everywhere!"

The Pink Elephants are hallucinations that Dumbo and Timothy Mouse have after drinking the champagne that the clowns accidentally drop in Dumbo's water bucket in Disney's 1941 film, Dumbo.

Appearances

Dumbo

During the film, the clowns Dumbo has worked with are changing into their casual clothes and celebrating a successful fireman act with champagne. They come up with a plan for their next act, and while they are leaving to tell their boss, one hits the table with the bottle of champagne into Dumbo's water bucket, which is right outside their break tent. Dumbo and Timothy drink the spiked water and become instantly and heavily drunk; at Timothy's request, Dumbo blows some bubbles, which transform into elephants and they start to hallucinate that these elephants are moving. These colorful hallucinations dance around and scare Dumbo and Timothy. Eventually, the effects of the champagne wear off and the elephants fade away.

House of Mouse

The Pink Elephants appear in several episodes of the series.

In the episode "Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation," while Donald and Daisy are in charge of the club, they book the Pink Elephants as one of their faulty acts (along with 101 Dragons). They cause several inconveniences to the guests, such as acting as a canoe for Pocahontas, being weights for Hercules (eventually causing him to fall through the floor), drinking Clarabelle's milk, knocking Timon into Goofy's dirty dishes, throwing Ursula on top of Goofy, stealing Pooh's honey (which makes sense because elephants are essentially the same as heffalumps) and, of course, frightening Dumbo. Fortunately, Timothy was able to get rid of the technicolor creatures by scaring them away with a wooden sign that had the word "Boo" written on it.

Video Game Appearances

Epic Mickey

In the original storyboard. The Pink Elephants was planned to be one of the Beetleworx enemies in the game, But later were scrapped in the final storyboard.

Disney Parks

Pink Elephant DLP

A Pink Elephant in Animagique at Walt Disney Studios Park.

The Pink Elephants appear in certain shows at the Disney Parks.

Animagique

The Pink Elephants are the first set of characters Donald Duck encounters in the show. When they first appear before him, they perform a shortened version of the original Pink Elephants song. After this, Donald thanks them, and watches them exit. 

Fantasmic!

Pink Elephants appear in the Disneyland version of the show, dancing to their song.

Trivia

  • The Pink Elephants musical number is very controversial due to the inclusion of alcohol and drunkness. Because of this, several book adaptations of the film often cut out their scene and sometimes replace it with a new scene of Dumbo falling asleep and dreaming about flying.
  • The Pink Elephants are spoofed in an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures when Plucky Duck gets Einstein's smarts. 
  • A Pink Elephant made a cameo on the Simpsons where it crushes a goblin hallucination Barney was experiencing that was caused by a peyoti-laced organic drink. Afterwards, Barney thanks it and claims that it's always been there for him.
  • Part of the Pink Elephants' parade was heard playing on T.V. in Disney's 2007 film, Enchanted.
  • The Pink Elephants' theme music is played in the Donald Duck short 'Tea For Two Hundred' in 1948, when the ants are marching to steal Donald's picnic food.

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