ELEPHANTastic! (4) – Cartoon Elephants Through The Years
This week we look into the curious lives of elephants in a special feature called “ELEPHANTastic!”
Today I bring you “Cartoon Elephants Through The Years”.
- Elmer (1936)
- Dumbo (1941)
- Horton (1954)
- Ellyvan (2009-Present)
- Elephant from “Hickory Dickory…Crash!”(2011)
Elmer Elephant is a Silly Symphonies cartoon short produced by The Walt Disney Company, directed by Wilfred Jackson and released on March 28, 1936.(Info Source)
Dumbo is a 1941 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures.
The fourth film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, Dumbo is based upon the storyline written by Helen Aberson and illustrated by Harold Pearl for the prototype of a novelty toy (“Roll-a-Book”). The main character is Jumbo Jr., a semi-anthropomorphic elephant who is cruelly nicknamed “Dumbo”. He is ridiculed for his big ears, but in fact he is capable of flying by using his ears as wings. Throughout most of the film, his only true friend, aside from his mother, is the mouse, Timothy — a relationship parodying the stereotypical animosity between mice and elephants.
|Watch the Dumbo 1941 Trailer
Dumbo was made to recoup the financial losses of Fantasia. It was a deliberate pursuit of simplicity and economy for the Disney studio, and at 64 minutes, it is one of Disney’s shortest animated features.
Horton the elephant is a fictional character from the books Horton Hatches the Egg and Horton Hears a Who!, both by Dr. Seuss. Horton is a kind, sweet-natured elephant who cares about other animals or people. Though he goes through many hardships, whether trying to keep an egg warm through storms, rough travels, and humiliating shows, or tries to save a small planet from harm, he always triumphs; the egg hatches into an elephant-bird, while the planet is saved and respected by the others. He is very popular because of his big heart and respectful compassion, which makes him more humorous.
Horton is also a character on the TV series The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. Kent Rogers voiced the character in “Horton Hatches the Egg”. He is also a principal character in Seussical the Musical, which uses most of the two Horton books as its primary plot line.
Horton is voiced by Jim Carrey in the computer-animated adaptation of Horton Hears A Who, where he is shown as being eccentric and imaginative, and sort of absent-minded.
Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
Horton Hears a Who!, also known as Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, is a 2008 American CGI-animated comedy feature film based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name. It is the first adaptation of a Dr. Seuss work fully animated using CGI technology. Jim Carrey as Horton the Elephant.Info Source
of Jungle Junction
Ellyvan (voiced by Billy West) – A blue elephant van with an American accent, who carries the deliveries around the jungle. He is the biggest animal in the jungle and Zooter’s (An energetic pink piglet scooter) best friend. His name is a made up compound word of elephant and van. He is able to suck improbable quantities of liquids up his trunk and spray them distances of up to half a mile or so. Info Source
Ellyvan needs to be a bit more careful as he keeps on making “Oopsies”, so Taxicrab teaches how to dance ballet
to become more graceful!
Last but not the least…my son’s favourite of them all:
The Hickory Dickory Elephant
(as we like to call it)
This Super Simple version of Hickory Dickory Dock is called “Hickory Dickory…Crash!” Folks at Super Simple Learning were so clever to expand the classic nursery rhyme/song. Instead of just the mouse going up and down the clock, they added other animals and also manage to throw in a couple more lessons- counting and telling the time. Here are the animals in the order that they are introduced on the video: Mouse-Snake-Squirrel-Cat-Monkey-Elephant