Dumbo and Co: Charming Pics of Mid Century Elephants

Dumbo and Co: Charming Pics of Mid Century Elephants

Elephants are one of the largest land mammals on earth and also one of the longest lived, with a lifespan averaging 60 years or longer. In the Buddhist tradition, a white elephant is considered to be the incarnation of Buddha. Thus the rare appearance of a white elephant is still heralded as a manifestation of the gods. The Hindu god Ganesh, the remover of obstacles, has the head of an elephant.

Here are some exceptionally beautiful mid century renderings of this mystical, intelligent and emotional animal for you to enjoy!

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And now for possibly the most trippy Disney sequence of all time…

I remember as a child watching this and being transfixed and scared at the same time. My brother and I watched this about ten times and fast-forwarded the VHS to this part and watched over and over again. The sequence timelessly shows how alcohol and drugs can make you transcend reality and escape into a magical world. This part of Dumbo made us both insatiably curious about alcohol afterwards, believing that we would see pink elephants if we ever got drunk.

Is it just me or did a lot of Disney’s films contain weird subliminal messages? 

See more storybook elephants here

Do you remember a cartoon that makes you feel like a child again? Do you know of an animal in particular that evokes a feeling of wonder? 

Published by Content Catnip

Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

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