Look out! Look out! Pink Elephants on Parade! Here they come, hippity hoppity. 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!
Chase them away! Chase them away! I'm afraid! Need your aid! Pink Elephants on Parade...
The Pink Elephants are minor antagonists in Disney's 4th full-length animated feature film, Dumbo. They are crazy hallucinations perceived by Dumbo and Timothy Mouse while they are drunk.
After some dimwitted and neglectful clowns leave a bottle of champagne in Dumbo's water tank, Dumbo and Timothy get drunk and start blowing bubbles. Before their eyes, the bubbles morph into Pink Elephants, which begin parading around playing creepy songs and following Dumbo. Even as they fight among themselves, they keep their song going and begin depicting disturbing and creepy sequences, such as sneaking through windows and doors, stalking around what appears to be a hospital bed, and staring right at the screen. Some elephants are different, vibrant colors and have scary features such as snakes for trunks, the bodies of camels, and no eyes. One is a humanoid creature made up entirely of elephant heads, and other shifts form from a king cobra, to an eyeless belly dancer, to a single, realistic eyeball. The elephants begin dancing with each other, even using lightning to dance with and create more elephants. Finally, they all transform into vehicles and begin rampaging around until they explode, signifying Dumbo passing out and beginning to sober up.
House of Mouse
The Pink Elephants cameo a few times in House of Mouse, most notably in the episode "Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation". After Mickey and Minnie go on vacation, they leave Donald and Daisy in charge of the House of Mouse. The two book the Pink Elephants and have them be blown as bubbles by Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast. The Elephants do not behave as thought, and begin rampaging, scaring the guests and causing mayhem, including crashing Hercules through the floor, throwing Ursula on top of Goofy, stealing Winnie the Pooh's honey, knocking Timon and Pumbaa into dirty dishes, and scaring Dumbo. Eventually, Timothy Mouse is able to scare them away by holding up a sign saying "Boo!".
The Pink Elephants make a cameo in a picture in the hub area of Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.
The Pink Elephants appear on outfit accessories in Kingdom Hearts χ and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.
The Pink Elephants have their song sequence play during Fantasmic!, where they dance.
The Pink Elephants are encountered by Donald Duck as passing characters in Animagique.
The Pink Elephants and their song are featured in the Halloween Screams firework show, part of HalloWishes.
There is minor debate over whether or not the Pink Elephants count as villains, as they truly did nothing of consequence and were not even real in the film. However, Disney considers them villains due to their creepy, threatening nature and villainous roles in other projects.
They were originally planned to be featured as enemies in the first Epic Mickey game.
The scene involving the Pink Elephants has been spoofed in other media, including Tiny Toon Adventures, The Simpsons, and Bob's Burgers.
The Pink Elephants musical number is very controversial due to the inclusion of alcohol and drunkenness. 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 scene also gained controversy for being very frightening and disturbing for viewers, especially younger ones. Some have even claimed that the sequence contains subliminal messages of paranoia, sickness, abandonment and death.
Part of the Pink Elephants' parade was heard playing on T.V. in Disney's 2007 film, Enchanted.