Tuesday, September 09, 2014
I just scanned a batch of slides from July 1967, and the first seven pictures were of the Jungle Cruise. Why not put them all together into a single "super post"?!
The Sacred Elephant Bathing Pool really caught the photographer's fancy; the main focus here is a mama elephant hovering protectively over her baby. He was known as "Little Squirt", and we can see him teasing a crocodile.
Just a bit further on we see more happy pachyderms. I'm impressed with the way these critters are caricatures, and yet they also feel remarkably realistic.
All of these scenes were originally sketched by animator/Imagineer Marc Davis, and they exhibit his trademark sense of humor. As a kid I always thought that this elephant found the best place to be!
What's more dangerous than an enraged bull elephant? His mother in-law. You just don't hear mother in-law jokes any more! They sure were a staple of comics and TV shows years ago.
Next we pass the scene known as the "African Veldt". All of the animals watch as a pride of lions eats their zebra buddy. I call him Stripey. They'll miss him, but "Better him than me", as the saying goes.
The lions eat the zebras, the buzzards clean up the bones, and then the zebras eat the buzzards. It's the circle of life! I learn a lot from watching "The Discovery Channel".
I am wondering if this tilted composition was an accident, or an artistic choice? Because it's weird. It makes me feel like all of the animals are going to slide to the lower right of the picture. This is the famous "Lost Safari" scene. If I am ever chased by a hungry rhinoceros I don't know what I'll do, but I know I won't climb a tree trunk.
The next pics from this bunch will take us to Frontierland.