Monday, November 09, 2015
Some people prefer the Beatles, some people prefer the Rolling Stones. Or, there's east coast vs. west coast. Rihanna vs Nicki Minaj. McDonald's vs. Burger King. What about... hippos vs. elephants?
Sure, hippos make great pets, but I like elephants. First of all, they look like they are from an alien world. Also, they never forget. And they are afraid of mice, and like peanuts. In other words, they are just like me. The Jungle Cruise added a whole bunch of pachyderms in 1963 for the sacred elephant bathing pool. As always, my favorite elephant scene is the one with Mama, her baby ("Little Squirt"), and a dopey crocodile.
I think that there was a part of my kid brain that wished I was an elephant with a fun pool to play in (because my mean mom and dad never got a pool even though they totally had room for one and I promised I would clean it and would swim in it every day). Then I wanted to be Evel Knievel. Or was it The Fonz? I forget.
The sculpts for these critters is quite good; taken out of context, you probably could convince a person that this was really taken in India or Thailand. Then you could reveal the truth and laugh at that person. It would be sweet!