Sunday, August 12, 2018

Rhinocerworst, May 1969

If you only have the ability to shake a stick at a single rhinoceros, then the Jungle Cruise had more rhinos than you could shake a stick at. 

First there was this skittish fellow, hiding in the underbrush. He knows that people want his horn (made of the same material as fingernails and hair) for aphrodisiacs.

This next rhino is the very opposite of skittish - he's downright ornery. Or at least I think he is! Normally this fella is terrorizing the hapless "Lost Safari", but the hunter, his porters, and even the tree trunk upon which they perched are all missing for some reason. Perhaps he finally gobbled them up.

Here's another photo (also from 1969) showing how the scene usually looked.


Nanook said...


Evidently the Lost Safari got booked at a better gig - I think it was at The Bottoms Up Lounge, or something.

Thanks, Major.

TokyoMagic! said...

Awwww, that little guy in the underbrush is smiling at us!

It's so strange to see the "Trapped Safari" scene without the trapped safari. But it does help me to better visualize, where the Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt animatronics will be going.

Scott Lane said...

So the lost safari was actually....lost.

I wish Dwayne Johnson would get lost.

Chuck said...

Is that first rhino the one that never carried cash?

Scott Lane, you beat me to it by just a couple of minutes!

Melissa said...

Rhino #1 is doing his Arte Johnson impression. Verrry interrrestink!

stu29573 said...

In the late 60s the lost safari finally perfected their cloaking device (stolen from the Romulans over at Desilu). Unfortunately, it made no difference since the rino doesn't have the ability to actually walk away. Best laid plans and such...

stu29573 said...

...and back then rhino was spelled "rino."

JC Shannon said...

It has been said, that Rhinos can't dance. But I say they are quite nimble at the two-step and a waltz. I like to think that after the park closes and all the boats are docked, that the animals come to life and sing and dance and crack wise about the boats full of cruisers. Thanks to Major P. for the scans.

Melissa said...

The letter H was invented by a frustrated Enry Iggins.

K. Martinez said...

JC Shannon,

You mean something like this?

Even though this commercial is for Walt Disney world, this was filmed at Disneyland's Jungle Cruise.

JC Shannon said...

@K.Martinez Very cool thank you, I knew it, I just knew it!

stu29573 said...

It's true because it's on the internet!!! Lol!

Nanook said...

@ Ken-

Perhaps it's just me, but that sort of marginal "comedy" is so un-funny, and is often the go-to humor for Disney. I'm certain many folks got a kick out of it, but not this guy. Good catch on DL 'standing-in' for WDW-! Thanks for sharing this.

TokyoMagic! said...

Ken, they used that same commercial to advertise special ticket prices for Disneyland as well. I like how they just "stuck" Cinderella's Castle behind the Jungle foliage (at the beginning) and voila! It's now Walt Disney World! I don't remember if they did that with Sleeping Beauty Castle for the DL version.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, if there’s one thing that Disney is good at, it’s butt puns! ;-)

TokyoMagic!, rhinos are among the cuddliest of all mammals. All they want to do is fall asleep in your lap. Oy vey, it kills me that they are going to add Dwayne Johnson to that ride - and I like him. But stay away from my Jungle Cruise.

Scott Lane, there were no footprints or tire tracks, so the only explanation is that they were lifted into the air by a flying saucer.

Chuck, I’m going to be sorry I asked, but why did that rhino never carry cash??

Melissa, as the years go by, I realized just how weird “Laugh-In” was!

stu29573, this is why I try to avoid Romulans if at all possible. I think that Rhino could at least run in a circle, but that doesn’t get him very far.

stu29573, “rino” is how you spell it in Esperanto. I had no idea you were so fluent.

Jonathan, your comment makes me think of that ELO song, “Jungle”. It’s a good one!

Melissa, in ‘ertford, ‘ereford, and ‘ampshire, ‘urricanes ‘ardly ‘appen.

K. Martinez, that commercial looks expensive. It’s sort of the “Toy Story” idea, where the toys live their own lives until people show up!

Jonthan, ha ha, I guess you don’t have to wear that tinfoil hat I was about to send to you…!

stu29573, if the Lizard People say it, I believe it.

Nanook, I don’t think that commercial was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen, but I kind of liked it. At least it wasn’t the usual ad with happy families pointing and running toward their favorite rides. How I despise happy families!

TokyoMagic!, I confess that I would have never even considered that the Jungle Cruise in the ad was actually the one at Disneyland. I should turn in my solid gold “#1 Blogger” medal, along with the million dollars in cash.

Nanook said...


You need not surrender the cash; merely the “#1 Blogger” medal.

Chuck said...

Major, just trying to verify if that's the charging rhino.

[insert rimshot here]

Nanook said...

@ Chuck-

He already surrendered his credit cards-!