Sunday, August 11, 2019

Dark Jungle Cruise, 1970

Who's in the mood for some dark and murky photos from the Jungle Cruise? Awesome! I've got just what you need.

Listen, I don't pay my taxes so that some delinquent elephant can squirt me with water! There's nothing a few years in the Marines won't fix, am I right? Yes, I think elephants should be in the Marines! I'm not crazy! 

This one shows those same punk pachyderms, only from further away. And blurry.

As a fellow gorilla, I am always happy to see photos of my brethren as they bobbed up and down angrily. However, this fellow is practically lost in the shadows. But you can see his razor-sharp lower teeth, and that's all you really need to stay away.


TokyoMagic! said...

Hey, the elephant closest to us in that first pic, sort of looks like a rock!

Melissa said...

Hey, dark and murky is the whole Jungle Cruise aesthetic. Might as well end in Colonel Kurtz's compound.

Punk pachyderms? Punkyderms! Look out! Look out! Punk elephants on parade!

stu29573 said...

It always bugged me that you don't actually get sprayed by the elephants. Come on, Disney, let's see some follow through! None of this halfway mess! Maybe they could hand the guests Super Soakers when they board, and it could be "interactive!" Lookit me! I'm an Imagineer!

Chuck said...

The horror..the horror...

Andrew said...

I can barely make out that gorilla's teeth... and not much else.

Major Pepperidge said...

TokyoMagic!, that’s how elephants survive in the wild.

Melissa, now I can’t help thinking of elephants with mohawks.

stu29573, here’s my great idea; after passing a few elephants who *almost* spray guests, one should pop up out of the water and blast everyone with a torrent of water like a firehose. See? I told you it was a great idea.

Chuck, never get out of the boat.

Penna. Andrew, if I saw gleaming teeth in the jungle, I would head in the opposite direction.

Nanook said...


If you do a Google search for Murk McGurk, one of the top answers is for Gorillas Don't Blog. I'm beginning to see the connection. As it turns out, it's a little bit 'murky' up here today in the Puget Sound, so these images feel right at home - if not a bit more spooky.

Thanks, Major.

JC Shannon said...

How many sacks could a pachyderm pack, if a pachyderm could pack sacks? I fear we may never know. I am a JC lover and, of course a gorilla fan. All these great photos remind me of how much. Many thanks to Major and everyone for the great commentary.

"Lou and Sue" said...

Major and stu29573 - Great idea! And always have the blasting elephant be a different one, to keep guests on their toes.

Our photographer followed the first rule of photography: Don't shoot 'til you see the whites of their teeth.


Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, first of all, 5 stars for somehow remembering “Murk McGurk”. I’m surprised anything else would come up, since I thought I invented that silly term! Are you telling me it’s not bright and sunny in Seattle? I don’t believe it!

Jonathan, the answer to your question is 11. And if I ever learned that somebody didn’t like gorillas, I’m not sure I could stay cordial. There’s only so much a person can take!

Lou and Sue, yes, I like your modification. I guess it’s too much to suggest that sometimes the blast wouldn’t be just water? This photographer did not have Lou’s skills, that’s for darn sure.

JG said...

The Heart of Darkness indeed.
"Mistah Kurtz, he dead".

But all we JC veterans need is a rough sketch to feel like "we are there".

Major, your comment reminds me of the San Diego Zoo visit we had many years back where guests ahead of us were "sprayed" by the male tiger. Not just water, to be sure.