Sunday, November 17, 2019

African Veldt, June 1970

Are you prepared for the intense blandness of today's photos of the "African Veldt" scenes from Disneyland's "Jungle Cruise"?? Can your mind withstand the sheer tedium? Pregnant women and people with heart conditions can look at today's post with no problems whatsoever.

Whoomp, there it is! Hooray for a reference to a hit song from 1993. The African Veldt, reminiscent of that famous scene in "The Lion King", with all of the animals gathered to celebrate the birth of Simba. Only in this version the lions are dining on a crunchy zebra. It's the trapezoid of life.

Perhaps all of these animals will be afflicted by "survivor's guilt", but I'm guessing they are mostly glad that the lions weren't eating them. Makes you think.


Nanook said...

"It's the trapezoid of life". And you just know this was the first set of lyrics before the song was 'fine tuned'.

Happy Sunday, Major.

"Lou and Sue" said...

"White meat, dark meat, white meat, dark meat, white meat, dark meat, tail." Per the last JC Skipper spiel I heard.

Major, you really should post more JC pictures and add your spiel. There's no doubt that yours would be hilarious!

I know some of the junior gorillas were/are JC Skippers. I would love to hear what they said for this scene. :)

After reading a book written by a past JC Skipper earlier this year, I then searched the internet for more Skipper jokes and stories, and stumbled on a GDB JC picture. Major's funny commentary for that picture was what got me started and hooked on this blog. Thanks, Major!


TokyoMagic! said...

I never really thought about it, but it is a little weird that the animals are all just standing around and watching the lions feast on a fellow creature. You'd think they'd all be running in the opposite direction, as fast as their little legs could take them.

This is the second post in a row, where you have used the word "trapezoid." I bet you couldn't work it into every post, from now until the end of the month! (Actually, I bet you could!)

"Lou and Sue" said...

TokyoMagic! Challenging the Major to use "trapezoid" everyday in a post til the end of the month is not really much of a challenge for him. I think we should challenge him to use "trapezoid," "orangutan," and "nosebleed" in one (same) sentence everyday til the end of the month.


TokyoMagic! said...

Sue, while we're at it, let's throw in "ameboid" "oblong" and "parallelogram," too!

Andrew said...

It's something that you don't think about when you're there, but why are all of those zebras just standing around, and in arranged formation, at that?

Oh, and if you "connect the zebra dots," it makes a parallelogram, I think. ;)

stu29573 said...

Acrually, there is a bit of backstory to the scene that most people don't know. It goes like this; The zebra being eaten is Carl. Carl was always a jerk to all the other animals. The collective thought here is, "Well, that's what you get, Carl..."

Chuck said...

Happy Life Day, everybody!

MRaymond said...

This displays the first law of the jungle; don't be a zebra.

Hey, what happened to my 55 Impala?

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, Elton John loves geometrical shapes!

Lou and Sue, trust me, I have plenty of Jungle Cruise slides. TOO MANY. It’s always a bit of a bummer to acquire a lot of slides and discover that half of them are taken from a JC boat - not that I don’t love the ride, but all the pictures taken look much the same, no matter what era. What was the book you read, written by a skipper?

TokyoMagic!, I think it’s like people on L.A. freeways slowing down to look at a car crash. They just have to look! Now that you’ve noticed my “trapezoid strategy” I may have to change it.

Lou and Sue, ha ha; as if it’s not hard enough to think of something to say about some of these slides!

TokyoMagic!, I can use all those words, but there’s no guarantee that the sentences will make any sense!

Andrew, I’ve always thought that was a weird scene; it’s as if they couldn’t figure out a better way to show off so many beautifully sculpted animals. How about just have them around a watering hole? Or building a clubhouse (“No girls allowed” like in the “Our Gang” comedies”)?

stu29573, maybe if people took the time to understand Carl! I’ve seen a lot of “very special episodes” of TV shows, and Carl probably came from an abusive home. Where’s Tom Hanks when you need him?

Chuck, Life Day is in mid-November?!

MRaymond, zebras are the “red shirts” (as in Star Trek) of the animal kingdom. I think your ’55 Impala might have been taken down by a ’62 Jaguar XKE!

"Lou and Sue" said...

Major, the book is titled "From Jungle Cruise Skipper to Disney Legend - 40 Years of Magical Memories at Disney" by William "Sully" Sullivan.

MRaymond, were you a JC skipper? I love those lines, especially about the Impala!!


Chuck said...

Major, yes, it is. The timing was part of what made that show so weird (admittedly, just one small part in a maelstrom of madness).

MRaymond said...

Sue, No I wasn't a skipper but I would have loved to try. I'm such a Disney nerd and I loved the JC as a kid. I have a story about applying for a job at Disneyland but it's too long for email.

"Lou and Sue" said...

MRaymond, I (we) would love to hear your story. Please share it on GDB, or give the Major your email address - so he can forward it to me to contact you.


Anonymous said...

This is the funniest thing I have read for a while.

Thanks everyone.