Pink Pachyderms

Having been relegated to bed for the last couple of days — thanks to a painful root canal — I am all but ready to throw in the towel and run away… away from that strutting purple dinosaur, those two bumbling BFFs: a pink starfish and a yellow sponge in pants, and that chatty Hispanic “lakwatsera” with a friend monkey! I can only wonder in amazement at how my almost 3-year old daughter can endure watching those cartoons over and over and over and over and over and… oppssss… got carried a way there… I guess you get what I am trying to say. Anyway…

In an attempt to add some variety in my kid’s viewing preference, I convinced her — after much cajoling and berating — to try out one of Disney’s classic movies, Dumbo. The image of a cute, big-eyed flying baby elephant appealed to her — thank heavens! — and sent her giggling and laughing in no time. Watching her respond to the classic animated movie positively sent me back reminiscing my own childhood — how I and my siblings would rush home after school to get a dose of our daily afternoon cartoon fest.

Everything was going well, until:

… with a shrill voice, Abby shrieked: “Daddy, I want Nick Jr!!! Stop the elephants!!!”

I obliged.

Going back to my own reverie, I remembered: these pink pachyderms gave me sleepless nights, too! I don’t exactly know what’s so horrifying about dancing pink elephants on a black background, but it sure was scary!

In retrospect, watching it again as an adult, I realize that what made this sequence awesome is not the fear factor it packs, but rather its kaleidoscopic design. The graphic artist who made that dance sequence must have been high or something. It reminds me of Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void.

I believe that entire elephant dance routine was Walt Disney’s attempt to frighten young children away from the dangers of doing acid. If you’ve been thinking about trying hallucinogenic drugs, watch ‘Dumbo’ instead. It’s basically the same thing.

Now, back to regular programming… “Hola! Soy Dora…” Drat!


About Seeing with Brahmin eyes
My sense of humor can be keen, sarcastic, silly or corny -- sometimes all at once. I enjoy meeting new people with no preconceived ideas about what or what is not possible. You get much more out of life by being open minded and willing. I'm an easy going, good-natured person who loves life and loves people. I'm both optimistic and realistic and pretty objective when it comes to assessing situations, events, etc. In general I am a very positive person and you'll usually find we with a smile on my face.

One Response to Pink Pachyderms

  1. Jaye says:

    I loved this then.. love it now… it’s like how my Keoni grew up to Fantasia …

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