Whatever the case, Dumbo is very well made and features one of the Disney studio's more wackily inventive sequences, the cautionary tale of "Pink Elephants on Parade." In today's featured video, some clever soul has combined the original footage with a performance of the song by Sun Ra and his Arkestra. Sun Ra's version comes from Hal Willner's 1988 Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films, and is one of the best things in that collection. (Tom Waits' dada version of "Heigh Ho" is not to be missed, either.) As any flying elephant can tell you, space is indeed the place:
The synchronization between sound and vision breaks down a bit midway through that clip, when the Arkestra takes a more leisurely turn than the original arrangement. Here for the purists is the same sequence as we all remember it from childhood -- provided we spent our childhood in Gdansk:
Yessir, that Miss Sumac sure could sing, when she wasn't brawling with the LAPD.
[Sun Ra and his proboscid pals via Yashar A. Sarami, whose weblog always makes me wish I could read Farsi.]