When I See an Elephant Fly (Song)

Last Updated on: February 20th, 2023

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“When I See an Elephant Fly” is a song from the 1941 animated film “Dumbo,” produced by Walt Disney Productions. The song is performed by a group of crows who befriend the titular character, Dumbo, and help him learn to fly.

“When I See an Elephant Fly” is a cheerful and lighthearted song that plays on the notion of absurdity and impossibility. The song’s lyrics suggest that the idea of an elephant flying is so ridiculous that it is impossible, and yet the crows sing the song with a sense of good-natured humor and optimism.

The song was written by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington, and its catchy melody and upbeat tempo help to capture the film’s themes of perseverance, friendship, and self-discovery.

In the film, “When I See an Elephant Fly” is played during a scene in which the crows meet Dumbo and decide to help him learn to fly. The song’s playful and upbeat tone helps to underscore the crows’ sense of humor and their willingness to take on a seemingly impossible task.

“When I See an Elephant Fly” has become a memorable and beloved song among fans of “Dumbo,” with its catchy melody and humorous lyrics inspiring many to celebrate the power of imagination and the joy of overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles.



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When I See an Elephant Fly (Song) Details

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  • Song Written By: Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington
  • Song Performed By: Cliff Edwards; Jim Carmichael and the Hall Johnson Choir
  • Year Released: 1941

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