You've got to realize all the Disney animation were terrific draughtsmen and were expert at drawing animals. So why do these elephants look like they were drawn by high school kids? And just cause they used bright colors and superimpositions, it's supposed to be "psychedelic". Maybe my esteemed partner in this blog saw the film while stoned on mushroom and that's why he likes the scene. But for me there's no originality. They could have taken the nightmarish visuals a lot further, have a lot more surrealism rather than just brightly colored, badly drawn elephants walking in unison.
Look at the Busby Berkeley film, there's some real imagination and style! Also, look at Winsor McCay or Heinrich Kley, if you want to see how to draw an elephant. For me , the pink elephants is the weakest point in Dumbo. What do you think?
Busby Berkeley's "Gold Diggers of 1933"
Heinrich Kley's elephant.