Disney / Goliath II
is an 1960 animated short
. It tells the story of a very small
and curious elephant child trying to survive the jungle and get the approval of his pompous father
. That is not easy for someone as tiny as his father's toenail.
The short is notable for using a gratuitous amount of recycled animation, and is the first Disney film to make extensive use of the xerography process of transferring animation drawings to cels, which would later be put to use in Disney's feature 101 Dalmatians
. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film
, losing to Gene Deitch's Munro
This short contains examples of:
- Always a Bigger Fish: The crocodile is involved in defeating both villains, Raja the tiger and the mouse.
- Animals Not to Scale: Goliath II is as small as his father's (a normal-sized elephant's) toenail.
- Artistic License – Biology: Elephant herds in Real Life are led by females; male elephants are solitary. (Of course, there are no mouse-sized baby elephants either...)
- The Bully: The mouse, who torments Goliath II for no particular reason other than him being an elephant.
- Chasing a Butterfly: Goliath II goes after one and almost gets eaten as a result. Later, he follows some snails into a hole and gets stuck.
- Counting to Three: After scaring off all the elephants but not Goliath II, this happens:
Look, kid, I'll give you a break. I'm going to count to three, and then if you're not gone, I'LL TEAR YA TO SHREDS!!
Here goes... one. (Goliath II stands his ground) Mouse:
Better get moving... Two... I'm warnin' ya, kid... Three! (sees Goliath II still there) Mouse:
OKAY — YOU ASKED FOR IT, BUSTER!!! (charges at Goliath II and headbutts him, causing a tussle between the two)
- Early-Bird Cameo: The elephants in Goliath II's herd look identical to those in The Jungle Book.
- Eek, a Mouse!!: Elephants all have a phobia of mice, except for Goliath II.
- Honorable Elephant: Goliath I, Goliath II's father is the proud and pompous leader of the herd, while Goliath II's mother is a protective Mama Bear who'd do anything to defend her child. Goliath II wants to be honorable too, but he's ridiculously small. He gets the herd's and his father's respect after defeating the mouse.
- Human Traffic Jam: An elephant traffic jam, which was later reused in The Jungle Book.
- Mama Bear: Goliath II's mother fights tigers and crocodiles to protect her son.
- Large Ham: The mouse, who is more of a tiny ham. Overlapping with Evil Is Hammy.
- The Napoleon: The mouse.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: One that looks identical to the Trope Namer from Peter Pan.
- Reused Character Design: Most obviously, the crocodile is based on Tick Tock from Peter Pan. Raja the tiger reuses the design of the tiger from the Goofy short Tiger Trouble (who, in turn, is designed after Louie the Mountain Lion, a recurring antagonist of Donald Duck), and the female elephants are designed after the those in Dumbo.
- The Runaway: After being tired of being treated like a baby, Goliath II decides to run away in the middle of the night. But he soon gets taken back by his mother, and he gets punished.
- Save the Villain: Goliath promises not to feed the mouse to the crocodile if he promises never to bother the herd again.
- Shamed by a Mob: Goliath II gets spanked by his mother for leaving the herd and gets disapproving glares from everyone, even by his parents. To the elephants, a deserter from the herd is branded a "scoundrel, a rogue elephant, a traitor to that high and imperial order of pompous pachyderms", and to make it worse, he had let his great father down.
- Stock Footage: A lot of animation is recycled from earlier Disney films; most notably, the crocodile is from Peter Pan and Raja the tiger is from the Goofy short Tiger Trouble. Background animals are borrowed from Bambi, Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland. Also, lot of the elephant animation would be reused in The Jungle Book in 1967.
- Super-Persistent Predator: Raja the tiger. He wants to taste elephant flesh, but Goliath II is the only one that is small enough for him to eat.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Goliath I disapproves of his son for being so tiny, and also for his tendency to wander off.