The Pink Elephants Are PoltergeistsNormally, they are shy, nomadic spirits that roam the lands, usually keeping to themselves, unless they come across a person who is too mentally unsound (i.e. drunk) to strongly react to them, and thus begin their fun. While these creatures are shapeshifters, they have an odd preference for the form of pink-colored Pachyderms.
The Pink Elephants were Witches, and that was a barrier Dumbo and Timothy stumbled into.Similar to poltergeists, Witches target (and often kill) people in despair. Don't try to tell me that was just alcohol they drank, and LSD's effects were only discovered in 1943 (two years after this movie took place). Fortunately our two heroes got out in time.
The kid who taunts Dumbo was teased for his own ears.There's really nothing in the film to support this except a case of Fridge Brilliance; imagine you're a funny-looking kid with big ears, and all your friends tease you about it — not exactly a case of All of the Other Reindeer, as they still hang out with you, but they never miss a chance to take a shot at you for it. Your ears reach "meme" status among your peers, and they make a running gag out of teasing you for your big ears. Then, you have the good fortune of seeing an elephant with HUGE ears. You immediately pick up on a chance to divert attention from you, and you point out the ears of the elephant. Some of the insults he uses might even be some that he heard from his friends. Now, whenever the other kids say "you have big ears", you can say "at least they're not as big as that one elephant's". The joke loses its humor, and dies out, and you're free of ridicule.
That wasn't champagne the clowns were drinking.So let me get this straight. A not even full bottle of champagne (around 12% alcohol by volume) gets diluted by an entire tub full of water, and a mere couple of gulps of this mixture is consumed by a creature with the mass of a baby elephant (probably around 260 lbs). And he almost immediately goes into what appear to be the final stages of delirium tremens. No freaking way. Those clowns had to be knocking back something a lot stronger than that. That stuff was spiked with LSD or mescaline or something.
The stork that delivered Dumbo was a replacement storkThe original stork that was supposed to deliver Dumbo to the circus drank on the job one too many times and lost the elephant. When catching up to the rest of the flying V of storks, it got in trouble for losing the baby (and replacing it with Bugs Bunny), Long story short, the original stork was fired and a newbie stork was tasked to deliver a baby elephant to a moving train.
Dumbo is a hybrid elephantThe real Jumbo was an African elephant. Mrs. Jumbo and the other elephants are clearly Asian elephants. African elephants have much larger ears in relation to their (much larger) body size than Asian elephants, which have tiny ears (and are smaller to begin with). Clearly, Dumbo mostly takes after his mother, with the exception of his ears (which he'll probably mostly grow into). This also explains why the other elephants are so damn scandalized when Dumbo's ears first unfurl.
The Elephants really are made of rubber.One of the clowns makes this claim. It would certainly explain how the elephants manage to pull off all the stunts that they do.
Dumbo isn't really Mrs. Jumbo's son.The stork made a mistake.