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  • In an advertisement for Disney+ featuring The Simpsons, Homer tells his family to put on their Mickey Mouse ears. When Marge tries to do so, her hair launches her Mickey ears into the air, which hit Dumbo and knock him out of the sky, causing him to land on Homer.

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Film -- Animated

  • Aladdin:
    • In the original movie, when Genie makes Aladdin a prince, he says, "Esalalumbo shimin Dumbo!" as he turns Abu into an elephant.
    • In Aladdin and the King of Thieves, after Genie saves Abu from being trampled by an elephant, he remarks that the monkey was almost "Dumbo toejam".
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  • A Bug's Life: P.T. Flea uses a box of Casey Jr. Cookies for a circus wagon. The box also features a reference to story director Joe Grant.
  • The Great Mouse Detective: The toy store sequence features a toy of Dumbo blowing bubbles from its trunk.
  • Kronk's New Groove: When Kronk buys the old retirement community for his dream house on a hill, he's seen driving a model of Casey Junior towards "Pancake Junction." When he gives the seniors back their home, they take Casey for a spin themselves.
  • Lilo & Stitch: A Dumbo plush toy is seen in Lilo's bedroom, in tribute to both films using watercolor backgrounds.
  • The Lion King 1½: At the end of the film, Dumbo is among the many Disney characters who enter the theater to see it after Timon's mother rewinds it.
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet: Dumbo appears in Oh My Disney.
  • Shrek: Donkey briefly quotes the intro to "When I See an Elephant Fly" when hit with Tinkerbell's pixie dust.
    Donkey: You may have seen a house fly, maybe even a Super Fly, but I bet you ain't never seen a donkey fly!

Film -- Live-Action

  • 1941: Stilwell goes to a theater Dumbo and tearfully sings along to "Baby Mine".
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action: While in Africa, Daffy hops on an elephant and says "Giddy-up, Dumbo!"
  • Operation: Dumbo Drop: Referenced right in the film's title, which was also the name of a real-life Vietnam War mission. In addition, the film's rendition of "When I See an Elephant Fly" is heard at the end.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Dumbo appears flying at the Maroon studios "on loan from Disney". The Crows appear as Jessica Rabbit's backup band. Both Casey Junior and Mrs. Jumbo makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo at the very end among the crowd of Toons walking towards Toontown in the Acme Factory.


  • In Guards! Guards!, when Nobby urgently tells a drunk Sergeant Colon that he just saw the dragon fly down the street, Colon replies "I've seen a horsefly. And I've seen a housefly. I've even seen a greenfly, but I ain't never seen a dragon fly."

Live-Action TV

  • Home Improvement: Near the beginning of the episode "Stereo-Typical", Tim claims that Al's favorite movie is Dumbo. Al replies that Dumbo is actually his favorite movie about an elephant.


  • West African jazz-African music band Osibisa, who formed from British based Nigerian and Ghanaian expats, got tired of being rejected by slightly racist record company execs who beleived that African music was as likely to take off in Britain as a flying elephant. Sure enough, when they got their recording break, they put a flying elephant on the LP cover. See here

Web Video

  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In the review of Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, the Critic describes Snuffy as "A big, hairy Dumbo, but with depression".
    • In the review of Moulin Rouge!, the Critic asks Brentalfloss why he's dressed "like the Dumbo mouse".
    • In the review of The Wiz, Todd in the Shadows says that the crows mocking the Scarecrow are taking a break from heckling Dumbo.
    • In "War of the Commercials", when the Critic reviews commercials for the Mickey Mouse Talking Phone, he imagines what other characters Disney could have used. One of them is the Crows from Dumbo, causing Malcolm to smash the talking phone violently upon hearing them.
  • SuperMarioLogan:
    • In "Jeffy Goes to Disney World!", Mario takes Jeffy on the Dumbo ride. On the ride, Jeffy calls Dumbo "Mr. Moose".
    • In "The Halloween Heist!", when Bowser Junior, who is dressed like an elephant, asks Joseph and Cody to guess his costume, Joseph guesses "Dumbo".

Western Animation

  • Aladdin: The Series: In one episode, Genie turns himself into Dumbo.
  • Bob's Burgers: In "Art Crawl", Linda has a nightmare about Gayle's animal butt paintings that is based on the "Pink Elephants on Parade" sequence.
  • Bonkers: The episode "Of Mice and Menace" features the villain Flaps the Elephant, who resembles a tough-looking Dumbo.
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • The ants in the Donald Duck shorts "Tea for Two Hundred" and "Uncle Donald's Ants" march to a pastiche of "Pink Elephants On Parade".
    • The Pluto cartoon "The Wonder Dog" uses music from the movie while Pluto imagines himself as a circus dog.
    • "Goliath II" reuses some Dumbo animation, particularly Dumbo being caressed by his mother's trunk during "Baby Mine", Dumbo looking at the crowd during the parade, and Timothy the Mouse scaring the elephants.
    • Der Fuehrer's Face reuses animation from "Pink Elephants on Parade" during the scene at the end of Donald's dream where multiple Donalds fall in front of the screen.
  • The Cleveland Show: The episode "Skip Day" features an appearance by two of Dumbo's crow friends.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: In Dee Dee's story from "Dee Dee Locks and the Ness Monster", Dee Dee Locks tells lies to make her ears grow escapes the monster's castle by flying away with her ears.
  • Family Guy: In "The Courtship of Stewie's Father", Peter talks to Dumbo's crow friends while at Disney World.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In The Bashful Buzzard, a buzzard is seen carrying a lineup of circus elephants with a little elephant at the end holding a sign reading "I am NOT Dumbo".
    • "The Big Snooze" has a scene that parodies the "Pink Elephants on Parade" sequence: namely, Elmer being trampled by multicolored rabbits while Bugs sings a cheery song called "The Rabbits Are Coming, Hooray, Hooray".
  • Mickey Mouse (2013):
    • In "Tokyo Go", an 8-bit version of the "Casey Jr." song plays during the train tunnel scene. Bits and pieces of the song are also played throughout the short. Finally, Casey Jr. himself appears at the end of the short.
    • In "New Shoes", as Mickey in Goofy's body forms a human bridge, Casey Jr. rides across him, carrying Dumbo, Timothy, and the Crows.
  • In the My Life as a Teenage Robot episode, "Ear No Evil", when The Lancer sees Jenny wearing a pair of mechanical ears that Sheldon made for her, he paraphrases Jim Crow at the beginning of "When I See an Elephant Fly".
    Lancer: I've seen a peanut stand, I've heard a rubber band, I've even seen a needle wink its eye, but I've seen just about everything when I've seen an elephant-eared robot girl!
  • Phineas and Ferb: In "Doof Side of the Moon", elephants help pitch a circus tent-themed floor of the skyscraper to the moon.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "D'oh-in' in the Wind", Barney, while hallucinating on spiked fruit juice, drinks beer to conjure a pink elephant to block out.
    • In "The Fight Before Christmas", the ending to Lisa's dream features Marge, a la Inglorious Basterds, shooting up a Nazi movie theater showing Dumbkopf.
    • In "Whiskey Business", Marge tells Moe that his nice suit was like Dumbo's "magic feather". Lisa asks Marge if it means they're like the racist crows and Homer says the crows weren't racists. The people who created the crows were racists. It eventually turns out the suit was more helpful than the "magic feather".
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: In the short "Never Too Late to Loon" (from the episode "Test Stress"), the scene where Shirley tries to channel Einstein into Plucky's brain is based on the "Pink Elephants on Parade" scene.
  • In the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "The Spider-Verse Part 2", when Spidey arrives in Spider-Ham's dimension, he's taunted by a flock of crows a lot like the flock from Dumbo. At the end, when he catapults himself into the dimensional rift, the crows comment "Did you just see a spider-monkey fly?" "Well, now I've seen everything!"

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