Goliath II (1960)

Run Time - 15 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The protagonist of this Oscar-nominated Disney cartoon featurette is a very tiny elephant named Goliath II--so tiny, in fact, that he is hardly any bigger than one of his father's toenails. Alas, in elephant society the bigger you are the better you are, so Goliath II doesn't amount to much in his dad's eyes. But the mini-elephant's mom is proud of her son, and is certain that he will someday prove his worth--provided he doesn't get gobbled up by a crafty tiger. Ultimately, Goliath II becomes a hero when he is the only member of his elephant pack willing to stand up to a bullying mouse. The first Disney cartoon to use the Xerox animation process (later honed to perfection in 1961's 101 Dalmations), Goliath II also proved useful a few years later, when some of its "elephant march" footage was recycled in the 1967 cartoon feature The Jungle Book.