Artists have been trying to capture the essence of a psychedelic journey in many forms, but possibly the best form is animation. With nothing but their imagination to guide them, animators have the freedom to create anything they can dream up. Since the beginning of the form, animators have been primarily employed to create cartoons for children, but that doesn’t stop them from trying to create something trippy and groundbreaking. Here are some of the best psychedelic scenes from kids' cartoons.
Dumbo: Pink Elephants on Parade
From 1941, this nightmare scene from Dumbo shows Disney’s unparalleled dominance in the early animation scene. The segment was directed by Norman Ferguson, who would later go on to be the animation director for Alice in Wonderland. The scene begins when Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse drink water spiked with champagne and become black-out drunk. What follows is a two-minute kaleidoscope of pink elephant hallucinations inserted into what is essentially a very sentimental children’s movie about an elephant who can fly.