Colonel Hathi's March (the Elephant Song)

J. Pat O'Malley, J. Pat OMalley, Disney, Disney Studio Chorus

About Colonel Hathi's March (the Elephant Song)

"Colonel Hathi's March (The Elephant Song)" is a song in the 1967 Walt Disney film, The Jungle Book. The song was sung by J. Pat O'Malley, playing the part of "Colonel Hathi". The song was also sung by Thurl Ravenscroft and The Mellomen, originally Terry-Thomas and Disney Chorus. The song was written by Disney staff songwriters, Robert and Richard Sherman. It is written in the spirit of a light commentary on the pointlessness of constant military drilling. A reprise version has the first appearance of Shere Khan.  


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Hup 2, 3, 4
Keep it up 2, 3, 4
Company sound off!

Oh, the aim of our patrol
Is a question rather droll
For to march and drill
over field and hill
Is a military goal!
Is a military goal!

Hup 2, 3, 4
Dress it up 2, 3, 4
Hup 2, 3, 4
Dress it up 2, 3, 4

By the ranks or single file
Over every jungle mile
Oh we stamp and crush
Through the underbrush
In a military style!
In a military style!

Hup 2, 3, 4
Keep it up 2, 3, 4

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10 facts about this song

Movie Origin
"Colonel Hathi's March (The Elephant Song)" is a song from Disney's classic animated film "The Jungle Book", which was released in 1967.
Character Voice
The character Colonel Hathi, who sings this march, is voiced by renowned actor J. Pat O'Malley in the original animated movie.
The song is an anthem for the elephant troop in the film and it serves to depict Colonel Hathi's strict, disciplined, and militaristic demeanor.
Connection to Character's Background
Colonel Hathi's character is a retired British army officer, which is reflected in his march that includes trumpet-like sounds and call-and-response verses.
Song Sequence
In the movie, the song takes place when the protagonist Mowgli encounters the elephant herd for the first time. The song also recurs later in the movie when Mowgli leaves the wolves.
The lyrics of the song, written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, are filled with humor and illustrate the elephants' disciplined, yet clumsy nature.
The animated sequence during the song's performance showcases the sheer size and power of the elephant herd, creating a memorable and visually spectacular scene in the movie.
Returns in Sequel
The song also makes an appearance in the sequel of the movie, "The Jungle Book 2", released in 2003.
Despite not being as popular as some other Disney songs, "Colonel Hathi's March (The Elephant Song)" is often remembered due to its catchy tune and humorous lyrics.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by various artists and orchestras since its original release, demonstrating its enduring popularity.

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