I believe you recall the cartoon Sydney the Elephant.
?The Elephant was both bumbling and, in the spirit of the times,
neurotic. The cartoons were mostly about his friends, Stanley the Lion
and Cleo the Giraffe, trying to keep him from knocking down the whole
?Over a dozen and a half Sidney cartoons were made, the last few
appearing only on TV as part of the 1963-64 Hector Heathcote show.?
?Sidney's Family Tree? featured a childish adult elephant who had to
be watched over constantly by his less-neurotic companions, Stanley
the Lion and Cleo the Giraffe.?
SIDNEY THE ELEPHANT
Produced by: Terrytoons
First Appeared: 1958
Creator: Gene Deitch
?Whining, depressed forty-two-year old orphan pachyderm (a.k.a. "Silly
Sydney") that debuted on the theatrical cartoon shorts Sick, Sick
Sydney and Sidney's Family Tree. (1958). Sidney lives in the jungles
of Africa. When he is unhappy (which is all the time) he asks for
advice and comfort from his friends Stanley the Lion and Cleo the
Giraffe. Created by Gene Deitch and produced by Terrytoons, the Sydney
character was first released to theaters and later aired as a
component of the Saturday morning cartoon THE HECTOR HEATHCOTE
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