Please, Mr Elephant, like most of the best examples of classical Polish animations, is a production that should be interpreted on several levels. The story about Pinio and Dominik is a tale of unusual friendship that helps the protagonists to “grow up”, get to know more about themselves and the world that surrounds them (the elephant learns to walk on his own which is not so obvious in case of a creature made of china). Giersz also shows the absurd reality in the times of the Polish People’s Republic, where some strange things became every-day reality only because nobody had courage to say aloud that they made no sense, for fear of not being supported.
Please, Mr Elephant seems a bit archaic today, revealing how old it is in almost every frame – dubbing is a bit “stiff”, the cartoon nature of the depicted world is too obvious and the character’s creation is based on the simplest movements and behaviour. And still the film by Witold Giersz is timeless when it comes to the contents and the moral lesson, regardless of merciless time flow and changeable trends in animation.
Darek Kuźma, “Proszę słonia”: perła z lamusa”, http://film.onet.pl/recenzje/prosze-slonia-perla-z-lamusa-recenzja/x05z1w