One Lucky Elephant

One Lucky Elephant

DVD - 2012 | Widescreen
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0One Lucky Elephant begins with circus producer David Balding's realization that Flora, the orphaned African elephant he adopted and made the star of his circus, is tired of performing. What unfolds is a nine-year odyssey to find Flora a good home. Caught between the human and animal world, Flora epitomizes the harsh reality elephants face in our expanding man-made world. One thing is certain, after watching this film, you'll never look at an elephant in a zoo or a circus in the same way again.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Virgil Films & Entertaiment, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD 599.67 ONE NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: 1 lucky elephant


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Nov 02, 2016

To be sure - Elephants (though known to be quite gentle in nature) are mighty big animals, indeed, and they are certainly not the sort of beast that you would expect someone to keep as a pet.... But, kept as a pet (a glorified pet, that is) - Flora, the elephant, was by Missouri circus-owner, David Balding.

For the most part - "One Lucky Elephant" was a very informative and eye-opening documentary concerning the fate of a wild creature who was denied its natural environment and (though treated well) was kept captive and away from those of its own kind from the age of 2 to 18 years.

I think that this is the sort of documentary that would appeal, in one way, or another, to a fair-sized audience.... Believe me - This often-insightful presentation certainly contained some very intense moments, especially when it came to the startling footage of documented "elephant rage".

Oct 28, 2016

Meet Flora (a total 2-ton couch potato - just kidding) who was, perhaps, the most pampered and beloved people-friendly elephant in all of America..... Orphaned at 2 years - Flora (who would've otherwise ended up in a zoo) was "acquired" by circus owner, David Balding..... For 16 years Flora and David were the best of friends, as only an elephant and a man could realistically be.

To be sure - "One Lucky Elephant" was certainly a very informative, entertaining, and, yes, sometimes touching documentary concerning Balding's personal quest to find Flora (who no longer desired the limelight) a suitable and permanent home..... Through interviews with those who had worked around both David and Flora - The viewer soon begins to realize just how difficult this mission of Balding's really was.

Competently directed by Lisa Leeman - 2010's "One Lucky Elephant" (which has an 80-minute running time) is definitely a documentary that's worth a view.... (*Be sure to watch documentary trailer*)

*Note* - In 2014 - David Balding (75 at the time) died due to medical complications.

NewYorkViews Feb 15, 2015

Interesting educational documentary about the covered-up abuse of elephants--touches on psychological abuse and physical abuse of elephants used in entertainment such as circuses, and how difficult it is for those that care for the elephants to find the elephants a nice place to retire when the elephants' circus life has ended. Some nice and not so nice surprises in this film. Great script, as the documentary unfolds and reveals different angles of the main elephant character, Flora.

d2013 May 05, 2013

How many animals had to endure the same faith as Flora. Sad but worth seeing if not only to educate.

Dec 13, 2012

Excellent documentary. Broke my heart too. Animals need to be left out in the wild where they belong and have a right to live a non captive life just as we humans do.

mmg2681 Apr 18, 2012

This DVD just broke my heart. To see Flora grow up in a circus, she craved the attention so badly. You can tell how dependent she was on the owner and caretaker. It is sad that she didnt have a companion to keep her company all those years while in the circus (16 years). My heart broke when the owner was deciding to find a new place for Flora to live. A must see movie. I love the circus, but the animals need to be just that - animals. Out in the wild. Not for show. (My personal opinion.)

Feb 27, 2012

A great documentary about how Lucy got recruited into the circus and the challenges faced with the owner/handler needs to retire her and doesn't have a place for her. Sanctuaries are full, especially for African elephants which are not as tame or small as Asian elephants. The message comes out, when the owner says something like, "Maybe I shouldn't have bought her in the first place". Unfortunately, the public demand is there, so the message will likely go unheaded, but it is a story worth watching for sure.

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