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Before we get started, be aware that this may just be a figment of my imagination.

I have a memory from some years ago (late 90s/early 2000s) of seeing a picture of humanoid aliens evolved from elephants in a sci-fi magazine (probably SFX, from the UK).

From the picture in my head, the aliens still had an elephant-like trunk on their face, but were humanoid. (I don’t recall how large their ears were, or whether said ears were shaped like Africa or India.) I think this alien was wearing some sort of space suit, though not with a helmet.

I thought this was a promo shot from Stargate-SG1, but I can’t find any mention of humanoid/elephant aliens in Stargate.

I also can’t find any mention of such a fictional creature via Google. The nearest I get are the Elcor from Mass Effect (who don’t look like my memory), and the Engineers from Prometheus when they’ve got their helmets on (also not particularly close to the picture in my head, and not designed at the time I remember seeing this).

Did my brain just make this up?

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    The book Footfall comes to mind, though of course that is not (AFAIK) made into a video production.
    – hardmath
    Oct 16, 2014 at 15:11
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    Are you getting this confused with Ganesha, the Hindu god? Oct 16, 2014 at 15:22
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    @Wikis: Ganesha’s definitely pretty close, although I remember the alien wearing some sort of space suit. I’ve now Googled “space ganesha” but this isn’t quite what I had in mind either. Oct 16, 2014 at 15:32
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    Howard Tayler's Schlock Mercenary is a web comic that features many species of animals from Earth having gained intelligence due to genetic manipulation; for an example with elephants see schlockmercenary.com/2002-05-26... No video though.
    – SJuan76
    Oct 16, 2014 at 17:40
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    @DannyMcG: now that, I like. Mar 15, 2020 at 17:46

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Do you mean Max Rebo from Star Wars?

Max Rebo

Max Rebo, whose real name was Siiruulian Phantele, was a male Ortolan who was known as a popular musician and head member of the Max Rebo Band. He was a skinny Ortolan, the youngest of five children.

Wookieepedia

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  • Ah, he’s probably the closest I’ve seen so far. The guy I remember/invented was more obviously based on an earth elephant though — grey skin, wrinkled trunk. Oct 17, 2014 at 13:06
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How about the poster for Captain Eo at Disney? Note the little elephant guy in a space suit.

Captain Eo movie poster

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    Is that a musical Star Wars film featuring Michael Jackson? HOW HAVE I NOT HEARD OF THIS?! Nov 13, 2014 at 13:40
  • That’s reasonably close — definitely not what I imagined, but it’s a humanoid elephant, which is more than a lot of the other answers. Good shout. Nov 13, 2014 at 13:51
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    @PointlessSpike: I suspect you’ve already looked this up, but Captain EO was essentially a short film shown as part of an attraction/ride at Disney theme parks, rather than something that was released in cinemas. Marvellously, it looks like it’s available in its entirety on YouTube (although you’ll have to supply your own lasers/smoke/vibrating seats/screaming young children). Nov 13, 2014 at 13:54
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While it's fantasy, not sci-fi, is it possible you're thinking of the Loxodons from Magic: the Gathering or the Loxo from Spelljammer? The latter are even technically aliens, having come from a different crystal sphere.

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  • Ooh, the Loxodons are kinda close. Again, I remember it as a photograph (as if from a movie or TV show) rather than an illustration, but as it’s looking like my actual memory never existed, maybe this is what I saw. Oct 17, 2014 at 18:16
  • @PaulD.Waite - from the fantasy genre, there's also the race of beings from "Tower of the Elephant", which is a Conan story. The creature Conan found is basically a humanoid body with an elephant head, and in the comic version his story is illustrated with images of his race in spacesuit-like armor.
    – Omegacron
    Oct 31, 2014 at 20:28
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I think I saw that movie too. Here's a clip from the film called Los Nuevos Extraterrestres or the Pod People. Is this the movie you're thinking about?

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  • Could you explain why this movie match the request by adding details, screenshot,or at least a link ? We like sourced answers :)
    – Orlahm
    Dec 16, 2014 at 8:48
  • Definitely not, but I see why you thought so. Dec 16, 2014 at 21:31
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The recent film Jupiter Rising had a character called Nesh who was a humanoid elephant person.

Nesh

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