Notice how, even if the elephant were able to escape the tar pit/Swamps of Sadness, there's a lion coming over to finish him off. See, that kind of thing sends a message. A message that says,
A) this baker has clearly never seen The Neverending Story, and
B) "Don't forget the tissues, Mom & Dad, 'cuz this'll make little Suzie cry for sure."
Josh W., I may or may not be having Artax flashbacks, and I may or may not need some of those tissues. Also, John won't stop singing The Circle of Life. That's definitely not helping.