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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Willie The Operatic Whale- 1946

In honor of the little stuffed sea mammal I made the other day, I thought I'd post a cartoon about another seriously awesome whale. This classic Disney cartoon, also known as "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met", tells the story of a gifted whale whose fondest desire is to perform and sing for others.

Unfortunately for our tragic hero Willie, the opera producer who sets out to meet him isn't interested in an audition, he's attempting a rescue mission. Tetti Tatti fails to recognize the talent in the friendly cetacean, instead believing that Willie has swallowed an opera singer (or 3).

The end result is predictably horrible. Where were the sea shepherds when he needed them?

My favorite part is at 2:42 when he plays Mephistopheles. Something about putting a whale in a devil costume is just amazing. 

This is a pretty sad cartoon. But it definitely makes you want to like opera more.

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