Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and back to Classic Shorts Showcase and today, we are taking a look at what I think has to be one of the best shorts from Disney canon. Today, we are taking a look at one of the most well-known shorts from Make Mine Music as we take at The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At The Met. With that out of the way, let’s begin.


The Plot

News have broken of a whale that can sing opera and all of the papers such as Variety are reporting it and no one believes it. Scientists are debating it. And news soon gets to Opera Imperasio Tetti-Tatti and he comes to the conclusion that the whale must’ve swallowed an opera singer and goes out there to save the opera singer.

So, he hires some sailors and takes a boat out there to harpoon the whale, we soon meet the whale, Willie as his friend, Whitey takes the reports of his discovery to his friend.

Willie goes off to be discovered and auditions for Tetti-Tatti, not knowing the real reason, why he was here. Willie sang his heart out and impressed the sailors that Tetti Tatti had hired and three different times, they stop him from harpooning the whale and Willie gets so wrapped up in singing that he soon imagines himself singing on the stage of the Met and having become a big star and singing to a sold out house almost every night.

Tetti-Tatti had thought that Willie had swallowed three singers as Willie could sing in three different styles and this only made things more dim for poor Willie as Tetti Tatti became even more determined to save non existent opera singers and harpooned Willie himself and thus killing the poor whale and sending him off to Heaven but Willie finally got his dream to sing for a sold out house as the closing shot was the gates of Heaven with a Sold Out Sign.

But never fear, Willie later appeared in two Mickey Mouse shorts.

All in all, this was a very good short and showed just how dark, Disney was willing to go back in the day as this short doesn’t really have a happy ending because our main character is killed off and not because if hate or malice but because of a misunderstanding as Tetti-Tatti didn’t think that a whale could actually sing like that.


Narrator – Nelson Eddy

Nelson Eddy did a great job of narrating this short and bring the characters to life. Which helps as he voiced all of the characters along with providing the narration and that is no easy feat but Nelson Eddy did a superb job.


Main Character

Willie The Whale voiced by Nelson Eddy

I really like Willie as he was talented and he just wanted to sing and share his talent with the world but alas it was not meant to be as Willie met an untimely demise at the hands of a human, who could not understand the talent, he saw before him.

Supporting Characters

Whitey voiced by Nelson Eddy

Now, while I liked Whitey after helping his friend be discovered and find his audition, he didn’t do much but I do like how in Willie’s dream sequences that Whitey was always there for him.

Sailors voiced by Nelson Eddy

The sailors were really funny and it was clear unlike Tetti-Tatti that knew the talent of Willie and were trying to protect him as they wanted to hear the whale sing.


Tetti-Tatti voiced by Nelson Eddy

Tetti-Tatti was a misguided soul as he thought that Willie couldn’t have been the talent, he saw before him and alas took his life. If he had just realized that Willie could be that talented, the world would’ve had a new talent.

My Final Thoughts

All in all, this was a great short and one that I highly say is worth checking out. You will not be disappointed, if you decide to watch this short. Peace!

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