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Professor Tomaso Tetti-Tatti
Background information
Feature films Make Mine Music
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Nelson Eddy
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Short-tempered, pompous, greedy, ambitious
Appearance Obese, mustachioed, white hair, opera tuxedo
Occupation Professor, showman, impresario
Alignment Bad/neutral
Goal To harpoon Willie the Whale (succeeded)
Allies Willie the Whale (formerly), Whitey the seagulls (formerly)
Minions His sailors
Enemies Willie, Whitey
Likes Hunting whales
Dislikes Miracles
Powers and abilities Strength
Weapons Harpoon
Fate Harpoons Willie and dances with joy, but is beaten by his own ex-minions and is presumably arrested
Quote "I've got-a him!"

Tetti-Tatti is a showman and the main antagonist from Disney's short "The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met", segment of the 1946 film Make Mine Music. He is voiced by Nelson Eddy.


Over the top and dramatic. Upon hearing that a whale is seemingly able to sing opera, he immediately thinks that the whale must have eaten a singer, and immediately arranges to go rescue them.


Make Mine Music

Professor Tetti-Tatti is the primary antagonist in the segment, "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met." However, his intentions are to save someone's life rather than cause any harm. He is an Opera theater director intent on killing Willie the Sperm Whale, who he believes has eaten an opera singer. Willie is actually a kind, gentle creature who only wants to become famous for his voice. Willie dreams of singing in the opera one day and practices for other creatures in the sea.

When Tetti-Tatti and his crew finally find Willie, everyone except Tetti-Tatti is captivated by Willie's voice. After several attempts to shoot Wille with a harpoon are foiled by his crew, Tetti-Tatti seems to have finally seen the light when he becomes Willie's manager after the whale achieves his worldwide fame, performing in several of the world's most illustrious opera sheathes. However, it is soon revealed that Tetti-Tatti was still intent on the idea that Willie swallowed an opera singer and he kills him anyway, much to the rage of his crew. The narrator softens the blow by telling the audience not to be mad at Tetti-Tatti because he simply didn't understand, and also that Willie continues to sing in heaven.

It is likely that after realizing that Willie never did swallow an opera singer, Tetti-Tatti fell into a deep state of regret for what he had done.


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Media: Make Mine Music | Casey Bats Again | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | House of Mouse

Shorts: The Martins and the Coys | Blue Bayou | All the Cats Join In | Without You | Casey at the Bat | Two Silouhettes | Peter and the Wolf | After You've Gone | Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet | The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met

Characters: Grace Martin | Henry Coy | Egret Couple | Casey | Blake| Cooney | Jimmy Flynn | Pitcher | Umpire | Peter | Sasha | Sonia | Ivan | Peter's grandfather | Misha, Yasha and Vladimir | Wolf | Johnny Fedora | Alice Blue Bonnet | Willie the Whale | Whitey | Tetti-Tatti | Tetti-Tatti's sailors

Locations: Peter's cabin | Ocean | New York | Russia

Disney Parks: Casey's Corner | Storybook Land Canal Boats

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