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For who ever heard of an operatic whale?
―People having no idea a whale sings opera


Willie is an opera-singing sperm whale and the main protagonist of Disney's 1946 short The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met, a segment of the 1946 animated feature, Make Mine Music.

Background

Willie was generally a normal whale except for the fact that he simply adored opera, and would sing for any sailors in earshot, leading to the investigations of just how this was possible. Most notably, Tetti-Tatti the Opera Director, who couldn't believe that a whale could actually sing Opera and decided that Willie must have swallowed an opera singer, taking a trio of tough sailors with him to try and rescue the Opera singers so they could perform for him.

Whitey, the seagull, took a newspaper to Willie, all the sea creatures excited for their talented friend as they believe he's going to be discovered and finally have his dream come true. Willie rushed out to meet the ship with Tetti-Tatti and sailors, singing for them and showing the true extents of his talents. The three sailors had no more interest in killing him, wanting to simply listen to him sing, while Tetti-Tatti became more and more frantic, believing that Willie had eaten three Opera singers due to Willie's ability to sing with multiple voices at once. The Sailors repeatedly wrestled Tetti-Tatti away from the harpoon and pin him to listen to Willie.

At first, it seemed that Tetti-Tetti was finally convinced, having become his manager, but later he shot Willie with the harpoon, killing him. Whitey mourned his friend, as Willie's spirit enters heaven. However, he was now able to sing with even more voices, performing for what was implied to be a packed audience, as the golden gates close with a sign which read "Sold Out", having realized his dream after all.

Personality

He appears to be very friendly, singing for not only sailors but for his ocean friends, the seals and a seagull. He dreams of singing at the Met and becoming a famous opera star, showcasing his unmatched talent for the world to hear, performing all sorts of operas. He doesn't seem particularly interested in monetary compensation-he just wants to sing his whale-sized heart out for all to hear.

Design

He's a whale-with all that comes with it! He has a huge squishy-looking body, massive head with comparatively small eyes and mouth, boasting a rather unique attribute-having three uvulas in his throat, which allows him to sing with three different voices, even forming different words and notes with each one, leading the Opera director to believe he has swallowed not one, but three opera singers.

Appearances

Make Mine Music


Mickey Mouse Works

In the short "Relaxing with Von Drake" Willie makes a cameo, when Von Drake helps Donald relax his ears with Willie singing "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain", "I've Been Working on the Railroad', and "Oh Susanna".

House of Mouse

Willie made a few appearances among the audience in the series. One of them was "Humphrey in the House", when Humphrey landed on his pile of fish and tried to make a sandwich out of his flipper. Another notable appearance was in "Halloween With Hades", when he was sitting with Willie the Giant when Hades walked by and greeted them. This confused the two, where Willie noted that Hades gives him "the willies".

Mickey Mouse

Willie made a cameo appearance in the episode "O Sole Minnie".

Disney Parks

Willie has only appeared on a poster in the queue for Mickey's Philharmagic as one of the previous shows to have been performed at the Fantasyland Concert Hall.

Development memos for Walt Disney World dated to Fall of 1971 show a loose outline for a never built "Willie the Whale Complex", an aquarium and marine mammal park which would incorporate animation into their shows in some capacity. [1]

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References

  1. Capital Expenditure Planning 1971-1972 - DisneyDocs.net


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Segments: The Martins and the CoysBlue BayouAll the Cats Join InWithout YouCasey at the Bat Two SilouhettesPeter and the WolfAfter You've GoneJohnny Fedora and Alice Blue BonnetThe Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met

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Restaurants: Casey's Corner

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Locations
Peter's cabinOceanNew York CityRussia


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Mickey and Minnie's Runaway RailwayMove It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyWorld of Color: CelebrateWe Love Mickey!
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Supporting: PeteLudwig Von DrakeScrooge McDuckClarabelle CowMickey's ScooterMinnie's ScooterYetiGubblesBady PandaJosé CariocaPanchito PistolesChip 'n' DaleSleepyDocBashfulHappyGrumpyDopeySneezyForest AnimalsHuey, Dewey, and LouieOrphansGiant SquidChernabog and his minionsBeagle BoysSpike the BeeEricaMartian RobotMorty and Ferdie Fieldmouse
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Episodes
Season 1: "No Service" • "Yodelberg" • "Croissant de Triomphe" • "New York Weenie" • "Tokyo Go" • "Stayin' Cool" • "Gasp!" • "Panda-monium" • "Bad Ear Day" • "Ghoul Friend" • "Dog Show" • "O Sole Minnie" • "Potatoland" • "Sleepwalkin'" • "Flipperboobootosis" • "Tapped Out" • "Third Wheel" • "The Adorable Couple"

Season 2: "Cable Car Chaos" • "Fire Escape" • "Eau de Minnie" • "O Futebol Clássico" • "Down the Hatch" • "Goofy's Grandma" • "Captain Donald" • "Mumbai Madness" • "The Boiler Room" • "Space Walkies" • "Mickey Monkey" • "Clogged" • "Goofy's First Love" • "Doggone Biscuits" • "Workin' Stiff" • "Al Rojo Vivo" • "Bottle Shocked" • "A Flower for Minnie" • "Bronco Busted"
Season 3: "Coned!" • "One Man Band" • "Wish Upon a Coin" • "Movie Time" • "Shifting Gears" • "Black and White" • "­­¡Feliz Cumpleaños!" • "Wonders of the Deep" • "Road Hogs" • "No" • "Roughin' It" • "Dancevidaniya" • "Couple Sweaters" • "Turkish Delights" • "Sock Burglar" • "Ku'u Lei Melody" • "Entombed" • "No Reservations" • "Split Decision" • "Good Sports"
Season 4: "Swimmin' Hole" • "Canned" • "Touchdown and Out" • "Locked in Love" • "Bee Inspired" • "Shipped Out" • "Three-Legged Race" • "Nature's Wonderland" • "The Birthday Song" • "The Perfect Dream" • "Feed the Birds" • "Carnaval" • "Year of the Dog" • "The Fancy Gentleman" • "New Shoes" • "Springtime" • "Dumb Luck" • "Flushed!" • "Roll 'em"
Season 5: "Amore Motore" • "A Pete Scorned" • "House Painters" • "Surprise!" • "Hats Enough"
Specials: "Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special" • "The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular"

Locations
Snack ShackCafe MinniePatisserie Daisy

Places in the World: Paris, FranceNew York City, New YorkTokyo, JapanBeijing, ChinaVenice, ItalyIdahoSan Francisco, CaliforniaBrazilIndiaPamplona, SpainMonacoLondon, EnglandMexicoMoscow, RussiaTurkeyHawaiiEgyptKorea
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