Disney's operatic whale

by brian lam

My friend Joshua from New York’s American Museum of Natural History–where I stared up into the belly of the blue whale as a child–sent me this clip of Disney’s operatic short animation about a singing whale.

My dad (who loves the opera and ocean equally) had talked about it since I was a kid. After years of looking we finally found a vhs on ebay and got to watch it together. Of course, now it’s just a few clicks away on youtube.

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Keep in mind, even reading the Cousteau books on Dolphins from 1976, it is clear that scientists did not understand the sea song of cetaceans 3 decades ago, let alone 6, in 1945 when this short was released by Disney.

A wonderful thing to play for your sea loving tykes. Don’t mind the harpoon play, Willie the whale never gets shot.

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