“The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met”
…I don’t know what to say about this while still keeping it short. This has got to be one of the strangest Disney shorts and it really creeped me out as a child. I watched a lot of cartoons as a kid, a lot of the same things over and over again. My mom was always good about bringing home cartoons/recording cartoons for us that she thought we would like.
Though “The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met” to this day I find creepy and at the same time, very sad. The story is of a whale who has a profound talent who ultimately meets with an untimely end. It does say a lot about how humans who don’t understand something can fear it, instead of appreciating and understanding it.
When I was little, I LOVED Whales. In fact, I still do – I use to check out every whale book from the school library. I did that so often in fact, that the librarians were always surprised when I would check out a book that didn’t have to do with sea-animals. Needless to say, I have always had a deep love and respect for all animals. Perhaps this is why these cartoons, (along with being generally kind of distressing) scared me. You would think after all these years of over-hunting and cruelty that humans would know better than just to kill for our needs and instead think of the planet working as a whole with all its part, unfortunately, unnecessary and illegal cruelty to whales and other sea-creatures still goes on to this day.
Another whale cartoon I watched multiple times as a child was “Samson and Sally: The Song of the Whales” (youtube)
The film revolves around a young albino male Sperm whale named Samson who strongly believes the legendary tales of Moby Dick. The legends say that Moby Dick was a hero for all whales, and that he will someday return. He meets Sally, a young black-and-white female sperm whale who is orphaned after her pod is slaughtered by whalers. Samson’s pod adopts Sally and she befriends Samson even though she does not believe in Moby Dick. Samson and Sally together survive certain dangers, such as killer whales, a massive oil slick, radiation poisoning, and whaling ships, which they refer to as “iron beasts.” …
via wikipedia Let’s just say I found it dark and sad and just all around stressful. But still and very interesting story and bit of animation.
Sylvanian Families theme song
a song that haunts me to this day
As much as I love Rankin/Bass this scared the SHIT out of me as a young’n. Can’t wait for the new Hobbit movie to come out though…
Actually, this still gives me the creeps. But I love the song!
THE GREATEST ADVENTURE IS WHAT LIES AHEAD!
Continuing with some of my favorite Christmas related things….
The Nutcracker. By far my favorite Christmas cartoon.
I don’t think (or know) if they play it on tv anymore. Wathcing it brings back many good childhood memories.
I was sad when I never saw it during the Holiday season anymore. Then a few years ago I found it on DVD as a bargain buy. I was elated!
The end of this movie, OH MY GOD. I cried/cry every time. So romantic.
If you enjoy cartoons, or want to watch a good Christmas themed one. I suggest this movie!
Fun Fact: The Nutcracker is voiced by a young Kiefer Sutherland AKA JACK BAUER from the Fox tv drama 24.