Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
(né Wladizu Valentino Liberace)
Flamboyant pianist who had a variety of television shows throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Liberace combined genuine musical talent with an exceptionally outlandish wardrobe, a toothy smile, and constant references to his violinist brother George and his mother.
Spoofs of this character -- in more sense than one -- can be seen in The Three Little Bops (Freleng, 1957), when the piano playing pig refers to George, as well as in Hyde and Hare (Freleng, 1955), when Bugs plays the piano. There is a delightful spoof in Wideo Wabbit (McKimson, 1956), complete with 88-key grin, references to George and Mother, and a dreadful pun.