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Waller, Thomas (“Fats”)

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 24, 2004

    Popular jazz pianist of the 1920s and 30s who made frequent appearances on radio, often referring to himself as “300 pounds of jive and joviality”. Waller caricatures can be seen in Clean Pastures (Freleng, 1937), in The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos (Tashlin, 1937) as “Fats Swallow”, and most notably in Tin Pan Alley Cats (Clampett, 1943), where the main character, a Waller-like cat, is sent into a Wackyland-like setting, re-using and updating some of the animation from Porky in Wackyland (Clampett, 1938).

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