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Steamboat Willie (1928)

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Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck.


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Uncredited cast:
Mickey Mouse / Minnie Mouse / The Parrot (voice) (uncredited)


Mickey is piloting a steamboat when Captain Pete comes to the bridge and throws him off. They stop to pick up cargo. Minnie just misses the boat and Mickey uses the crane to grab her. She drops her sheet music of "Turkey in the Straw" and a goat eats it. With help from Mickey, she cranks the goat's tail, and it plays the tune. Mickey accompanies on percussion and by torturing various animals, until Pete comes down and puts a stop to it, putting Mickey to work peeling potatoes. While this is the first sound Mickey Mouse, there's no dialog. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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11 August 1930 (Sweden)  »

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$4,986 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Roy O. Disney, Walt Disney came up with the idea of putting a soundtrack into his next Mickey Mouse cartoon after watching The Jazz Singer (1927). See more »


After Mickey tosses the cat and it hits the trashcan lid, the lid disappears. See more »


Referenced in I Know That Voice (2013) See more »


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Without A Doubt One Of Disney's Best Shorts!
27 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why did I not see this before?! This is SPECTACULAR! Steamboat Willie is without a doubt one of Walt Disney's best shorts. I was delighted a whole lot by this ingenious piece of history! Walt Disney was a genius to perfect something as spectacular as this, I mean that he did a totally and completely fantastic job at making this marvel of an animated short film! Steamboat Willie is a ,asterpiece, one of the greatest animated short film ever to be made in the history of film, and not only that, but it is also one of the best things that Walt Disney ever made!

I can see why this would be considered a masterpiece of animation, because it certainly is a masterpiece, one of the greatest cartoon shorts ever made! I can also see why this was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Well, it ought to be preserved, it truly is a remarkable piece not just animation history, but film history as well! This gets yet another perfect rating of ten stars out of ten, it gets that rating for being a splendid, perfect, and unforgettable animated short film!

This spectacular piece of history is something else that should be viewed by all people who haven't done so already. Why? Because I said that it is a very great animated short film. That's why. I am telling you right now, this is something incredible, don't miss out on all of the fun!


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