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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 / Peg-Leg Pete / 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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Barco de vapor Willie  »

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On its release, this cartoon was paired with the movie Gang War (1928), but it was this cartoon, not the main movie, that movie patrons walked away talking about. See more »


At the Podunk Landing site, the cow's tag around her neck disappears for a second when she moos and is back again. See more »


Featured in The Disney Family Album: Voice Actors (1985) See more »


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slight mistake in Mickey history
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Steamboat Willy was not the first cartoon to feature Mickey Mouse. The first film to star America's friend was "Plane Crazy". "Plane Crazy" was released May 15th 1928 in Hollywood California,in the silent movie format. "Steamboat Willy" was released November 18th 1928 as a SOUND movie (it was also released July 29th 1928 as a silent film). Thus making "Steamboat.."the first SOUND film of Mickey but NOT the first film for the little American Mouse. While many game shows have used the question: "What was the first appearance of Mickey Mouse?" The true answer is "Plane Crazy" not "Steamboat Willy". These dates can be checkout on IMDb under "release dates".

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