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11 August 1930 (Sweden) See more »
Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)

Walt Disney ... Mickey Mouse / Minnie Mouse / Peg-Leg Pete / Parrot (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ub Iwerks 
Walt Disney (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Walt Disney  uncredited
Ub Iwerks  uncredited

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
Roy O. Disney .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)
Bert Lewis (uncredited)
Animation Department
Johnny Cannon .... animator (uncredited)
Les Clark .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Ub Iwerks .... animator (uncredited)
Wilfred Jackson .... animator (uncredited)
Dick Lundy .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Carl Edouarde .... conductor (uncredited)

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8 min
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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 »
Continuity: After Mickey tosses the cat and it hits the trashcan lid, the lid disappears.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Runaway Brain (1995)See more »
Turkey in the StrawSee more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
the other landmark short film of 1928, 8 July 2000
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

While in France as Germaine Dulac created a benchmark of short-subject, cinematic surrealism with The Seashell and the Clergyman, Walt Disney and his collaborator Ub Iwerks in America worked on Steamboat Willie, the most prominent of the early synchronized sound cartoons (it was revealed that this was not the first, contrary to other reports). It's also one of the more successfully simplistic and funny of the Mickey Mouse shorts (still in a silent-film way- the only sounds are little irks and bleeps from the Mickey and the animals). It also goes by fairly quickly for its less-than-ten minute run, if only by how quick and dopey the gags are.

But in these minutes one gets the immediate sense of how much fun Disney has with his characters, and how the newfound use of sound changes how his creation uses the animals as musical tools. There's no story to speak of, just random things that happens and occurs because of Mickey (err, Steamboat Willie) on this boat on a river. And like the better Mickey Mouse shorts, his lack of speaking acts as an advantage. It's a must-see if you haven't seen it as a kid, but if you have it might still be worth another look.

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