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Steamboat Willie (1928)

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

Directors:

Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney (uncredited)

Star:

Walt Disney
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Cast

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

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 <jreeves@imdb.com>

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TV-Y7 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steamboat Willie See more »

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Budget:

$4,986 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Cinephone

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is one of six cartoons that plays in the Main Street Cinema at Disneyland. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Parrot: Hope you don't feel hurt, big boy!
[laughs, Mickey harms the parrot in some way]
Parrot: Help! Help! Man overboard!
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Alternate Versions

After Mickey pulls nursing piglets in tune to music, he removes them and plays on their mother's teats like an accordion. This scene has been deleted for Mickey's 25th Anniversary theatrical release in 1953. See more »


Soundtracks

Steamboat Bill
(uncredited)
Music by Bert Leighton and Frank Leighton
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History Made
18 August 2008 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

No doubt about it. This is the animated short that put Uncle Walt on the map of success. When Walt's older brother,Roy suggested that the next Mickey Mouse short should include sound, Walt jumped at the chance. The result:Steamboat Willie was a runaway hit for 1928. It was, after all, the first animated short subject with a synchronized sound track (mostly music & sound effects,as dialog was minimal). Not to sound like a wet blanket, but the short is far from perfect. Animation prior to 1935 was creaky & rather herky jerky (but once equipment made improvements,and better artistic techniques came about,the rest was smooth sailing),and the sound was primitive (Disney wanted to use the then well known RCA Sound System,or the Western Electric Noiseless sound system,but was refused by both firms,prompting Disney to use the Photophone system that P.A. Powers was experimenting with at the time). The plot (there's an actual plot line here?)concerns Mickey (as the aforementioned Willie)is the pilot of a steamboat, that is terrorized by Black Pete (Captain Pete to you),and decides to have a jam session on ship, using the various animals on board as musical instruments (ASPCA, take notice). If you don't think too much about the technical shortcomings, Steamboat Willie can be eight minutes of fun (and a piece of history).


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