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Steamboat Willie (1928)

Mickey Mouse is a mischievous deckhand on a riverboat that is under the command of the tyrannical Captain Pete.

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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Mickey Mouse's classic cartoon debut. See more »


Certificate:

TV-Y7 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Is actually not the first synchronized sound cartoon. Walt Disney's rival Max Fleischer had produced a series of sound Bouncing Ball "Song Car-Tunes", which featured synchronized dialogue and music starting in 1926. The first to be produced was My Old Kentucky Home (1926). See more »

Goofs

When Mickey picks up the hammer with his tail, it jumps out into mid-air for a frame then goes back in. 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 »

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'Pinocchio': No Strings Attached (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Turkey in the Straw
(uncredited)
Traditional
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Timeless
11 February 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

This 8 minute gem is not only timeless, but it is a cartoon milestone. It is Mickey's third cartoon, and one of his best ones too. It is a cartoon milestone because it was the first one with synchronised sound. And my goodness, even after 70+ years it is ever so good, and gives real additional weight to the narrative. The black and white animation is excellent, and the character features are convincing enough. The music is wonderful, I love the soundtrack, it does add to the fun the cartoon has, no matter how thin the story sometimes is. And the cartoon is funny! So many memorable moments, like the cow's teeth being used as an xylophone and its udder as a bagpipe. The characters are also engaging, Mickey and Minnie two landmark Disney characters are well voiced by Walt Disney, and Pete serves well as "the villain of the piece". All in all, "Steamboat Willie" is just a timeless gem that everybody should see at least once. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steamboat Willie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,986 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Cinephone

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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