The first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon, Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" starring Mickey Mouse, premiered at Universal's Colony Theater in New York City, November 18, 1928. It was a smash hit! Not until 50 years later, in 1978, did Mickey Mouse have an official birthday when Disney Archivist Dave Smith declared November 18, 1928 as the first general public appearance of Mickey Mouse.
Cartoon Synopsis: Steamboat Willie
|Title card of Steamboat Willie|
A loose parody of Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Mickey is a roustabout on Pegleg Pete's river steamer. After a goat eats the sheet music, Mickey and Minnie use various objects at hand (including a cat on unedited versions!) to create music.
|Pete confronts Mickey at the helm of the steamboat|
The tale of a then black-and-white Mickey's adventures at sea served as a springboard for the legendary Disney empire. The antics and adventures of Mickey provided some much needed comfort during the Great Depression years.
Walt Disney Animations Steamboat Willie (1928)
The Classic Mickey Mouse Cartoon
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