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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

One scene that was planned but never animated was at the loading dock. After Mickey loaded the cow onto the boat, he was to have loaded the sow and her piglets as well. See more »

Goofs

After Mickey tosses the cat and it hits the trashcan lid, the lid disappears. 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

Other deletions (especially for recent television showings) include Mickey pulling on a cat's tail. The full, original, uncut version has been released on DVD. See more »


Soundtracks

Steamboat Bill
(uncredited)
Music by Bert Leighton and Frank Leighton
Whistled by Mickey Mouse
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A New Era in Cartoon History
4 January 2001 | by laishersSee all my reviews

This era was not just the dawn of sound in cartoons, but of a cartoon character which would go down in history as the world's most famous mouse. Yes, Mickey makes his debut here, in this cheery tale of life on board a steamboat. The animation is good for it's time, and the plot - though a little simple - is quite jolly. A true classic, and if you ever manage to get it on video, you won't regret it.


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