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Steamboat Willie (1928) was a Animation - Family Film directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks and produced by Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney.

Steamboat Willie was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1998.

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Steamboat Willie

By samcooper on Apr 13, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

There are many reasons why Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie cartoon has remained a staple in American animation.┬áSure, there were cartoons that featured sound in the early 1920′s – Fleishcher’s Inkwell Studios did it with Song Car-Tunes. This also isn’t the “first&#... Read full article


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Variety's review of "Steamboat Willie" read: "Not the first animated cartoon to be synchronized with sound effects, but the first to attract favorable attention. This one represents a high order of cartoon ingenuity, cleverly combined with sound effects. The union brought laughs galore. Giggles came so fast at the Colony they were stumbling over each other." (Variety, November 21, 1928.)
On its release, this cartoon was paired with the movie Gang War, but it was this cartoon, not the main movie, that movie patrons walked away talking about.
According to Roy O. Disney, Walt Disney came up with the idea of putting a soundtrack into his next Mickey Mouse cartoon after watching The Jazz Singer.
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National Film Registry

Steamboat Willie

Released 1928
Inducted 1998
(Short, Sound)




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Also directed by Ub Iwerks




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Also released in 1928




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