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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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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.?Sure, 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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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.
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.
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.
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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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