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Steamboat Willie Overview:

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. 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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Before the copyright for "Steamboat Willie" expired was set to expire in 2003, Disney lobbied the US Congress successfully for an extension of copyright protection by twenty years. Because of this law, "Steamboat Willie" will not enter the public domain until 2023.
Debuted at the Colony Theatre on Broadway, on November 18, 1928.
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 produced by Walt Disney




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Also released in 1928




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