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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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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.
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.
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.
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National Film Registry

Steamboat Willie

Released 1928
Inducted 1998
(Short, Sound)




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Also released in 1928




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