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Steamboat Willie is a theatrical cartoon directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, who also presumably wrote the story. Iwerks, Wilfred Jackson, and Les Clark animated it, with Jackson and Bert Lewis handling the musical score.[1] The film features Mickey Mouse, Peg-Leg Pete and Minnie Mouse.


Mickey is on a steamboat captained by Pete, who physically abuses him, and a particularly annoying parrot who enjoys laughing at Mickey's failures. A trip to Podunk Landing leads to many animals as well as Minnie boarding the vessel. When a goat eats Minnie's music sheets and guitar, she and Mickey find themselves making music with the assistance of the animals, that is, until Pete finds him and sentences him to potato peeling.


  • The comic story Mickey Mouse and the River of Time (1998), created 70 years after Steamboat Willie, is a sequel to it.
  • The world Timeless River in Kingdom Hearts II (2005) takes place at Cornerstone Hill and references the cartoon many times, even ending with Sora, Donald and Goofy riding his steamboat.

Behind the scenes

Steamboat Willie was released on November the 18th, 1928.[1] It is notable for being the first cartoon starring Mickey Mouse to be distributed. It was also one of the earliest sound cartoons. As such, it is often seen as the debut of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, even though they had actually appeared in Plane Crazy several months earlier, which was only shown at a test screening and would not be distributed until 1929. The production and test screening of The Gallopin' Gaucho also predates Steamboat Willie. Neither were picked up by distributors at the time, making Steamboat Willie the first Mickey Mouse film to be widely distributed.[1] It is also notable for being one of the first sound cartoons.

Its title was inspired by Steamboat Bill, Jr., a live-action silent film released earlier in 1928.[2]

Notes and References

List of episodes of Mickey Mouse
• Steamboat WillieThe Gallopin' GauchoThe Barn DancePlane CrazyThe Opry House • When the Cat's AwayThe Barnyard BattleThe Plow BoyThe Karnival KidMickey's FolliesMickey's Choo-ChooThe Jazz FoolJungle RhythmThe Haunted HouseWild Waves
Fiddling AroundThe Barnyard ConcertThe Cactus KidThe Fire FightersThe ShindigThe Chain GangThe Gorilla MysteryThe Picnic • Pioneer DaysMinnie's Yoo-HooThe Birthday PartyTraffic TroublesThe CastawayThe Moose HuntThe Delivery BoyMickey Steps OutBlue RhythmFishin' AroundThe Barnyard BroadcastThe Beach PartyMickey Cuts UpMickey's OrphansThe Duck HuntThe Grocery BoyThe Mad DogBarnyard OlympicsMickey's RevueMusical FarmerMickey in ArabiaMickey's NightmareTrader MickeyThe Whoopee PartyTouchdown MickeyThe Wayward CanaryThe Klondike KidParade of the Award NomineesMickey's Good DeedBuilding a BuildingThe Mad DoctorMickey's Pal PlutoMickey's MellerdrammerYe Olden DaysThe Mail PilotMickey's Mechanical ManMickey's Gala PremierPuppy LoveThe Pet StoreThe Steeple ChaseGiantland • ShanghaiedCamping OutPlayful PlutoGulliver Mickey • Mickey's Steam RollerOrphan's BenefitMickey Plays PapaThe DognapperTwo-Gun MickeyMickey's Man FridayThe Band ConcertMickey's Service StationMickey's KangarooMickey's GardenMickey's Fire BrigadePluto's Judgement DayOn IceMickey's Polo TeamOrphans' PicnicMickey's Grand OperaThru the MirrorMickey's RivalMoving DayAlpine ClimbersMickey's CircusMickey's ElephantThe Worm TurnsMagician MickeyMoose HuntersMickey's AmateursHawaiian HolidayClock CleanersLonesome GhostsBoat BuildersMickey's TrailerThe WhalersMickey's ParrotBrave Little TailorSociety Dog ShowMickey's Surprise PartyThe PointerThe Standard Parade
Tugboat MickeyPluto's Dream HouseMr Mouse Takes a TripThe Sorcerer's ApprenticeThe Little WhirlwindA Gentleman's GentlemanCanine CaddyThe Nifty NinetiesOrphans' BenefitLend a PawMickey's Birthday PartySymphony HourAll Together • Pluto and the ArmadilloSquatter's RightsMickey and the BeanstalkMickey's Delayed DateMickey Down UnderMickey and the SealPueblo Pluto
R'coon DawgPluto's PartyPluto's Christmas TreeThe Simple Things
Mickey's Christmas Carol
The Prince and the PauperRunaway Brain
Get A HorseSteamboat Willie Redux
Mickey Mouse Works & House of Mouse
Mickey's New CarAround the World in Eighty DaysMickey's Airplane KitMickey's MistakeThe Candy HouseMickey's Mechanical ManMickey's Piano LessonMickey's RemedyMickey Tries To CookTopsy Turvy TownThe NutcrackerMickey's Rival ReturnsMickey and the SeagullMickey's Mixed NutsMickey's MountainMickey's Mix-UpMickey's Christmas ChaosMickey's CabinMickey's Big BreakBig House Mickey
Mickey's April FoolsMickey and the Goat ManPinball Mickey