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. 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' Gauchoalso predates Steamboat Willie. Neither were picked up by distributors at the time, making Steamboat Willie the first Mickey Mouse film to be widely distributed. It is also notable for being one of the first sound cartoons.
• Fiddling Around • The Barnyard Concert • The Cactus Kid • The Fire Fighters • The Shindig • The Chain Gang • The Gorilla Mystery • The Picnic • Pioneer Days • Minnie's Yoo-Hoo • The Birthday Party • Traffic Troubles • The Castaway • The Moose Hunt • The Delivery Boy • Mickey Steps Out • Blue Rhythm • Fishin' Around • The Barnyard Broadcast • The Beach Party • Mickey Cuts Up • Mickey's Orphans • The Duck Hunt • The Grocery Boy • The Mad Dog • Barnyard Olympics • Mickey's Revue • Musical Farmer • Mickey in Arabia • Mickey's Nightmare • Trader Mickey • The Whoopee Party • Touchdown Mickey • The Wayward Canary • The Klondike Kid • Parade of the Award Nominees • Mickey's Good Deed • Building a Building • The Mad Doctor • Mickey's Pal Pluto • Mickey's Mellerdrammer • Ye Olden Days • The Mail Pilot • Mickey's Mechanical Man • Mickey's Gala Premier • Puppy Love • The Pet Store • The Steeple Chase • Giantland • Shanghaied • Camping Out • Playful Pluto • Gulliver Mickey • Mickey's Steam Roller • Orphan's Benefit • Mickey Plays Papa • The Dognapper • Two-Gun Mickey • Mickey's Man Friday • The Band Concert • Mickey's Service Station • Mickey's Kangaroo • Mickey's Garden • Mickey's Fire Brigade • Pluto's Judgement Day • On Ice • Mickey's Polo Team • Orphans' Picnic • Mickey's Grand Opera • Thru the Mirror • Mickey's Rival • Moving Day • Alpine Climbers • Mickey's Circus • Mickey's Elephant • The Worm Turns • Magician Mickey • Moose Hunters • Mickey's Amateurs • Hawaiian Holiday • Clock Cleaners • Lonesome Ghosts • Boat Builders • Mickey's Trailer • The Whalers • Mickey's Parrot • Brave Little Tailor • Society Dog Show • Mickey's Surprise Party • The Pointer • The Standard Parade •
• Tugboat Mickey • Pluto's Dream House • Mr Mouse Takes a Trip • The Sorcerer's Apprentice • The Little Whirlwind • A Gentleman's Gentleman • Canine Caddy • The Nifty Nineties • Orphans' Benefit • Lend a Paw • Mickey's Birthday Party • Symphony Hour • All Together • Pluto and the Armadillo • Squatter's Rights • Mickey and the Beanstalk • Mickey's Delayed Date • Mickey Down Under • Mickey and the Seal • Pueblo Pluto •
• R'coon Dawg • Pluto's Party • Pluto's Christmas Tree • The Simple Things •
• Mickey's New Car • Around the World in Eighty Days • Mickey's Airplane Kit • Mickey's Mistake • The Candy House • Mickey's Mechanical Man • Mickey's Piano Lesson • Mickey's Remedy • Mickey Tries To Cook • Topsy Turvy Town • The Nutcracker • Mickey's Rival Returns • Mickey and the Seagull • Mickey's Mixed Nuts • Mickey's Mountain • Mickey's Mix-Up • Mickey's Christmas Chaos • Mickey's Cabin • Mickey's Big Break • Big House Mickey • • Mickey's April Fools • Mickey and the Goat Man • Pinball Mickey •