Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Steamboat Willie and Mickey Mouse

Q: In Steamboat Willy, does Mickey play himself? Is the boat the only thing named Steamboat Willy?
Charlotte, Topeka, Kansas

A [Dave Smith]: No, it is Mickey Mouse portraying the character of Willie, known as Steamboat Willie because he works on a steamboat. The boat has no name in the cartoon, though it docks at Podunk Landing.

Q: We were always under the impression that Steamboat Willie was the third Mickey Mouse cartoon to be produced, but the first one released, on November 18th, 1928. However, a few websites note Plane Crazy as being released on May 15, 1928, six months before Steamboat Willie. Was this a true release date or perhaps just a private viewing for distributors?
Joseph and Chrissy, Modesto, California

A [Dave Smith]: The May 15th date was a preview of the silent version of Plane Crazy in Los Angeles; the film did not have its official release until after sound was added. It opened at the Mark Strand Theatre in New York on March 17, 1929, four months after Steamboat Willie premiered.

More to see [by Marcio Disney]

Nowadays, you can see the "Steamboat Willy" boat at the AMAZING Fantasmic Finale at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Here you can Watch this amazing short! I really love it :)


  1. Recently an old flim has been uncovered from my fathers childhood. I recall watching it as a young child. It is from the mid to late 1930's or 1940's era. We believe it to be early Disney characters with a cow playing a piano, with the keys flying off and on. My father, now 74 years old, thinks it is Cow Cow, or Cow Town Boogie followed by Steamboat Willie. We have access to the projector, although if our memory is correct, we would not want to harm the flim. What is the best method to varify if our memories are correct?

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