Friday, December 6, 2013

Sharing Animation - Steamboat Willie (Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks - Walt Disney Studios, 1928)

Coming back from a long streak of animated music videos I want to return to, well let's call them normal short movies, but hopefully they don't have anything normal about them!

And of course, I wanted to come back BIG, so what else but a big classic!
One of the biggest in fact, Steamboat Willie, directed by Walt Disney himself and Ub Iwerks.

YES this is the short in which Mickey Mouse has that classic whistling song of his in the ship's wheel! This shirt is actually not the first Mickey appearance, he appeared in two other cartoons prior to this one, Plain Crazy and The Gallopin' Gaucho. But nevertheless, the original release date (November 18, 1928) was later considered Mickey's official birthday!

This was the first cartoon with synchronized sound. It was a parody of a Buster Keaton film, Steamboat Bill Jr. It is quite crude and as you may see, not at all the gentle Mickey we got to know over the years. But it's mad fun to watch how he grew!

I'm sure there's tons and tons of fun facts and other stories about this short, but I don't want to elongate myself here, since this is such a well known short.

So without further ado, here's Steamboat Willie by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, in the old times of Walt Disney Studios.

Check out the other short movies from the Sharing Collection HERE!!

See you soon with more and more sharings!

No copyright and related rights infringements are intended with these sharings, all these animations are properties from their respective authors or studios always credited in the post.

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