Steamboat Willie

By Kaylynn Jamieson


  • a 1928 American animated short film directed by Walt Disney
  • the cartoon is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie
  • Walt was inspired to make Mickey a sound character
  • In 1998 the film was selected for preservation in the United States' National Film Registry for being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
  • On November 21, Variety Magazine published a review which read in part "Not the first animated cartoon to be synchronized with sound effects, but the first to attract favorable attention.

My opinion

I believe that Steamboat Willie was the success of Walt Disney. He believed he could create a cartoon with sound and also make it capture the attention of the audience. He succeeded and didn't give up on what he wanted despite conflict with critics.