Steamboat Willie

  • Walt Disney: voice of Mickey Mouse
  • Animation: ub Iwerks
  • Les Clark
  • Tadeusz Collins
  • Johnny Cannon
  • Wilfred Jackson
  • Dick Lundy

Steamboat Willie is the first set to music, publicly performed Cartoons with the cartoon character Mickey Mouse.

After Walt Disney had previously been two silent films produced with Mickey Mouse, he sat in Steamboat Willie first time the possibilities of sound film one. On November 18, 1928, the film was premiered. The first two films were dubbed and subsequently published.

Director and screenplay were acquired by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, the music was written by Wilfred Jackson (and not, as is often assumed, by Carl Stalling ) and consists of popular folk songs like Steamboat Bill (which was also the inspiration for the title ) and Turkey in the Straw.

Sound in animation

Steamboat Willie is called wrongly often be the first animated film with sound. It has already been produced and published from 1924 cartoons with sound, including Max Fleischer's My Old Kentucky Home (1926 ) and Paul Terry's Dinner Time (1928 ). Steamboat Willie was but the first of these films, which reached a larger audience. For synchronization of the artificially created sound recording with pictures of an animated film a special production process was developed by Disney's studio, which the company secured a technological lead for several years.


Mickey works under Captain Pete ( Black Pete ) on the steamer Willie. He is whistling merrily on the bridge and controls the ship until Black Pete angrily throws him from the bridge itself and takes the helm. A little later they take on a shore on a cow as cargo. Shortly after they have passed again, Minnie appears on the shore, but can not reach the boat. Mickey still manages to heave it into the boat - while Minnie loses the sheet music to the song Turkey in the Straw, which are eaten by a goat. Then rotate Minnie at the tail of the goat, which then like a phonograph plays the song. Mickey plays this on different objects and uses a variety of animals as instruments, including the cow on their teeth as he plays on a xylophone. Disturbed by this " noise," shoos Black Pete on the two and sentenced Mickey to peel potatoes. His parrot makes fun and is unceremoniously thrown by Mickey overboard, so that in the end he laughs.

Performance in Germany

Having already from 1927 Disney's earlier Oswald and Alice cartoons were performed in Germany, the Mickey Mouse films came in 1930 in the German cinemas. Steamboat Willie went through under the name A ship sweeps through the waves on February 11, 1930, the Board of Film Berlin.

In 1999 the cartoon was published in Germany on the video Mickey's greatest hits, this time under its original title. On DVD, the 2009 movie in the series Walt Disney Treasures - Mickey Mouse in Black and White - Volume 1: 1928-1935 appeared.

On January 17, 2014, was the first animated film was shown on the new TV channel Disney Channel Germany.


The action was taken repeatedly over time. In a band of Funny paperback series (No. 267 ) is a story published as a tribute to the film. Also the film in the television series The Simpsons Itchy Scratchy was parodied.

The goat " played " song " Turkey in the Straw " was in 1935: to listen again, this time it played on his flute Donald Duck " Mickey Mouse and Friends Concert band ".

In the book " The Green Mile " by Stephen King the mouse of block E is called first " Steamboat Willie" and is later called by Eduard Delacroix " Mr. Jingles "

In the episode How to become ( How To Be A Waiter ) an upper series of the New Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie stories was also taken up. Looking for the right film, Goofy tries in the silent film Steamboat Goofy. In the opening scene of Mickey and Minnie were replaced by Goofy and Clarabelle. Apart from the fact that not Mickey Mouse but Goofy controls the steamship and whistles to the film begins as usual. However, after kollisiert " Steamboat Goofy " with " Steamboat Willie". After complaining Mickey Mouse, Goofy goes under the ship. (1)