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Monday, November 16, 2015

Mickey's First Film

After Walt Disney lost Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Universal Pictures, Walt came up with the idea for Mickey Mouse and sat down with the only animator he could trust- Ub Iwerks- to animate the first Mickey Mouse cartoon.

That cartoon would be- Plane Crazy. Ub had animated about 2/3rds of the film before Walt Disney came upon the magic of sound. Since Plane Crazy had been envisioned as a silent cartoon, he chose to scrap everything and come up with an idea for a cartoon that would feature sound. That cartoon was Steamboat Willie. 

Steamboat Willie was a sensation, catapulting Mickey Mouse to superstardom. Despite the fact that Walt's brother Roy was against it, Walt was proven right when Steamboat Willie broke every record. Afterwards, Plane Crazy was reworked with sound and Mickey Mouse became a worldwide celebrity.