RELEASE DATE: Sunday 18th November 1928
SYNOPSIS: Mickey Mouse is working on a steamboat owned by the nasty Captain Pete. On their trip they pick up a bunch of animals as well as Mickey's girlfriend Minnie. Preferring to play over doing his chores, Mickey creates a party using the animals as instruments.
IRVYNE: You can see that this film was clearly designed for the sound effects. It's kind of hard for us to even fathom what a huge thing this was back in 1928. To our way of thinking, of COURSE you sync the sound to the cartoon. That's what you do, that's what you've always done. But for people who had NEVER seen anything like that before, it was simply revolutionary.
I had a little look to see if this was Peg-Leg Pete's first appearance, but Wikipedia tells me no. Pete is actually an older character than Mickey. He made his debut back in the old Alice cartoons.
HAKU: LOTS of cruelty to animals here! I hope the kids of the 20s didn't go home and try to get music out of their animals. Although at least Mickey only throws a potato at the parrot at the end. I was almost expecting him to throw the knife!
The look on Donald's face says it all.
As a side-note, as we're watching all these old Mickey Mouse cartoons, if anyone hasn't seen Frozen yet, make sure you're there for the pre-movie cartoon, and if it's at all possible, make sure you see it in 3D. It's fantastic. So creative!
Anyway. Back to Steamboat Willie.
I'd be interested to find out what their process was. I'm assuming they would have had to do the music first, so that they could animate everything to fit. I suppose it's hard to assume ANYTHING because they did animation so differently back then.