Why was Steamboat Willie so important?
Disney’s Steamboat Willie is a landmark in the history of animation. The first film starring Mickey Mouse to be released with synchronized sound, it threw silent animation into obsolescence and launched an empire. Previously, there had been little to distinguish Disney’s cartoons from those of his competitors.
Is Steamboat Willie the first Disney movie?
Steamboat Willie was the third of Mickey’s films to be produced, but it was the first to be distributed, because Walt Disney, having seen The Jazz Singer, had committed himself to produce one of the first fully synchronized sound cartoons.
Why did Steamboat Willie change to Mickey Mouse?
The character began as Mortimer Mouse before Walt’s wife, Lillian, convinced him to change the character’s name. Soon enough, Walt decided on the name Mickey Mouse, and he would premiere the character in a test-screening of a short animation called Plane Crazy.