Mickey Mouse's first speaking role


15 Responses to “Mickey Mouse's first speaking role”

  1. Ito Kagehisa says:

    Thanks, Pesco! That’s so awesomely… Fleischer… I especially liked when Mickey takes the top of his head off and you can look into his empty skull.

  2. rrh says:

    Steamboat Willie was the first Disney cartoon with fully syncronized sound, but Mickey doesn’t speak in that one.

    This one and the Skeleton Dance do this thing I’ve come to associate with Ub Iwerks, where the same gag is played two times in a row. Am I right to associate it with him, or would all the Disney cartoons do it around this time?

  3. robcat2075 says:

    For copyright wonks… notice that the visible copyright date is not part of the original artwork at the beginning. It has none of the film weave that the rest of the image has. It has been added at some later date, most likely for this DVD release.

  4. forgeweld says:

    Wow, how great. Very Fleischeresque indeed. Cartoons from the early days seem to revel in the joyous possibilities of the medium.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Here’s a bunch of Mickey Mouse first.
    First Mickey Mouse appearance ever. That was Plane Crazy.
    First Mickey Mouse appearance in a cartoon with sound was Steamboat Willie.
    First cartoon where Mickey Mouse spoke was Karnival Kid.
    Here are the clips…

  6. Mike Gebert says:

    “Odd bit of synchronicity, just yesterday I was watching this cartoon where Bosko was selling hotdogs.”

    Actually a lot of the business with the hot dog comes from an earlier Disney cartoon with Oswald, the proto-Mickey rabbit that Walt didn’t own the rights to and was fired from, leading him to create and own his own characters. (Disney finally won him back a couple of years ago and issued an Oswald compilation DVD which is quite good.) It’s called All Wet:


    There’s tons of cool cartoons on YouTube from that era… check out Balloon Land:


    or Bottles:


  7. _OM_ says:

    …Two points:

    1) Wasn’t Steamboat Willie Mickey’s first talking role?

    2) this obviously was created before Greyscale Tables were researched and adopted, whereas certain shades of grey corresponded to certain shades of color. This is clearly evidenced in the fact that even if it’s Grey Poupon, the mustard was so dark that it would have been more believable as ketchup.

  8. Anonymous says:

    i know mickey rocks, but did i also see the first instance of devil’s horns in this cartoon? predating ronnie james dio by several decades? check out the shimmy dancer barker around 1:45.

  9. Eskimo says:

    These early Mickey cartoons are the best; he could fight giants or go to an island full of cannibals or hop “through the mirror”. He had so much personality and charm in those days – I understand why they made him much more bland (or yes, boring), but it’s a darn shame.

    • David Pescovitz says:

      I agree! We have a lot of fun just going through the YouTube archives watching (and rewatching) them.

  10. VibroCount says:

    This would be the last Mickey Mouse that Ub Iwerks would direct. After “The Karnival Kid” only “The Skeleton Dance” (of Iwerks) would be released by Disney before Iwerks would leave Disney to form his own studio. The next Mickey Mouse, “Mickey’s Follies,” would be directed by Wilfred Jackson.

  11. rrh says:

    Odd bit of synchronicity, just yesterday I was watching this cartoon where Bosko was selling hotdogs.


    Its notoriety comes more from being the one where the ending got crudely replaced when they were colorizing it years later.

  12. pentomino says:

    This was much better than I expected it to be. At some point, it evoked the slow, smooth, deliberate physics of a Mario style platformer. I think he scored a 1UP on 2:17. Mickey’s talents are truly wasted in JRPG’s.

    What was the line at 1:50?

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