ROCKY START

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Mickey wasn’t an in­stant hit. In fact his de­but car­toon shorts in 1928, Plane Crazy and The Gal­lopin’ Gau­cho, flopped. But months later Walt’s fledg­ling stu­dio re­leased Steam­boat Wil­lie, in which Mickey steers a boat down a river and en­ter­tains Min­nie Mouse by us­ing an­i­mals on board as mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

It was the first an­i­ma­tion to fea­ture syn­chro­nised mu­sic and sound ef­fects and it was a run­away suc­cess.

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