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Steamboat Willie, Original Production Drawing: Mickey Mouse

By: Walt Disney Studio Art


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MEDIUM: ​Original Production Drawing
IMAGE SIZE: 12 Field
PRODUCTION: Steamboat Willie
YEAR: 1928
FRAMING: Framing Included in Price
SKU: CCV2893


"Steamboat Willie" holds immense significance as it marks the debut of Mickey Mouse, one of the most iconic and enduring characters in animation history. This pioneering animated short film, created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, introduced synchronized sound in cartoons, revolutionizing the industry and paving the way for the future of animated storytelling. "Steamboat Willie" not only laid the foundation for Disney's unprecedented success but also played a pivotal role in shaping the cultural impact of animation, leaving an indelible mark on the world of entertainment.

The importance of the drawings in "Steamboat Willie" lies in their role as pioneering examples of character animation and storytelling in the early days of cinema. The character designs, particularly that of Mickey Mouse, showcased the skill and creativity of Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. The simplicity and expressiveness of Mickey's design made him instantly relatable and endearing to audiences, setting a standard for character animation that would influence generations to come.

ABOUT THE MEDIUM:  Original Production Drawings are one-of-a-kind pieces of art that were used in the creation of an animated film or television show. Each has been hand-drawn by a studio artist.