The hat that Keaton quickly removes from his head and hands back to the clerk with a frown is Keaton's own trademark porkpie hat. They call him Willie. The disc's second feature, Steamboat Bill, The goat then starts on the fiddle and Mickey attempts to yank it out of his mouth. Disney Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. races through the town, toppling buildings like matchsticks. This article is about the short. It contains his most famous stunt and Walt Disney likely used it as inspiration for his first Mickey Mouse cartoon Steamboat Willie, 1928.. William … Mickey struggles but can't pull it out and falls on the ground launching the fiddle into the goat's body which proceeds to bounce around causing music notes to sound. Keaton must have taken greatly to it, since it would afford him another chance to recreate in great detail a time and place which teems with comic possibilities. Reacting to the winds, the dummy lurches in a life-like manner, startling Buster. He was under contract to Warner Bros. in 1927, so he was loaned out by that studio to work on Steamboat Bill, Jr. The effect on our little audience was nothing less than electric. by John Miller, Trivia and Other Fun Stuff on STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. There near the California capitol, a full three blocks of city sets were built for the mythical town of River Junction, Mississippi. Chief Creative Officer: Jennifer Lee Walt Disney, who would become the best-known producer in animation history, had very humble beginnings. great film, The Cameraman (1928), but many consider the films That distinction belongs to the Walt Disney cartoon Steamboat Willie, which was the 2nd Mickey Mouse cartoon produced (after 1927's Plane Crazy) and the first Disney cartoon to have a fully synchronized soundtrack. Steamboat Bill Canfield is a gruff, burly Mississippi riverboat pilot. This first synchronized sound cartoon is actually a parody, loosely based on Steamboat Bill, Jr., a silent movie starring Buster Keaton that was released that same year. Steamboat Willie Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: Limited Gold Editions, Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension, https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Steamboat_Willie?oldid=4331330. his talent for stunts and visual gags was no longer valued by an industry infatuated with the new sound pictures and Keaton increasingly turned to alcohol for solace, creating further problems for himself. Sign Up now to stay up to date with all of the latest news from TCM. Keaton So far, Steamboat Bill, Jr is my favorite Buster Keaton film. Walt Disney Studio can't quite please his father, and his luck in love is not much All Rights Reserved. Steamboat Willie is a 1928 American animated short film directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks.It was produced in black-and-white by Walt Disney Studios and was released by Celebrity Productions. Stage (1919) and One Week (1920) with smaller buildings, Steamboat Bill himself bore many resemblances to Keaton's own father, Joe (who shows up in the film in a bit part as a barber). By John M. Miller, The Big Idea Behind STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. Steamboat Willie premiered late in the year, on November 18th. So far, Steamboat Bill, Jr is my favorite Buster Keaton film. The gag appeared in two other Keaton films, Back Also visiting River Junction is college classmate Mary King mugging and playing his ukulele for a small child, Bill, Sr. recoils The film's original release date, November 18, 1928, was later declared as Mickey's official birthday in the early 1970s. Directed by Charles Reisner Written by Carl Harbaugh Starring Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Marion Byron Theatrical Release date May 14, 2019 Run time 79 min Trailers & Clips. Many thought the parrot was speaking gibberish like Mickey, Minnie, and Pete, but thanks to research, and listening really closely due to the quality of the audio, he actually says to Mickey, both times, "Hope ya don't feel hurt, big boy! Unbeknownst to Mickey, an angry Captain Peg Leg Pete appears behind him and grabs Mickey's torso, stretching it in the process and switches places with him behind the wheel. college educated son. Try as he might, Bill, Jr. Story: Carl Harbaugh It is by conscious design, not accident, that images from Keaton's films are so iconic. Wilfred JacksonBert Lewis Steamboat Bill, Jr . The movie was originally meant to incorporate a large flood as the disaster that hits the town. A simple viewing of the two films does not bear this out, since Mickey's antics revolve largely around playing various farm animals as musical instruments! blissful father and son reunion instead reveals a hilarious A couple of boys could read music and one of them, Wilfred Jackson, could play a mouth organ. Another justly famous scene in the film occurs when Willie is hauled by his father into a clothing store to replace the foppish apparel that Willie shows up wearing. It was produced in black-and-white by Walt Disney Studios and was released by Celebrity Productions. Steamboat Willie was released in 1928 and is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse. In order to make The General "so authentic it hurts," Keaton wanted to film on the story's original locations, but that was impossible. Though "Steamboat Willie" was the first cartoon in Mickey's lineup to be released, two cartoons "Plane Crazy" and "The Gallopin' Gaucho" were produced before but released after this cartoon. To order The General/Steamboat Bill, Jr., go to Finally, the sight of Buster being whisked through the air by the cyclone must have been a sly wink in itself: Buster's father often related a tall tale involving baby Buster being carried off by a tornado while still in diapers and being safely deposited on a street blocks away. Walt Disney understood that synchronized sound films were the future which is why he was so committed to this idea. It is characteristic of Keaton's other great silent features The General (1927) and Our Hospitality (1923) in that it is rich in period detail and energized by some of Keaton's most inventive gags, including the most elaborate climax he devised for any of his films. Help! Originally written by the Leighton Brothers in 1910, “Steamboat Bill” gained immense popularity in the 1910s and 1920s to the point that the movie Steamboat Bill Jr. was named after the tune. Steamboat Willie is the subject of a comic story titled "Mickey Mouse and the River of Time", in which the sunken ruins of the ship turn up in a river and Mickey and Pete work to salvage the craft. Production Supervisor: Harry Brand He had proven himself athletically in his previous film, College (1927), had overcome forces of nature in Our Hospitality and Seven Chances (1925) and had ultimately proven the mastery of his surroundings in any number of films. Mickey tumbles down the stairs, slips on a bar of soap, and lands in a bucket of water. Iconic Outfit: The famous porkpie hat is used for a gag. regimented structure of the Hollywood studio system. better. Anticipating that he will have a husky partner in his struggle with King, Bill and his mate are dismayed to find that Willie is a shrimp who wears college clothes, plays a ukelele, and sports a mustache. Followed by STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Roger Levanduski, a 15-year veteran of the hospitality/financial industry, has been named vice president of finance for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. the son he hasn't seen since he was a child. The son of a steamboat captain, Buster falls in love with the daughter of a rival steamboat owner. pin. Try as he might, Bill, Jr. What follows is a lively rendition of the song where Mickey uses a barrel and garbage can as drums, bangs on pots and pans, strokes a washboard, pulls on a cat's tail to make it sing and swings it around his head, uses a duck as a makeshift bagpipe, pulls on little piglets tails to make squeaks, and finally uses the cow's teeth as a makeshift xylophone. or nature (cyclone, raging river, rock slide, etc.) Synopsis. In fact, the name was used as a title for a popular song in 1910, which was itself a re-write of Slim Webb's popular tune about the railroad engineer archetype, "Casey Jones." 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Also visiting River Junction is college classmate Mary King In that film, the good-hearted Willie, similar to Mickey Mouse’s role, is the son of the rough-and-tumble Steamboat Bill, … most fruitful collaborations in the annals of silent comedy. Steamboat Bill, Jr. works as a virtual tour of Keaton themes and motifs. He says, "the producer appears to rely chiefly on water and smashing scenery to create fun. It was one of his last great silent masterpieces. Prior to working with Keaton, Reisner had worked on several films with the cinema's other great silent comic, Charles Chaplin. You may be bored at the long intervals during which the blank-faced hero slides across the Mississippi delta on one ear, but just wait for the scene in the haberdashery where Torrence, as the hard-boiled old river pilot, buys his collegiate son a hat. captains are soon bickering incessantly and the young couple's love The coming of sound also had a negative impact on Keaton's career; more modern and luxurious rival riverboat "The King." The title is a parody of the Buster Keaton film. For the riverboat, see Steamboat Willie Riverboat. It contains his most famous stunt and Walt Disney likely used it as inspiration for his first Mickey Mouse cartoon Steamboat Willie, 1928. Director: Charles Reisner He became president of UA in 1926 and naturally moved the distribution of Buster's features to the beleaguered company. Directed by Charles Reisner Written by Carl Harbaugh Starring Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Marion Byron Theatrical Release date May 14, 2019 Run time 79 min Trailers & Clips. The comedian remarked later in his career, "I was mad at the time, or I would never have done the thing." "Steamboat Bill" notably inspired two major works of American film with long-lasting influence: the 1928 Buster Keaton film Steamboat Bill, Jr. and " Steamboat Willie ", the first Mickey Mouse cartoon.