Return to Mickey Mouse (person)

[Mickey Mouse] did not first appear in [Steamboat Willie], [contrary] to popular belief. Steamboat Willie was actually the third [animation] Mickey appeared in.

Using [Oswald the Lucky Rabbit] as a starting point, Walt created Mickey Mouse, basing it on Oswald's character design and a real [mouse] that used to share Walt's tiny [studio] shack when he was starting out in Kansas City. Mickey was originally named Mortimer. The Disney studio produced the first short of Mickey called Plane Crazy, which coincided with [Charles Lindburgh]'s crossing of the [Atlantic] in an aeroplane. [Ub Iwerks], the [uber][legendary] [animator] who teamed with [Walt Disney], was known as the fastest animator on the [planet]. He proved his worthiness of that title by producing 700 drawings for the film in one day, averaging an astounding one drawing per minute. Mickey's second film was called Gallopin' Gaucho. Walt headed out to [New York City] to find a [distributor] for these two animations with his new star character.

After the release of The [Jazz Singer], the first talking [movie], Walt Disney decided to bring sound to the animation genre. While he was in New York, he stopped production on Mickey's third film, Steamboat Willie, to have the studio do something unheard of - he wanted them add [sound] to the animation.

When he returned to the studios, they began [brainstorming] ideas. Wilfred Jackson, one of the Disney animators, suggested that [rhythm] and [sound effects] could be matched to the animation frames. Since there were 24 frames per second, music could be added and the animation matched to it using multiples of 8. They released Steamboat Willie to an amazed [nation], and received [standing ovation]s, [rave reviews] in the [New York Times], and a good chunk of capital that was used to create the Disney empire.

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