YMMV / Steamboat Willie

  • Common Knowledge:
    • As noted on the main page, this was not the first appearance of Mickey (or Pete, for that matter). It is also a very common mistake in animation history that this short was the first sound cartoon, when those existed as early as 1924 (and Paul Terry had taken a shot at the sound cartoon called Dinnertime just a month before Willie was released).
    • Pertaining to the plotline, Mickey isn't actually the Steamboat's helmsman. During the iconic opener, the ship's rudder is locked and Mickey is actually goofing off by being up at the wheel in the first place. His real job is to swab the deck.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Animal abuse shouldn't be this funny.
  • Ear Worm: Mickey's whistle at the beginning.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Willie is the name of the Steamboat, but some people think that it's Mickey's name, via Early Installment Weirdness.
  • Newer Than They Think: Though not by much. Few realize that Plane Crazy was made first.
  • Older Than They Think: As attested on the main page and above, Steamboat Willie was not even close to being the first sound cartoon, which Max Fleischer had been doing as early as 1924 with his Song-Cartunes series, and Paul Terry had created his own sound film, "Dinnertime", just a month before Willie was released.
  • Signature Scene: The first shot of Mickey piloting the boat is one of the most iconic pieces of animation in the history of animation. Disney even incorporates it into their opening logos of their newest animated features.
  • Tough Act to Follow: An often forgotten tidbit is that this short originally preceded a film called Gang War. Now, animated shorts preceding movies was nothing new back then, in fact it was very common practice, but this short just so happened to be such a groundbreaking achievement that it largely overshadowed the film that followed it. In fact, Gang War ended up going forgotten enough that it now counts as a lost film (as in, no surviving copies of it are known to exist), where Steamboat Willie continues to reign as perhaps the second biggest turning point in Disney's history (behind Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs).
  • "Weird Al" Effect:
    • The title is supposed to be a parody of the Buster Keaton film Steamboat Bill, Jr..
    • Not only that, but the BGM at the beginning of the cartoon was "Steamboat Bill", the song that the film was named after. The tune that Mickey was whistling was actually the chorus to the song.