Steamboat Willie is an animated cartoon released on November 18, 1928. It was the first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon (Mickey had appeared in two earlier cartoons, Plane Crazy and The Gallopin' Gaucho). It was also the first cartoon in history to feature synchronized sound.
The film's original release date, November 18, 1928, was later declared as Mickey official birthday in the early 1970s.
- In Stayin' Cool, the Steamboat Willie song was instrumentally heard in the background.
- In Mickey Monkey, the Monkey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy make a reference to the song.
- The iconic scene where Mickey is whistling while driving the Steamboat was used in the Walt Disney Animation Studios logo. It starts out as a blank piece of paper as lines are drawn onto it, revealing the scene from a basic sketch to the final product.