Thursday, May 21, 2009
Steamboat Willie (Uncut Version)
The synchronized sound track (added after the animation,) of "Steamboat Willie" made Mickey Mouse a star.
You've probably seen it before, but have you seen all it? The version usually shown is a half minute shorter than the original. Gags involving udders and some animal abuse were removed, probably to comply with the family friendly image Disney acquired.
Even the censored version has Mickey Mouse doing mean things like swinging a cat by his tail and letting it fly into the wall. Later a parrot laughs at him ("Hope ya don't feel hurt big boy! Ha ha ha ha ha!"*) so what does Micky do? He knocks it overboard with a potato. Listen carefully and you can hear the parrot drowning as Micky repeats the "ha ha ha ha ha!" laugh.
Who Mickey was such a bastard?
*That's Walt Disney himself doing the parrot's voice. Mickey's too.