On Nov. 18, 1928, the first animated feature to use synchronized music and sound effects premiered in New York City. The film, “Steamboat Willie,” was a sensation the moment it hit the big screen, mostly because of one new character — Mickey Mouse.
Walt Disney himself did Mickey’s voice in that first film. Since, Mickey Mouse has been seen countless times in cartoons, films and theme parks. Disney’s iconic, floppy-eared character is still alive and well 80 years after “Steamboat Willie.”