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Steamboat Willie

Walt Disney's first successful cartoon character was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, but he did not own the rights to the name and he lost the contract in 1927. He realised he needed a character of his own and came up with Mickey Mouse, based upon a mouse he had adopted as a pet while working in a Kansas City studio. The first, silent, cartoons were not successful, but with the first sound cartoon, Steamboat Willie, Mickey Mouse became famous.

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