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Legacy Review

Steamboat Willie (1928)

It’s amazing to me that such an early example of sync-sound cartoon did it so well. The character animation is so energetic, curves bending and colliding and creating larger-than-life entities at cartoonish proportions. And all of that visual energy perfectly matches the sounds so that there’s never any doubt in the viewer’s mind that the action we’re seeing triggers the exact sound we’re hearing.

Yes, it’s primitive and flat, but so boisterous and chaotic and funny — animals harassed into a symphonic instruments — that your brain forgets that there’s no color and the sound is so tinny. It’s just a giddy hoot.

Is It Good?

Very Good (6/8)

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