From memorable feature-length film scores, like those of Snow White and Beauty and the Beast, to music-oriented shorts, like Silly Symphonies and the CinemaScope "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom," Disney's music has been integral to its success. We'll talk with film music historian Ross Care about Disney's musical past, present, and future.
Steamboat Willie, from 1928, was the first theatrically-released Disney cartoon to feature synchronized sound. The cartoon also introduced Mickey and Minnie Mouse to the general public. In the beginning of the cartoon, Mickey whistles a tune adapted from the Irish folk song "Steamboat Bill."