In early 1928, Walt Disney was failing in his attempts to secure distribution for a series of animations that would star his newest creation, Mickey Mouse. When the Warner Brothers live action film ‘The Jazz Singer’ ushered in a new era of sound films, Walt decided to move ahead with the Mickey Mouse animations utilizing a synchronized soundtrack. The problem however was that because this was something that had never been done before, Walt had no idea exactly how to implement that vision. On this episode of The Uncle Walt Podcast we discuss exactly how the Walt Disney Studio forged a new and unique way of creating a soundtrack to an animated film, and the trials and tests they would employ to accomplish their goal.
A still frame of animation from ‘Steamboat Willie’ - 1928