D23 Expo: ‘Steamboat Willie Redux’ Animated Short Advance Screening

Steamboat Willie ReduxOnly one of three Disney characters to have a recognized birthday (co-star Minnie being another), Mickey Mouse entered the world of pop culture phenomena on November 18, 1928 — the day Steamboat Willie premiered at New York’s Colony Theatre.

This year will mark Mickey’s 85th birthday and Disney Consumer Products has decided to celebrate in a big way: by remaking the short that made Mickey. Titled Steamboat Willie Redux, it’s already been teased in DCP’s D23 Expo plans: ‘Celebrate the history and timelessness of the most cherished Disney character through this graphically re-interpreted mash-up of the pioneering 1928 cartoon short, Steamboat Willie.’

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Mondo to Release Limited Edition ‘Steamboat Willie’ Poster by Tom Whalen, February 25

'Steamboat Willie' by Tom WhalenEarlier today, Mondo, the collectible art boutique arm of the Alamo Drafthouse cinema-eatery, unveiled this gorgeous poster by artist Tom Whalen celebrating the 1928 debut of Mickey Mouse, Steamboat Willie. Mickey Mouse is prominently featured as Steamboat Willie himself and flanked by Steamboat Minnie and Steamboat Pete.

The 18″x24″ poster features metallic inks and will be limited to an edition size of just 200 pieces. It will go on sale on Friday, February 25, 2011 at an unspecified time and retail for $40. Those interested in purchasing the poster are advised to follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the sale announcement.

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