DISNEY LIMITED EDITION: STEAMBOAT WILLIE
ABOUT THE IMAGE: A black and white vintage of Mickey Mouse as Steamboat Willie at the helm of his boat.
ABOUT THE MEDIUM: Limited edition prints are reproductions of an original piece of art work. The giclée prints on canvas are museum quality prints that last the upwards of 100 years. Giclée printing is a process that uses fade-resistant, archival inks and archival substrates to print on large format printers. The run of prints are capped at a specific number. Limited edition prints can be more valuable to art collectors than prints without a restricted number of copies because of the rarity of the prints. Each piece is hand-numbered and embellished by the artist. Each piece also includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Ryan ‘ARCY’ Christenson is known for his paint-splashed style of large-scale street art and has been defining his skills for over a decade. In 2015, ARCY announced his inaugural North American live event mural tour, where he took his skills on the road, spray painting 8’ x 12’ live event walls in front of thousands of onlookers in many of the largest cities across the nation. Since then, ARCY has created hundreds of live murals and permanent large scale works throughout North America, Australia, and Europe. ARCY has worked for the likes of The Smithsonian Institute, Major League Baseball, and America’s National Parks Service.
During ARCY's early touring, he visited the Walt Disney Hometown Museum and developed what would blossom into an amazing relationship over the years. Now, Marceline, Missouri is his home away from home, and he stops in each time he passes though Main Street USA.
ABOUT THE FILM: Steamboat Willie is a 1928 American animated short film directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. It was produced in black-and-white by Walt Disney Studios. The cartoon is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie, although both characters appeared several months earlier in a test screening of Plane Crazy. Steamboat Willie was the third of Mickey's films to be produced, but was the first to be distributed because Walt Disney, having seen The Jazz Singer, had committed himself to producing one of the first fully synchronized sound cartoons.
Steamboat Willie is especially notable for being the first Disney cartoon with synchronized sound, as well as the first cartoon to feature a fully post-produced soundtrack. Disney understood from early on that synchronized sound was the future of film. Steamboat Willie became the most popular cartoon of its day.