Chewin’ tobacco in Steamboat Willie

Went to Disneyland last week and for some reason it jarred this memory for me.

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The first ever Mickey Mouse cartoon — Steamboat Willie — had a funny scene in it in which the captain of the steamboat takes a massive chaw of chewing tobacco and starts spitting chew all over the place. It’s actually pretty gross.

How times have changed. This is from 1928, a kids’ cartoon showing someone chewing and spitting tobacco. (Of course, the same cartoon basically shows Mickey torturing small animals to make music.). I wonder if they still show this scene at Disneyland (there’s a theatre that shows Steamboat Willie). If I had had more time, I would have gone and checked it out.

 

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One Response to Chewin’ tobacco in Steamboat Willie

  1. Caller no. 8 says:

    It’s definitely freaky what kids see.

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