The success of "Steamboat Willie" told Disney that the future of cartoons involved sound, and so Disney launched the "Silly Symphonies," the first of which was "Skeleton Dance."
The idea for this one was by musical director Carl Stalling, who would go on to have a long career directing the music for cartoons!
Of course, Mickey Mouse was still Disney's big star, as can be seen in two of his early cartoons, "Mickey's Follies" and "The Jazz Fool," which you can watch below:
But Mickey's role on screen was due for a change!
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