For May 15th… On This Day in Disney History!
On May 15th… on this day in 1928, Plane Crazy, Walt Disney’s first silent short to feature Mickey & Minnie Mouse, premieres as a sneak preview at a theatre on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. The film, a parody of the Charles Lindbergh craze, has cost $1,772 to make. Plane Crazy also features the very first appearance of Clarabelle Cow. It is co-directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. Iwerks is also given credit as the main animator, although he is assisted by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising. This is the last Disney project Harman and Ising worked on as they have jumped to a new studio formed by Charles Mintz. Sound will later be added to Plane Crazy and officially released in March 1929, 4 months after Steamboat Willie.