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45 must-see animated films to add to your watch list

INSIDER Logo By insider@insider.com (Gabbi Shaw) of INSIDER | Slide 2 of 46: "Steamboat Willie" was the first animated movie to do many things that are now, of course, considered staples. It was Mickey Mouse's debut, leading to a billion-dollar empire based on everyone's favorite mouse. It was also the first animated movie to have synchronized sound — silent animated shorts were suddenly obsolete.Yes, it's only seven minutes long, but it completely changed the movie industry forever, and for that it's earned a spot on this list.Watch "Steamboat Willie" here.

"Steamboat Willie" started it all back in 1928. It's a must-see for any animation fan, if not just to see how far the medium has come in less than 100 years.

"Steamboat Willie" was the first animated movie to do many things that are now, of course, considered staples. It was Mickey Mouse's debut, leading to a billion-dollar empire based on everyone's favorite mouse. It was also the first animated movie to have synchronized sound — silent animated shorts were suddenly obsolete.

Yes, it's only seven minutes long, but it completely changed the movie industry forever, and for that it's earned a spot on this list.

Watch "Steamboat Willie" here.

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