Disney Cast Premium Steamboat Willie Badge Lanyard is two black approx 20″ cords with an bead stopper at neck to shorten if needed. The monochrome 2″enameled Steamboat Willie has a clip at base to hold ID badge. Steamboat Willie badges were made as Cast Exclusive and used as a Premium for Disney clients and Press Packages. Badge lanyards were purchased by Art Of Toys owner when she worked for Disney as client gifts (one of her favorite careers was representing WDAC).
Steamboat Willie is a 1928 American animated short films directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. It was produced in black-and-white by Walt Disney Studios and was released by Celebrity Productions. The cartoon is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie, despite both the characters appearing 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.
The film is also notable for being the first cartoon with synchronized sound. It was the first cartoon to feature a fully post-produced soundtrack which distinguished it from earlier sound cartoons such as Inkwell Studios’ Song Car-Tunes (1924–1927) and Van Beurens Studios Dinner Time. (1928). Also distinguishing Steamboat Willie from earlier sound cartoons was the level of popularity. Wiki