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Made in Unreal Engine 5 by Fewture Studios, the first trailer for The Return of Steamboat Willie opens in a joyful manner but then takes a turn when the camera sinks below the river and introduces audiences to a ghastly-looking vessel.
The trailer continues to explore the haunted ship only to find an old Steamboat Willie cartoon playing on an eery television, at which point a monstrous version of Mickey is then seen charging toward the camera.
Watch the trailer for The Return of Steamboat Willie, shared on IGN’s YouTube page, below (watch more trailers):
What is The Return of Steamboat Willie about?
“After 95 years of being locked away, Willie is free and he wants his Steamboat back,” the synopsis reads.
The Return of Steamboat Willie is directed by Kai Henry, TxREK, and Joe Smith, with the script having been written by Smith. Yonatan Hagos, Kelvin Craver, and Darron Ross serve as producers, while the VFX comes from TxREK and Henry Gonzalez. The music comes from Omar Habbak, while Zac Brunson serves as the sound designer.
A number of horror-related projects featuring Mickey Mouse have been announced ever since the Steamboat Willie version of the character officially entered the public domain on January 1, 2024. One of the first projects that was announced was Mickey’s Mouse Trap, which is aiming for a March 2024 release date. Following that, the creators of the Grinch horror film The Mean One announced they were also doing a horror take on the classic cartoon.
Additionally, Nightmare Forge Games is making a co-op horror game called Infestation 88 based on Steamboat Willie, while a 9-minute short horror film titled The Vanishing of S.S. Willie has already been released.
The Return of Steamboat Willie does not yet have a release date.