Walt Disney Treasures - The Complete Goofy
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With a gentle, childlike innocence, Goofy has delighted audiences for 70 years. For the first time ever, celebrate Walt Disney's lumbering, lovable, and eternally loyal everyman in this retrospective of his classic animated shorts and enjoy the heyday of one of the most popular characters in cartoon history. Unlike the rest of Disney's "mouse pack," Goofy didn't become a major movie star overnight. This compilation of shorts begins with the Goof's first starring role. The volume also includes animator Art Babbitt's original descriptive reference of all things Goofy, the original voice behind the Goof, Pinto Colvig, and an exclusive interview with the current voice of Goofy, Bill Farmer. You'll also have the opportunity to see theatrical posters and other memorabilia, a selection of story drawings, and background paintings. After all, it's the Goofy thing to do. Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin, this is a timeless collection from generations past for generations to come.
In Stand By Me (1986), one of the boys asks, "If Mickey is a mouse and Donald is a duck, what's Goofy?" The answer: he's a dog. Originally named Dippy Dawg, the Goof, as the animators called him, made his debut as an obnoxious hayseed in "Mickey's Revue" (1932). This generous collection includes 46 of the 48 shorts that starred Goofy between 1939 and 1961 (but none of the great Mickey-Donald-Goofy films from the mid-'30s). The "How to Ride a Horse" sequence in The Reluctant Dragon (1941) set the pattern for many of these cartoons. An elegant narrator (artist John Ployardt) explains a sport that Goofy attempts to demonstrate. The character that animator Art Babbitt described in a 1935 lecture (quoted in the DVD bonus material) as an easygoing dimbulb gave way to an enthusiastic but spectacularly maladroit figure. One of the funniest entries in the series, "Hockey Homicide," contains several studio in-jokes: dueling stars Icebox Bertino and Fearless Ferguson, and referee Clean-Game Kinney are named for artists Al Bertino, Norm Ferguson, and director Jack Kinney.
During the '50s, Goofy was transformed into a genial suburban Everyman in such domestic sitcoms as "Fathers Are People," "Two Weeks Vacation," and "Father's Day Off." The animators reduced his floppy ears and buck teeth, improved his posture, and gave him a brisker walk. The best-known short from this period is "Motor Mania" (1950), a mildly didactic spoof of American behavior on the road that was shown in driver's education classes for decades. (Unrated: Suitable for all ages: cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon
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How To Ride A Horse (1941) - from the Reluctant Dragon - also on Walt Disney Treasures Behind The Scenes At Walt Disney Studio set. There's some talking over the title cards. See below for a release without talking over title cards.
El Gaucho Goofy (1943) - from Saludos Amigos (on DVD but Goofy's cigarette edited) - available unedited on laserdisc 'The Three Caballeros/Saludos Amigos Exclusive Archive Collection' and 'Walt and El Grupo DVD'.
Freewayphobia (1965) - available only from Disney Educational Productions - Driver Safety DVD unavailable retail
Goofy's Freeway Trouble (1965) - available from Disney Educational Productions - Driver Safety DVD
Sport Goofy In Soccermania (1987) - "Extreme Sports Fun" DVD - is not on the US Version of this DVD - only on imported PAL DVD Versions, the UK, Sweden, etc. Extreme Sports Fun also includes How To Ride A Horse without talking over the title cards.
and for good measure
How To Hook Up Your Home Theater (2007) - Thanks to the reviewer below who pointed out this set came out in 2002. It's on the 'Have A Laugh Vol 1 DVD' but if you'd rather not pay 15 dollars for 1 short not on other treasure sets it's on iTunes for 2.99.
While it's true that the intro's by Leonard Maltin can be somewhat annoying, he is easily bypassed with a click of the button, and I enjoy having the option of hearing him sometimes bring more scope and background to what went on behind the scenes. A play-all feature would have been nice as well, but this is easily overlooked by a true Goofy fan like myself. I gave this one five stars.
Also, I agree with the reviewer who said there needs to be a Play All option. My son loves Goofy and it's frustrating to him to have to keep going back to the menu.
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