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March 28, 1953 – The Goofy Short Film Father’s Day Off is Released to Theaters


“Can I handle everything? Ha! What’s a little housework?”

On March 28, 1953, the Goofy short film Father’s Day Off was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Brice Mack and Dick Kinney.

It’s another day in suburbia, and Goofy stands with his son, George, at the door of their house while his wife is preparing to head off in the car for the day. She asks if he’ll be able to handle everything while she’s away, and he scoffs at her question, thinking housework is easy. She leaves, although not without causing major damage on the way out. He starts with giving George breakfast, but spills George’s milk and gives him a rather strange haircut around the rim of his baseball cap. The doorbell buzzes, sounding the arrival of the milkman, who gives Goofy a kiss as he delivers the milk (not noticing that it is not Goofy’s wife), leaving Goofy stunned, although he brushes it off a being friendly. He then shoves the milk in the already overstuffed fridge, which causes the food to bulge out everywhere.

Goofy proclaims housework to be easy, but he only thinks so because he takes shortcuts and does a subpar job

Goofy proclaims housework to be easy, but he only thinks so because he takes shortcuts and does a subpar job

George is then sent off to school, but George informs his father that it’s Saturday. Goofy then laughs this off, and says that George will be a lot of help to him around the house. His first efforts at housecleaning are rather terrible at best, but he thinks it’s simple. He catches George drawing on the wall, but when he goes to clean it, he wipes off the paint from the wall, leaving the drawing unscathed, and decides to fix it by placing the radio in front of the scribble. The radio switches on, and Goofy gets caught up in listening to a melodrama. As he cries at the storyline, the doorbell buzzes again, this time with the grocery delivery man, who also gives Goofy a kiss (also not noticing that it is not Goofy’s wife). As groceries are thrust into a flustered Goofy’s arms, George runs through the house, and a baseball is tossed to him, breaking the window in the process. He then breaks the other half of the window throwing it back to his friends. The family dog then traipses through the living room, covered in mud.

The laundry is sent flying through the air thanks to another mishap, and Goofy decides to run it through the washing machine. He suddenly notices that his son was in the washer, and quickly retrieves him. The family dog, brought back inside, starts tearing up one of the pillows. When Goofy tries to find the vacuum cleaner in an overstuffed closet, he just creates a larger mess, and George ends up stuck in the vacuum bag. Goofy sends George to take a bath, and floods the house. As he goes to lecture his son, the cleaning man arrives at the door, preparing to give Goofy’s wife a kiss, when he is doused in the bath water, which shrinks the delivered dress. Goofy becomes more and more overwhelmed with everything he needs to do, and accidentally leaves the phone off the hook. The melodrama on the radio takes a violent turn, and the operator, thinking that she’s hearing a real murder, calls the police in a panic.

The iron Goofy left on falls through the ceiling, landing square on his head

The iron Goofy left on falls through the ceiling, landing square on his head

Goofy’s wife arrives home, and Goofy quickly tries to act like nothing happened. The fire department then arrives and starts tearing up the house, along with the police, who demand to know where the body is. The iron that Goofy had left on burns a hole through the ceiling and knocks Goofy out, while the press is there to take pictures.

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