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January 4, 1952 – The Goofy Short Film Father’s Lion is Released to Theaters

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“Here is the home of Mr. G. G. Geef, daring adventurer, famous explorer, great athlete, pioneer woodsman, Indian fighter, trapper, and soldier of fortune!…in the eyes of his son, that is.”

On January 4, 1952, the Goofy short film Father’s Lion was released to theaters. This is one of Goofy’s “everyday man” shorts, where he is playing character George Geef. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Dick Kinney and Milt Schaffer.

The sun rises over the quiet suburban house of George Geef and his family, with George taking his kid on a camping trip. Junior is really excited to hear the tall tales George tells, believing them to be reality. When their back tire goes flat, George decides to park the car and climb the trail to the campsite. A mountain lion is trying to rest in the woods, but is disturbed by the gunshots from George’s shotgun as George is shooting at some empty cans. Junior notices a mountain lion in the nearby tree, and George grabs the lion by the tail and beats him up, unaware that he has actually attacked a real mountain lion. The lion is angered by George’s attack and tries to bite George, although Junior saves his father with his pop gun. The lion continues to try and attack George, but is unwittingly beaten by smoke and flapjacks. As they go to sleep, the lion sees this as his chance, but is interrupted by Junior’s requests. Having had enough, the lion attacks the group, and narrowly misses getting shot by George’s shotgun. The lion chases George around the campsite, but once again is thwarted by Junior’s popgun. George decides to get out of dodge, although he starts telling another tall tale as they head back to suburbia.

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