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June 19

June 19, 1992 – The World According to Goofy Parade Kicks Off in Disneyland

“From the pyramids to politics, Goofy brought the hyucks to history.”

On June 19, 1992, the celebration parade The World According to Goofy kicked off in Disneyland. Celebrating the character’s 60th birthday, the parade takes important events in history and gives them a “Goofy” twist, including Cleopatra’s Egypt and the 4th of July. The parade ended its run on November 15, 1992.

May 14

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May 14, 2002 – The English Version of Kingdom Hearts is Announced

Kingdom Hearts is an epic tale of adventure, heroism and, ultimately, the sacrifice of what is held dearest for the greater good.”

On May 14, 2002, the English version of the popular Japanese game Kingdom Hearts was announced through public release. Created through a partnership with Square Co., Ltd., and Disney Interactive, the 3D role playing game introduces players to the character Sora who, alongside Donald and Goody, set off on a mission to find their friends and protect the Disney Castle; this was also the first game where multiple Disney characters and their worlds co-existed in one platform. The English cast of the game included Haley Joel Osment as Sora, David Gallagher as Riku, and Hayden Panettiere as Kairi.

January 5

January 5, 1951 – The Goofy Short Film Lion Down is Released to Theaters

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“Oh, the world owes me a living.”

On January 5, 1951, the Goofy short film Lion Down premiered in theaters. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Milt Schaffer and Dick Kinney.

It’s a beautiful day, and Goofy is attempting to put his hammock, when he realizes he doesn’t have another tree with which to hook it up. As he lives on the roof of a tall apartment building, he sets out in his car to the nearby woods, where he decides to uproot a tree and take it home. He is unaware that there was a mountain lion asleep in that tree, and the mountain lion is given a rude awakening before he decides to follow Goofy home. Goofy quickly plants the tree and sets up his hammock, eager to take a nap. The doorbell rings, and as Goofy goes to answer the door, the mountain lion sneaks in and settles back into his tree. When the mountain lion spies the hammock, however, he decides he would rather sleep there, and decides to throw Goofy off the roof to claim the hammock. Goofy, however, quickly returns, pulling the same trick with the doorbell that the mountain lion played on him. The war between the two of them for the hammock quickly escalates, though at one point the mountain lion almost sabotages himself as the pair hang from one of the hammock ropes. The rope lets loose and the pair plummet to the ground, with the hammock acting as a parachute. The pair continue to fight in midair, until the doorbell rings, and Goofy heads up the fire escape to answer. The mountain lion hands Goofy back the hammock, but takes back his tree, leaving behind an acorn, which Goofy plants in anticipation of another tree with which to finally hang his hammock.

November 6

November 6, 1937 – Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy Appear in Collier’s Magazine

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“Why Your Car is Safe”

On November 6, 1937, the three Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy appeared on the front cover of Collier’s Magazine. Collier’s was known as a magazine for social reform, and the article featuring the Disney characters was no different; Mickey, Donald, and Goofy were the illustration for the article “Why Your Car is Safe” by Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker. The characters were used for all sorts of articles and advertisements around the 1930s, when they were in the height of their popularity.

October 31

October 31, 1952 – The Goofy Short Film Two Weeks Vacation is Released to Theaters

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“So long, slaves!”

On October 31, 1952, the Goofy short film Two Weeks Vacation premiered in theaters. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Al Bertino.

The short begins with Goofy at work, looking at a map in preparation for his two weeks paid vacation. The moment he can get out of the office, he rushes at top speed, bidding farewell to his chained-to-the-desk coworkers. As he drives, he nearly crashes into a trailer, but manages to brake in time – only to have his tire burst. Goofy pulls into a nearby garage, though the mechanic “fixes” everything but the tire; when Goofy tries to get the tire fixed, the mechanic goes on vacation for two weeks. Goofy manages to fix the tire himself, and stops to pick up a local hitchhiker, who skips Goofy’s offer when he sees the state of the car. Goofy runs into more problems, as he is continually passed by the trailer he nearly crashed into earlier. Later that evening, as he searches for a motel, he finds himself out of gas and ends up chasing his car down a hill, but manages to find a place to stay for the night. However, his place is right next to a railroad track, and he decides to leave, driving late at night and nearly falling asleep at the wheel – and running into the trailer again. When he finds no one is actually driving the car pulling the trailer, he is shocked and is sent flying into the car when he tries to avoid it. He is then pulled over by a police officer, but finds relief for the night when he ends up sleeping in a jail cell.

September 23

September 23, 1949 – The Goofy Short Film Goofy Gymnastics is Released to Theaters

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“Don’t be a spineless weak-kneed no good nincompoop!”

On September 23, 1949, the Goofy short film Goofy Gymnastics premiered in theaters. A segment of this short was featured in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Dick Kinney.

The short begins with Goofy home from a day of work, exhausted. As he leafs through a magazine, he finds an advertisement for a workout program that promises fame, money, and fortune. He sends away for a home gym kit, and he quickly sets it up when it arrives. He starts with the barbell exercises first, but is unable to lift the weight and ends up hurting himself. When he finally is able to lift the barbell, a fly lands on him and sends him crashing through the floors of his building. He sets out to start the second exercise: chin-ups. He is able to do them, until it is revealed that he is moving the bar to meet his chin rather than the other way around. Goofy then moves on to the cable expanders, while ominous music plays in the background. He gets caught in the cables, which sends him flying around the room and destroying the equipment in the process. In the end, Goofy is tired to the point where he just falls asleep.

September 22

September 22, 1965 – The Goofy Short Film Goofy’s Freeway Troubles is Released to Theaters

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“With increasing frequency, new sections of freeway are being opened around the world.”

On September 22, 1965, the Goofy short film, Goofy’s Freeway Troubles, premiered in theaters. It was the last Goofy film produced in the golden age of Disney short films, until How to Hook Up Your Home Theater in 2007. The short is directed by Les Clark, with story by William R. Bosché.

The short begins with an explanation of freeways, along with the rules associated with them – and the drivers that ignore the rules. Goofy plays the roles of Driverius Timidicus (the timid driver), Neglectorus Maximus (the careless, distracted driver), and Motoramus Figitus (the impatient driver with road rage). Other freeway driving problems are discussed, using the example of Stupidicus Ultimas, the driver that never takes care of anything. His car is ragged, and he hasn’t taken it in to get anything checked. On the freeway, his tire blows, and he ends up causing a traffic accident as he loses control. Other problems present themselves, with much the same result: traffic accidents. Stupidicus also overloads his car with items that fly out of his car when he suddenly stops. Stupidicus is also not smart when it comes to getting gas, and he ends up running out of fuel on the busy highway. The narrator then explains rules for drivers if they run into any problems on the road; he also explains that the physical and mental health of the driver is just as important as the mechanical health of the car.