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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.

July 30

July 30, 1943 – The Goofy Wartime Short Film Victory Vehicles is Released to Theaters

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“Who needs a limousine that’s always out of gasoline? Hop on your pogo stick and laugh your cares away!”

On July 30, 1943, the Goofy wartime short film Victory Vehicles premiered in theaters. The short takes a humorous look at rationing and shortages during wartime; it also spawned a song “Hop On Your Pogo Stick,” complete with sheet music, which was written by Ned Washington and Oliver Wallace. It also features a small cameo by Pluto in one of the early scenes. The short was directed by Jack Kinney.

The short begins with an explanation of why cars were necessary. When the gasoline and rubber shortage was started, the use of cars was limited significantly. Many citizens created their own versions of transportation, flooding the patent office with their (not-so-bright) ideas. The ideas span a variety of hobbies and work activities to help people get from point A to point B. Suddenly, the solution to this problem is made clear: the pogo stick. We then see Goofy, a defense contractor, heading to work via pogo stick, with a giant smile on his face. The narrator then talks about all the benefits of having pogo sticks instead of cars, and how it works in any condition. The short ends with everyone in town using a variety of pogo sticks.

July 1

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July 1, 2011 – The Goofy’s Sky School Attraction Opens in Disney’s California Adventure Park

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“The wild blue yonder gets a little wilder when you learn to fly the Goofy way.”

On July 1, 2011, as part of the major refurbishment effort of Disney’s California Adventure Park, the Goofy’s Sky School attraction opened in the Paradise Pier area. The attraction was originally opened in 2001 as a ride called Mulholland Madness, but had to be shut down often due to accidents. The current steel roller coaster attraction was based on the 1940 short film Goofy’s Glider, and features Goofy on billboards throughout the ride instructing guests how to fly a plane.

June 20

June 20, 1953 – The Goofy Short Film Father’s Week End Premieres in Theaters

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“But Saturday night, ah, Saturday night! Gay, laughing, mad Saturday night!

On June 20, 1953, the Goofy short film Father’s Week End was released to theaters. In this short, Goofy plays the everyday man “George Geef.” It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Dick Kinney and Brice Mack.

It’s morning, and George Geef is seen going through the pattern of his day, until Saturday, when he has a wild night before his day of rest on Sunday. As Geef sleeps, his son climbs into bed with him, disturbing his sleep. The day begins, with Geef trying to get his sleep while the whole house is awake and noisy. He heads outside to get his newspaper, running into the whole neighborhood. As he lounges with the paper, he quickly cleans for company, only to find that the perceived company is heading next door. After breakfast, he heads to the backyard to relax in the hammock, only to be sent to the beach with his son by his wife. Geef is distracted during the drive by his son and their dog, barely making it there. The day at the beach is continuously ruined by misfortune that causes Junior to cry, until Geef takes him to the carnival, where he promptly loses him. He chases after Junior through a fun house, catches him and tries to take him home, only to get caught in traffic. The next day, Geef is more than ready to get back to his monotonous week.

January 5

January 5, 1945 – The Goofy Short Film Tiger Trouble is Released to Theaters

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“Tiger hunting – what mystery! What adventure! What an experience!”

On January 5, 1945, the Goofy short film Tiger Trouble was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Bill Peet.

The short begins with the narrator explaining tiger hunting, which frightens Goofy. His elephant guide sets him off regardless of Goofy’s fears, and they travel through the perilous jungle. Finally, it’s lunch time, and the pair set up camp. Unbeknownst to them, they have stopped near Tiger Country, and a tiger pops out, a lot less threatening than the narrator makes him out to be. Upon hearing the tiger’s roar, Goofy and the elephant immediately pack up and begin to stalk their prey. Goofy comes across the tiger, and the elephant flees while the tiger takes Goofy as his victim. Poor Goofy is left to defend himself, and manages to save himself by lighting the tiger’s foot on fire. The two grapple, until the force of Goofy’s shotgun sends them flying into the air; when they land, the chase is on. In the end, Goofy and his elephant manage to outrun the tiger, and leave with his stripes.

December 3

December 3, 2002 – The Second Wave of Walt Disney Treasures DVDs is Released

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“Hi, I’m Leonard Maltin.”

On December 3, 2002, the second wave of DVDs in the Walt Disney Treasures line was released. This wave featured more of the Disney classic characters, beginning with Mickey Mouse in Black and White, which featured Mickey’s earliest short films, including Steamboat Willie; The Complete Goofy, featuring a biography of the original voice actor, Pinto Colvig; and Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studios, which gives die-hard fans a look at classic marketing material, as well as a copy of the film The Reluctant Dragon, starring Robert Benchley. 125,000 sets of each 2-disc collection were released.

November 23

November 23, 1951 – The Goofy Short Film No Smoking is Released to Theaters

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“Smoking became a new habit in the old world.”

On November 23, 1951, the Goofy short film No Smoking was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Milt Schaffer and Dick Kinney.

The story begins with the history of smoking, beginning with the time of Columbus, and going through the ages. However, modern smoker George Geef has made it a rather filthy habit, with cigarette butts strewn everywhere and a cloud of smoke constantly around him. His schedule revolves around when to have his next cigarette, but Geef is also plagued by irritated eyes, coughing, and wheezing. He finally resolves to quit, only he finds it a bit tougher than he thought. He battles himself with his habit, finding temptation everywhere. He starts to go mad with the need for a smoke, but can find no relief. He finally gets a cigar, but it explodes in his face.

October 23

October 23, 1942 – The Goofy Short Film How to Swim is Released to Theaters

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“Everyone should learn how to swim.”

On October 23, 1942, the Goofy short film How to Swim was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Kinney.

The short begins with Goofy modeling a simple bathing suit, before using a piano stool to simulate swimming across his living room. Unfortunately, Goofy doesn’t realize that he’s left his living room and is now “swimming” through traffic, though he manages to head back safely – until he crashes into his bathtub. The next step is to head to the beach, where he barely manages to fit in a beach locker. True to fashion, Goofy ends up with his locker in the bottom of the ocean. Another mishap occurs as Goofy eats his lunch underwater, and ends up with cramps all over. Afterwards, Goofy is taught how to dive, though he is not as elegant as the chart drawing, as he gets caught on the board and lands in an empty pool. His last session is using an inner tube to “surf,” but winds up being thrown onto a deserted island. All is not lost however, when he is surrounded by beautiful, adoring mermaids.

September 21

September 21, 1945 – The Goofy Short Film Hockey Homicide is Released to Theaters

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“In no other game is the feeling of competition so keen, affecting both players and spectators alike, turning casual friends into bitter enemies.”

On September 21, 1945, the Goofy short film Hockey Homicide was released to theaters. It features clips from other Disney films, including Pinocchio and How to Play Football. The short was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Bill Berg and Dick Kinney.

One of the biggest hockey games of the season is about to start between the Loose Leafs and the Ant Eaters, and fans are preparing themselves with heat lamps, blankets, and hot water bottles. The game is sold out, with everyone being packed in. There are “a few” changes to the lineup, with the fans scribbling furiously to keep up with the announcer. The rivalry between key players Bertino and Ferguson is fearsome, and referee “Clean Game Kinney” steps out onto the rink just as it heats up, sending the players to the penalty box before the game starts. Kinney sets down the puck, and the players hit the ref instead, sending him flying into the scorebox. At one point, the puck is hit into the stands, replacing one fan’s burger and sending it to replace the puck on the ice, with the goalie eating the “puck.” Bertino and Ferguson get out of the box only to be sent right back. It’s an all-out war on the ice, until the buzzer calls the end of the first period. The second period begins, with Bertino and Ferguson coming out and heading back in the penalty box. Finally, the Ant Eaters manage to score, and there’s another face-off, with another beating of the ref. The game continues, and when the ref is sent flying from one goal to another, all the pucks in his pocket fly out, littering the ice. The players shoot one puck after another in a free-shooting game, with the fans even entering the ice to clobber each other while the players eventually watch the mayhem from the stands.

July 29

July 29, 1938 – The Donald and Goofy Short Film The Fox Hunt is Released to Theaters

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“Come on out, you big palooka, or I’ll come in after you! What kind of a fox hunt do you think this is?”

On July 29, 1938, the Donald Duck and Goofy short film The Fox Hunt premiered in theaters. It was directed by Ben Sharpsteen, and was the second short in the series starring both characters. The short also features cameos by Mickey, Minnie, Horace Horsecollar, and Clara Cluck.

Early in the morning, the riders head off on their fox hunt, with Donald holding the leashes of the bloodhounds and struggling with keeping them in line. Meanwhile, Goofy is gaily riding his horse until he runs into a tree, finding the fox hiding inside. He alerts Donald, and the chase is on, with the bloodhounds dragging Donald with them helplessly. Donald is thrown from their leashes when he is rammed into a tree, and is trampled by the rest of the riders. Goofy has his own problems when it is revealed that his horse is afraid to jump. Goofy decides to teach his horse how to jump, and is successful, with the horse landing on Goofy’s head. The two start splashing around in the pond on the other side of the hedge. Donald decides to chase after the fox on foot, and corners him into a hole. The fox manages to sneak away and bring Donald into a teasing game of hide and seek. Donald places a large boulder over one of the holes in the ground and blows his trumpet into the other one, thinking it will blow the fox out, but manages to send the boulder flying into the air and landing on Donald’s head. After using a rather ginormous puff of air, Donald is able to push the fox out from underground, and grabs it by the tail. The fox pulls Donald into a log, and Donald announces that he has caught the fox – only to find that in the scuffle, he has a skunk instead. Donald flees as fast as his legs will carry him before he gets sprayed by the miffed skunk.