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July 25

July 25, 1976 – The Television Special Superstar Goofy Premieres

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“Two thousand, seven hundred and sixteen years ago, within the shadow of beautiful Mount Olympus in the land of ancient Greece, was born an institution known as the Olympic Games.”

On July 25, 1976, to coincide with the Olympic Games, the special Superstar Goofy premiered on NBC’s The Wonderful World of Disney. The special was a compliation of several Goofy short films, particularly from the “How To” series, including The Art of Skiing, How to Swim, and How to Play Golf. The special was also shown internationally, known as Dingo et Donald Champions Olympiques in France.

June 30

June 30, 1950 – The Goofy Short Film Motor Mania is Released to Theaters

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“Truly, the average man is a creature of strange and unorthodox habits.”

On June 30, 1950, the Goofy short film Motor Mania was released to theaters. Since its release, it has become a favorite of many a driver’s education course. The short was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Dick Kinney and Milt Schaffer.

The short begins with a look of the average man, namely the specific average man named Mr. Walker. Walker is considered a kind, considerate man, until he gets behind the wheel of his automobile, where he becomes Mr. Wheeler instead. This Jekyll and Hyde story shows how an average man becomes a monster while driving on the highway. Wheeler holds up traffic while enjoying the sunshine, and throws a tantrum when he sits at the signal. He then competes in a road race, but ends up crashing his car into a stoplight. Wheeler continues to be a public menace, with more misfortune befalling him. When Wheeler turns back into Walker and becomes a pedestrian, he finds that many people treat him with disdain and send him flying back onto the sidewalk. Walker reads a newspaper that declares that accidents are multiplying, and once he is back in his car, he becomes Mr. Wheeler again, although he damages his car severely, needing a tow.

June 25

June 25, 1980 – Mickey Mouse Disco Compilation Project is Released

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“He’s got style, he’s got flare, got two left feet, but he doesn’t care.”

On June 25, 1980, the cartoon compilation Mickey Mouse Disco was released on the Disney Channel. It was a music video containing clips from vintage Disney short films, accompanied by music from the 1979 album of the same name. Shorts used included Symphony Hour, Mickey’s Delayed Date, Clock Cleaners, Thru the Mirror, Mr. Duck Steps Out, How to Dance, The Three Caballeros, and Mickey’s Birthday Party. The five tracks from the album that were used were “Mousetrap,” “Disco Mickey Mouse,” “Macho Duck,” “Watch Out for Goofy,” and “Welcome to Rio.” The success of the program led to the creation of DTV music videos, matching classic clips with contemporary music. It was directed by Riley Thompson, with classic shorts directed by Dave Hand, Charles Nichols, Jack King, Ben Sharpsteen, Jack Kinney, and Norman Ferguson.

June 17

June 17, 1938 – The Donald and Goofy Short Film Polar Trappers is Released to Theaters

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“On polar caps, we set our traps for walrus, bear, and seal. We fill a zoo with caribou – depends on how we feel.

On June 17, 1938, the Donald and Goofy short film Polar Trappers was released to theaters. It is the first of a handful of short films that feature the two characters together. The short was directed by Ben Sharpsteen.

Donald and Goofy have set up their own trapping company with the tagline “We bring ‘em back alive.” Goofy is setting up traps while Donald is cooking up some beans within their igloo. Donald is annoyed with eating only beans when he spies a penguin outside. He thinks he can capture the penguin and roast it like a chicken, so he dresses up like a penguin to capture her. Goofy continues to set up a walrus trap, not noticing when a walrus takes his bucket of fish. Goofy then dresses like a walrus to try and capture it, but ends up lost inside a cave full of icicles. Goofy ends up getting trapped in a hole in the cave, and ending up stuck in some ice. He then sneezes, sending all the icicles falling to the ground, dressing him up like the Statue of Liberty. Meanwhile, Donald continues his hunt for the penguin, and wanders into a penguin colony. He uses his flute to herd the penguins, having them march behind him as if he were a pied piper of penguins. A baby penguin continues to get in his way, and Donald continually tricks it to wander another direction, only to have it end up in front of him again. The baby penfuin finds himself alone and lets out a tear, which freezes and rolls down a snowy hill, turning into a giant snowball that chases Donald and Goofy down the slopes and crashes them into their igloo.

June 10

June 10, 1955 – The Special Goofy Short El Gaucho Goofy is Released to Theaters

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“Howdy, strangers!”

On June 10, 1955, the special Goofy short film El Gaucho Goofy was released to theaters. It was originally a segment of the animated feature film Saludos Amigos.

Set in Texas, the narrator introduces the North American cowboy, played by Goofy, and then introduces the South American counterpart: the Gaucho. Goofy is then turned into a gaucho, and soon captures his horse, though it seems that the course catches Goofy instead. Goofy then has to saddle his horse, with layers and layers of saddling. That night, Goofy sets up an Argentine barbeque, which has its own ceremony to it involving bread, meat, and a knife – with Goofy accidentally eating part of the knife. This is then followed with Goofy using the bolas to capture the avestrus, an Argentinian ostrich. Goofy is able to capture the ostrich, and the capture is done again in slow-motion, only this time with Goofy, the avestrus, and Goofy’s horse getting caught by the bolas. That night, Goofy sings a song under the stars, and he dances with his horse. Goofy is then sent back to Texas, filled with fond memories of being a Gaucho.

April 20

April 20, 1992 – The Animated Series Goof Troop Premieres on The Disney Channel

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“Report to the Goof Troop, and we’ll always stick together, we’re the Goof Troop, best of friends forever.”

On April 20, 1992, the animated series Goof Troop premiered on The Disney Channel as part of the Disney Afternoon. Following in the steps of its predecessors Ducktales and Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, the show features classic Disney characters Goofy and Pegleg Pete in a modern setting. The series went on to be syndicated in September of that year, and ran until August 30, 1996. The series was created by Peter Montgomery, and starred Bill Farmer as Goofy, Jim Cummings as Pete, Dana Hill as Max, Rob Paulsen as P.J., April Winchell as Peg, Nancy Cartwright as Pistol, and Frank Welker as Waffles and Chainsaw.

The first episode, “Axed by Edition,” begins with P.J. freaking out about his math final. Pete has high expectations for P.J., as he refuses to let him fail. P.J. calls out to his best friend Max, who offers to help make P.J. a math genius. Max then rigs a device that will give P.J. his favorite candy bar if he answers correctly, but will also egg him in the face if he answers incorrectly. By morning, P.J. is exhausted and terrified of eggs. He and Max arrive at school for the test, but P.J. seems close to insane, and isn’t sure if he got anything right. Thinking that P.J. only has one day left before his father grounds him for life for flunking, he and Max decide to plan the perfect day, where P.J. can live his life to the fullest. They come up with an extensive list, and plan to skip school to accomplish this. Max helps P.J. look as though he is ill, although Pete believes the illness to the point where he calls the ambulance.

Pete lies in the hospital, terrified that they believe he's really sick

Pete lies in the hospital, terrified that they believe he’s really sick

As Max heads to the hospital to retrieve his pal, Pete nervously listens to the list of tests the doctors wish to run on him. Max manages to distract the doctors and sneak P.J. out. The doctors finally realize that Pete was faking, and inform his father, complete with the wish list P.J. and Max had put together. Pete misunderstands and thinks P.J. is dying, and runs out to beg for forgiveness. Max and P.J. only have three hours to complete his wish list, unaware that they are being followed by Pete. Max and P.J. manage to finish the list, albeit in a truncated manner. Max is able to distract Pete while P.J. finishes his thrill rides in the nearby amusement park, and when the pair finally arrive home, Pete welcomes him with open arms, worried that P.J. is dying. He then gets a call from the doctor to find that P.J. has been faking being sick, and grounds him for life. That night, Pete’s wife Peg brings home P.J. report card, revealing that he got an A in math. Unfortunately, Pete wants to celebrate with everything P.J. wanted to do, which he now finds torturous.

April 4

April 4, 1951 – The Goofy Short Film Man’s Best Friend is Released to Theaters

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“Soon, the puppy becomes accustomed to his new surroundings, and makes himself at home in his master’s house.”

On April 4, 1952, the Goofy short film Man’s Best Friend was released to theaters. Another one of the Goofy “everyman” shorts, Goofy plays the part of George Geef, as seen on his mailbox. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Milt Banta and Al Bertino.

A puppy is sitting in a pet shop window, hoping to attract the attention of just one passerby that would be willing to adopt him. He finds this in everyman George Geef, who is also holding a package of sausages. Geef tries to name the puppy, but the puppy refuses to move until Goofy picks a name that isn’t embarrassing or downright horrible. Settling on Bowser, the pair head home, with Geef’s nose stuck in a book about training. After settling in at Geef’s house, Bowser tears the once respectable home to shreds. Geef then attempts to train Bowser, but Goofy seems to be better at the tricks than Geef. Bowser then bites Geef’s hand after Geef gives him a treat. After a few months, Bowser has grown significantly, and is still causing mischief, which includes digging under fences, destroying his neighbors’ yards, and leaving destruction all around. When Geef gets home and settles with his evening paper, his solitude is disturbed by irate neighbors complaining about Bowser’s antics and demanding that Geef pay for the damage. When Geef heads out for the night, Bowser sleeps on the front stoop, unaware of a burglar and the ensuing shoot-out and arrest, and only wakes when Geef comes home, unfortunately chasing his master up a tree.

March 28

March 28, 1941 – The Goofy Short Film Baggage Buster is Released to Theaters

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“Feel better, miss?”

On March 28, 1941, the Goofy short film Baggage Buster was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Kinney.

Goofy is busy at work at the telegram office, capturing a message about a magician’s trunk that must be on the 5:15 train. He then attempts to take the trunk to the train, but it falls away from him, leaving him holding only the handle. Goofy is surprised to see the trunk on the platform and not on the car, and when he goes to retrieve it, a black top hat pops up. Goofy decides to put the hat on, and is surprised when it not only starts moving, but releases several animals. He tries to recapture the rabbits in the hat, but the rabbits multiply before returning by their own accord, save for one that Goofy chases. Goofy ends up diving into the hat after the rabbit, and it sent out by a giant palm tree. When he finally manages to get the hat back in the trunk, the trunk levitates, taking Goofy with him. Goofy continues to have trouble with the trunk, as it seems to play tricks on him. At one point, he throws a red towel out of the trunk, which then makes a large bull appear. The bull sees Goofy wave the red towel and charges, but disappears into the towel again. When he waves the towel, a kangaroo jumps out and starts punching Goofy. The towel causes Goofy more problems than the trunk, particularly when it turns his head into a fishbowl full of water. Animals from the towel surround the depot, and suddenly he hears the sound of the 5:15 train. Goofy scrambles to get everything back in the trunk, and barely manages to get it on the train…so he thinks.

March 16

March 16, 1935 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Mickey’s Service Station Premieres in Theaters

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“You break ‘em, we fix ‘em!”

On March 16, 1935, the Mickey Mouse short film Mickey’s Service Station premiered in theaters. It was directed by Ben Sharpsteen.

Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are hard a work fixing up an old jalopy when Pete shows up at their service station demanding for their service. He calls their attention to a squeaking sound, and warns them that they have only ten minutes to fix the problem, or there will be serious consequences. The boys are frightened enough to begin work, but no matter where they look, the squeaking noise seems to be all over, mocking them. Donald and Goofy tear the car apart, while Mickey has trouble with a tire. Mickey finally locates a cricket within Pete’s tire, but the boys smash the car to bits when trying to smash the cricket with a hammer. Realizing that there’s no time left, and the car is not in good shape, they rush to try and fix the car as best they can, but Mickey still has problems with the one tire. They are finally able to get the car semi-fixed, but when Pete returns and starts it up, the car manages to give Pete a fight before falling apart completely, with the engine chasing Pete away from the service station.

 

 

February 24

February 24, 1950 – The Goofy Short Film How to Ride a Horse is Released to Theaters

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“The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.”

On February 24, 1950, the Goofy short film, How to Ride a Horse was released to theaters. It was originally released as a segment within the 1941 film The Reluctant Dragon. Along with the other cartoon segments in the original film, it was directed by Hamilton Luske.

The short begins with the narrator introducing the basics of riding, including the benefits of the exercise. Goofy then introduces the proper riding attire, complete with conservative hat, comfortable boots, and a nice riding coat costing $4.98. The horse is then presented, and listens to the narrator’s praise with glee – that is, until the narrator calls him a dumb animal. Goofy then approaches the horse for his ride, but the horse quickly takes the lead of the situation, tripping Goofy and sending him flying into the dirt. Goofy tries to bribe the horse with carrots, and nearly gets his arm bitten off. The horse manages to steal all of Goofy’s carrots, and his long underwear to boot. Next, Goofy tries to mount the horse, but the horse would rather trip and trick Goofy than agree to be mounted. When the narrator tries to explain mounting the horse via the stirrups, both Goofy and the horse are bored to sleep. In the long run, Goofy is able to mount his horse. The narrator then moves to the mechanics of riding, starting with the trot, brought down to slow motion to show the “majesty” of the movement. Afterwards, when it comes to jumping, the horse refuses to go. When Goofy tries to use his spurs, the horse jumps away, leaving Goofy to use the spurs accidentally on himself. The horse then gallops around happily, jumping on top of Goofy. In the end, Goofy and horse are one riding around the countryside, although they are forced to try again when the jump fails. At the end of the day, the two drag themselves back from their ride, but the horse heads in excitedly when he finds out that they’re heading straight for the stable, and crashes Goofy into the door.