Funny Factory with Goofy Vol. 3 features some classic Disney cartoons from as early as 1937, including seven shorts with many favorite Disney characters, but obviously the main focus is on Goofy, who more than lives up to his name.
Some highlights include:
Clock Cleaners: Goofy, Donald, and Mickey frantically try to clean a large clock, with hilarious mishaps that ensue, similar to any time the three of them try to work together.
Man's Best Friend: A tongue-in-cheek examination of the trials and tribulations caused by dog ownership, featuring Goofy as a dog owner, which is curious given that most Disney fans have concluded that he is one himself!
Father's Weekend: Poor Goofy. As a husband and father, he can't get any rest on a lazy Sunday. His child pushes him out of the bed, then wakes up and practices his trumpet, his wife is vacuuming, and a friend stops by to see if he wants to play tennis. He fares no better when he gives up trying to sleep and decides to take his son to the beach.
Aquamania: Goofy, always at his funniest when engaged in activities involving the outdoors or exercise, endures a series of waterskiing mishaps.
This disc, despite the dearth of special features and a relatively short run-time of 52 minutes, is still worthy of your consideration, especially for longtime Disney fans and parents who want to introduce their children to the early beginnings of the Disney franchise without having to fork over the money for more extensive (and expensive) releases. This collection is a great primer for some of Goofy's best moments. Although at times predictable – Goofy always has good intentions but finds himself in difficult predicaments – the plots are original and fun. Parents, be warned that some scenes feature Goofy getting injured, and because these clips are so old, there is a scene with gunplay. It is tame, however, compared to some of the aggressive language and situations featured in cartoons aimed at older kids on channels like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.
Presented in fullscreen (1.33:1), the digitally mastered picture is absolutely brilliant, as is the case for most Disney releases. When you think about it, Disney has really become the standard-bearer for DVD technology, especially in terms of family entertainment. Also, considering the age of some of these cartoons, where one might expect it to be flawed in many ways, the picture is gorgeous.
This disc contains both English and French language tracks recorded in Dolby Digital Mono, as well as English subtitles. The sound quality is excellent, even on the on-screen menu.
No extras to be had here, but the cartoons can be watched either consecutively or selected individually from the on-screen menu. For some reason my son has taken great delight in the farting sound that can occasionally be heard on the menu – he spent as much time listening for that as he would have playing a throwaway add-on game or answering some trivia questions! Because I possess XX chromosomes, I have difficulty understanding the fascination, but I thought I would throw in the whole farting thing for added value. Don't base your whole purchasing decision on it, but do take it into consideration.
This disc is a solid investment. Being a Donald Duck kind of girl myself, I was never much of a Goofy fan, but I was charmed by the inclusions on this disc. Whether young or old, there is something for everyone on this disc.