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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Walt Disney Treasures - The Complete Goofy
Walt Disney Treasures - The Complete Goofy
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment // Unrated // December 3, 2002
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Review by Todd Siechen | posted January 6, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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While the "Goof" was certainly never in the spotlight quite like Mickey was, he played an important role in Disney's development and endured to a long history of animated cartoons and films. The half-witted but ever positive floppy dog originally named "Dippy Dawg" got his debut chance in the early Mickey Mouse cartoon "Mickey's Revue". Later he went on to do a wonderful series called the "How-To" cartoons where Goofy is featured showing very comically how to ski, swim, play golf, and many other demonstrated activities while narrated by John Ployardt.

Sadly there is no "Play All" feature on either of the Discs so plopping your child down to watch all the Goofy cartoons will be a problem for parents (Come on Disney, this is a no-brainer). Some of these cartoons were rarely shown on television and many contain what could today be considered offensive to some people. Leonard Maltin makes a brief introduction in many of these such cartoons to explain the reasons and time period for which the production of these cartoons were made.

The video quality is really nice here and its fantastic to see such attention paid to these classic cartoons. I feel lucky to have such a fine collection of Goofy cartoons to add to my animation DVDs.

Contents:

Leonard Maltin Introduction - Mr. Maltin's very informative introductions on each disc summarize the history and evolution of Goofy through the years. Very informative stuff that many people may not know.

46 Goofy Cartoons:
Goofy and Wilbur (1939)
Goofy's Glider (1940)
Baggage Buster (1941)
The Art of Skiing (1941)
The Art of Self Defense (1941)
How to Play Baseball (1942)
The Olympic Champ (1942)
How to Swim (1942)
How to Fish (1942)
Victory Vehicles (1943)
How to Be a Sailor (1944)
How to Play Golf (1944)
How to Play Football (1944)
Tiger Trouble (1945)
African Diary (1945)
Californy'er Bust (1945)
Hockey Homicide (1945)
Knight for a Day (1946)
Double Dribble (1946)
Foul Hunting (1947)
They're Off (1948)
The Big Wash (1948)
Tennis Racquet (1949)
Goofy Gymnastics (1949)
Motor Mania (1950)
Hold That Pose (1950)
Lion Down (1951)
Home Made Home (1951)
Cold War (1951)
Tomorrow We Diet (1951)
Get Rich Quick (1951)
Fathers Are People (1951)
No Smoking (1951)
Father's Lion (1952)
Hello, Aloha (1952)
Man's Best Friend (1952)
Two-Gun Goofy (1952)
Teachers Are People (1952)
Two Weeks Vacation (1952)
How to Be a Detective (1952)
Father's Day Off (1953)
For Whom the Bulls Toil (1953)
Father's Week End (1953)
How to Dance (1953)
How to Sleep (1953)
Aquamania (1961)

Video Featurette: The Essential Goof - A thorough explanation of the Goof by Art Babbitt. This is a fantastic example of the thought and detail that goes into creating a cartoon character. Too often I hear people classify cartoons as childrens entertainment, but the fascinating thing is that cartoons have the ability to speak to the child in everyone.

Video Featurette: "Pinto Colvig: The Man Behind the Goof" - Pinto was the comedy voice behind the Goof and this short documentary tells his story within the Disney empire.

A conversation with Bill Farmer - Leonard Maltin interviews Bill Farmer, the current voice of Goofy since the mid 80's. Bill tells of his early motivations for doing the voice of Goofy as well as his history and eventual move to Hollywood where he joined the Disney team.

Poster and Memorabilia galleries - Lots of great posters and Goofy items, some with audio explanations by Leonard Maltin.

Goofy Through The Years Art Gallery - Lots of great sketches and still art of Goofy - some with audio included. Each gallery represents a different year starting at 1940 up through 1953.

Summary: No Disney character has endured the years quite like the Goof. His unique personality of silliness warmth, and optimism brings laughs again and again. Disney has given us another great DVD treasure thats sure to find a welcome home in many a collection for the children and adults who love Goofy. The only thing lacking is the "play all" feature, but this is a minor oversight considering the quality and depth of the content on this DVD set.
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