With a gentle, childlike innocence, Goofy has delighted audiences for 70 years. For the first time ever, celebrate Walt Disney's lumbering, lovable, and eternally loyal everyman in this retrospective of his classic anim... more »ated shorts and enjoy the heyday of one of the most popular characters in cartoon history. Unlike the rest of Disney's "mouse pack," Goofy didn't become a major movie star overnight. This compilation of shorts begins with the Goof's first starring role. The volume also includes animator Art Babbitt's original descriptive reference of all things Goofy, the original voice behind the Goof, Pinto Colvig, and an exclusive interview with the current voice of Goofy, Bill Farmer. You'll also have the opportunity to see theatrical posters and other memorabilia, a selection of story drawings, and background paintings. After all, it's the Goofy thing to do. Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin, this is a timeless collection from generations past for generations to come.« less
"Here is a list of all forty-six Goofy cartoons--year by year--contained on this new Disney Treasures collection:1939-"Goofy and Wilbur" (Goofy's first official "solo" short)1940-"Goofy's Glider" (The first in the long-running "How-to" series)1941-"Baggage Buster", "The Art of Skiing", "The Art of Self-Defense"1942-"How to Play Baseball", "The Olympic Champ", "How to Swim", "How to Fish"1943-"Victory Vehicles" (Could have been released under the delayed "Wartime Cartoons" Disney Treasures collection)1944-"How to Be a Sailor", "How to Play Golf", "How to Play Football"1945-"Tiger Trouble", "African Diary", "Californy er Bust", "Hockey Homicide"1946-"A Knight for a Day", "Double Dribble"1947-"Foul Hunting"1948-"They're Off", "The Big Wash"1949-"Tennis Racquet", "Goofy Gymnastics"1950-"Motor Mania", "Hold That Pose"1951-"Lion Down", "Home Made Home", "Cold War", "Tomorrow We Diet", "Get Rich Quick", "Fathers Are People", "No Smoking"1952-"Father's Lion", "Hello Aloha", "Man's Best Friend", "Two Gun Goofy", "Teachers Are People", "Two Weeks Vacation", "How to Be a Detective"1953-"Father's Day Off", "For Whom the Bulls Toil", "Father's Weekend", "How to Dance", "How to Sleep" (the last of the "How-to" series made for the big screen)1961-"Aquamania"Though this collection is "The Complete Goofy", it would have been nice to include the two cartoons Goofy did with Donald Duck ("No Sail" and "Crazy with the Heat") in 1945 and '47, respectively (probably saved for a later Donald Duck collection in the DT series). Also, "How to Ride a Horse" and "El Gaucho Goofy" (taken from "The Reluctant Dragon" and "Saludos Amigos", respectively) were re-released in an animated short format in the 1950's, but are obviously unnecessary to include in this collection. Goofy also appeared in "Freewayphobia" and "Freewayphobia #2" (both in 1965) which also appears to not be included here (probably because these were educational films produced extensively during this time by the Disney company). Many of the above-mentioned Goofy shorts contained controversial scenes that have been removed and/or altered by the Disney company in recent years. This collection is promising that they will all be uncut--so let's hope they will be seen the way they were originally seen if only for the historical context. Last year's "Mickey Mouse in Living Color" and "Silly Symphonies" collections lived up to that promise, though the "Disneyland USA" set had some perplexing cuts.This collection is one of three exciting, new releases this December in the second wave of the continuing Disney Treasures series (and extremely limited edition--125,000 appearing to be made instead of the 150,000 last year). There were supposed to be four releases again this year, but the intended fourth (Disney Wartime Cartoons) was delayed for reasons--as of this writing--unexplained by host/compiler of the DT series, Leonard Maltin.The other two releases for this year: "Mickey Mouse in Black and White", and "Behind the Scenes at the Disney Studio.""
Beautiful set -- until Disney insults your intelligence
Blake Petit | Ama, Louisiana United States | 12/30/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As far as Disney's animated shorts go, the Goofy cartoons are probably the funniest the studio ever did, and this mostly wonderful two-disc set collects them all -- every "How To" cartoon, every sports cartoon, every cartoon from the "George G. Geef" era -- they're all here. Some are better than others, of course. The earlier "Geef" cartoons, before Pinto Clovig returned as Goofy's voice, don't feel like the character at all.There are also three great featurettes on this set, one about Clovig himself, one about the evolution of Goofy and an interview with Bill Farmer, the current voice of the Goof. Hearing Goofy's voice coming out of this jolly, rust-haired man is jarring and wonderful at the same time.One complaint -- boy, has Disney gotten PC. On four of these cartoons, they found it necessary to do a disclaimer by Leonard Maltin because the cartoons contain some potentially "sensitive" material -- a World War II era cartoon has the audacity to use the term "Jap," a western send-up has stereotypical "injuns," a short about a teacher sparks fears of school violence and a bullfighting classic portrays Mexicans in an "unflattering light." All four disclaimers have essentially the same message -- "People weren't as smart then as they are now! Please don't hate us."Please.I'm all in favor of intros, putting cartoons in context, historical data, etc., but the way these four cartoons were singled out really insulted my intelligence. It's GOOFY, for Heaven's sake, was anybody planning to take the cartoons seriously? In my review of a previous "Treasures" DVD, "Mickey Mouse in Living Color," I said that Warner Bros should use these discs as a model for how to do Looney Tunes DVDs. If they followed the model of "The Complete Goofy," we'd have a disclaimer in front of every Speedy Gonzales short.It's still a really good collection, but for maximum enjoyment, when you see Leonard Maltin's face pop up before these four shorts, hit the "next" button on your remote."
Be Wary Buyers
K. Williams | Ballston Spa, New York United States | 02/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent product as the other reviews suggest, but be wary of purchasing from the second hand sellers...They are overcharging for a product still available through the Disney Video club...I just purchased my brand new dvd for 29.95 from the club, February 2006. Yes, you have to join, but at least you will have product to equal the high price...100 dollars can buy you 3 other vids...I shake my head at this."
Disappointing Menu Options
Thomas A. Holmes | Johnson City, TN USA | 12/06/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoy the content of this DVD a great deal. Unfortunately, this DVD set leaves off a valuable option available on last year's MICKEY MOUSE IN COLOR and SILLY SYMPHONY compilations--the ability to "view all" with a single command on the menu. Instead, viewers will have to manually choose each cartoon, one at a time. I hope that Disney will reconsider in determining the playback options in future short feature compilations."
5 goofy cartoons missing
ernie mc millan | pennsylvania, usa | 08/21/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"there are a few cartoons missing in this dvd set How to Ride a Horse (1941), El Gaucho Goofy(1943), Freewayphobia (1965),Goofy's Freeway Trouble (1965), And Sport Goofy in Soccermania (1987). "