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Goofy and Wilbur (1939)

Goofy is going fishing with his best friend, Wilbur, a grasshopper.

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Goofy goes fishing in a rowing boat without a rod, just a net and live bait, namely Wilbur, a tame grasshopper, who actively lures fish to be caught at approach of the boat. The insect's life repeatedly depends on ever-unreliable Goofy saving brave Wilbur when he gets tricked in turn and is eaten by a fish, a frog and even that frog in turn by a stork, requiring some quirky chasing on goofy rescue mission... Written by KGF Vissers

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17 March 1939 (USA)  »

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When the short was shown on TV in the 1950s, a narration "retconned" Wilbur as the nephew of host Jiminy Cricket. See more »

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[Goofy has tried but failed to get at the stork that swallowed the frog that had swallowed Wilbur]
Goofy: I gotta cheer up. There's lots of grasshoppers in the weeds.
[suddenly tears up and sobs loudly]
Goofy: Ohhh! But not like Wilbur!
[suddenly, an egg hatches revealing Wilbur, very much alive]
Goofy: Wilbur! Gosh, Wilbur, thought you was a goner.
[Wilbur kisses Goofy]
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Edited into Donald Duck's Summer Magic (1977) See more »

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A cute, fun and charming if slightly too sentimental short, Wilbur really shines!
17 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

As I aim to do with all Disney shorts, I found myself really enjoying Goofy and Wilbur. It is an interesting change of pace from the How To...shorts(which I personally do find funnier and more creative), and works very well on the whole. It does get a little too sentimental at times, but this is occasional. The animation is truly lush and colourful, with all the characters beautifully drawn, not just that but they also have depth in the designs. The music is energetic and enhances the action, which is always a plus when it comes to animation and shorts especially. The gags are clever, Goofy using Wilbur as bait is the main crux of Goofy and Wilbur but it is not the only trick that the short uses, the fishing deal is very creative as is the stuff with the bullfrog and the stork. The gags with the fish colliding, Goofy's net breaking and the fat fish weighing down the net are also very well done. The story has drama, fun, suspense and action rolled into one and skips along nicely. Goofy and Wilbur's friendship is charmingly realised and does feel very real. The bit though where Wilbur hatches out of the egg has always perplexed me, particularly how he manages to get inside it, though maybe that is just me looking too much into things. Goofy is likable and endearingly clumsy, though he does work better when he is confronted by a solution that is obvious to us but not to him, but the real jewel is Wilbur, his adorable yet spunky presence is enough to make us wonder why we never saw him again after Goofy and Wilbur. In conclusion, great cartoon if not quite a masterpiece. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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