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Release Date:
23 October 1942 (USA) See more »
Goofy shows us how to swim, first using a piano stool to demonstrate the strokes, right into the middle of traffic and back again... See more » | Add synopsis »
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George Johnson ... Goofy (voice)
John McLeish ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Jack Kinney 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Webb Smith 
Ralph Wright 

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
Original Music by
Paul J. Smith 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lou Debney .... assistant director
Animation Department
Jim Armstrong .... animator
Al Bertino .... animator
George De Beeson .... animator
Gene Hazelton .... inbetween artist
Ken Peterson .... animator
Wolfgang Reitherman .... animator
John Sibley .... animator
Joseph Starbuck .... animator

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8 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Narrator:[after Goofy crashes into an empty pool] It is customary to have the pool filled with water.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Living Seas (1986) (TV)See more »


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More sporty fun with Disney and Goofy, 10 May 2013
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Disney's How to... shorts with Goofy always promise much, succeeding brilliantly in making the audience laugh but also done in a way that we learn from what we have seen and been told. How to Swim is not an exception. Maybe it is somewhat routine in its demonstrative-documentarian format, but that I think applies to all the How to... shorts, and they are still hugely entertaining regardless. The idea still works wonder and dealt with very imaginatively here and in every How to...short I've seen. How to Swim is not one of my absolute favourites of the series, but it is still really imaginative and kept me entertained throughout. The animation quality is still colourful and fluid, and the music is characterful and beautifully orchestrated. The narration is sharp and thoughtful, and John McLeish voices with great clarity and authority, merging seamlessly with Goofy's on-screen antics. The gags are clever and imaginative and also range from very funny to hilarious. Goofy's cluelessness at the cars piling up behind him as he glides across the streets and that he's underwater are classic and very like the sort of things Goofy would do. Goofy's attempts to fit himself in the tiny locker and the visuals of when he gets cramps are also hilarious. Goofy is great fun, he always excels when he's an appealing yet clumsy everyman and it's that persona that we see to endearing and fun effect. Overall, lots of fun from start to finish, if you love Goofy I see no reason to why you wouldn't love How to Swim. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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