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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 »
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A Goofy Guide To Water Fun, 13 October 2002
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

A Walt Disney GOOFY Cartoon.

The Goof demonstrates HOW TO SWIM - and also how to sink and nearly drown.

Here is another Sports Goofy film, enjoyable but routine. Diving & surf bathing are also briefly touched upon, with our hero equally inept at both. Some good safety tips are presented along the way. John McLeish narrates in his best documentarian manner.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.

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