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How to Be a Sailor (1944)

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Goofy demonstrates the history of water transport, from the first prehistoric use of floating logs to the modern battleship.


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Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ...
Goofy (voice) (uncredited)
John McLeish ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)


Goofy demonstrates the history of water transport, from the first prehistoric use of floating logs to the modern battleship.

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Release Date:

28 January 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hessu purjehtijana  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is the only wartime entertainment short from Disney that was about the Navy. All other war shorts from Disney were about the Army. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: In the beginning, the world was all wet. Today, it is still four-fifths wet.
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Seaman Goofy
11 July 2004 | by (The Underverse) – See all my reviews

This is actually a rather funny cartoon that details the history of man on the oceans. From the first log and paddle to the battleships of today. All demonstrated by Goofy and for once he's entertaining.

The narration is quite sarcastic and makes fun of Goofy at every turn. He's just an ordinary sailor up to endless hijinks on the seas. But, being a war propaganda cartoon it does turn to Xenophobia at a certain point. In once scene Goofy is fired out as a torpedo and blows up several 'Jap' submarines. The manner in which this is delivered to us would NEVER be allowed today. Even in the current political climate, Disney wouldn't produce a cartoon like this.

Still, it's funny and full of silly humor.

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