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A Walt Disney GOOFY Cartoon.
The Goof demonstrates HOW TO PLAY GOLF very badly.
Here is one of the very earliest of the Goofy Sports Cartoons, and, with its fast action and fine animation, it remains one of the best. Along with other golfing esoterica, the viewer should forever remember the game's Golden Rule: Always play the ball where it lies. The demonstration stick figure makes an interesting & funny character.
Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by pictures & 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 comic 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 storm of naysayers, 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 childlike simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.
The Goofy-Disney How To...shorts always bring much enjoyment and How to Play Golf does so too. The part where Goofy loses his temper did seem out of character for me both in the short and with his character in general. That said, the animation is great with lots of vibrant colour and smooth drawing, it is not just pleasing to look at but the style has a real charm to it that still holds up today. The music is every bit as good, it matches with every gesture, facial expression, gag and bit of action perfectly and is definitely the sort of music I'd listen again to with no hesitation. The gags manage to be hilarious throughout, the ending especially so as Goofy, the stick and the bull go clubbing singing and drinking, a sight that has to be seen to be really believed. The story makes great use of the interesting idea for Goofy to ignore the narrator while the demonstration stick comes into the "real" world to assist him, and does it with a real sense of fun and light-heartedly, just the right tone for the How to...series and for Goofy. The narration manages to be witty and informative, that's what I love about the How to...series, how it entertains and teaches and does both so well. Goofy is as appealing as he ever is just doing what he does best(an everyman type of character who can break into multiple personalities), while the demonstration stick is a fun supporting character. Fred Sheilds does a very good job narrating, if just lacking the thoughtfulness of John McLeish. Overall, great, like golf it certainly isn't a waste of time. 9/10 Bethany Cox
Disney's How to Play Golf is unique because it could really only be
captured well enough within the boundaries of animation. It concerns
Goofy, who has decided he wants to take up golf as a hobby but can't
quite seem to get the basic essentials of the game down. Frustrated
that his grip on the golf club is flawed and his techniques are flawed,
the short's narrator Fred Shields allows Goofy's basic character
outline to assist him in the proper way to golf by showing specific
ways to position yourself, swing, and learn the fundamental rules of
the game. The short is surprisingly hilarious because its humor is
derived from the classic Disney silliness many of us grew up with. How
to Play Golf works both as a farcical cartoon and an informative
instructional video on how to play golf. Throw in terrifically fluent
and colorful animation for the time, 1944, and the lead character who
never fails to disappoint and you have one of Disney's funniest shorts
Directed by: Jack Kinney.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
After having found Goofy's 2 WWII based shorts to be lacking the wit
and spark, (and also containing some less than PC jokes about The
Alieies then enemy:Japan.)of his previous shorts,I started to hope that
this film would help Goofy to regain his swing.
Dressed up in his very best golfing clothes,Goofy reveals the professional manner that golf should be played in,and also demonstrates his own "Goofy" take on the game.
View on the film:
With having had some personal golfing experiences at an excellent local driving range,I was thrilled to find the sharp punch lines in the screenplay, (sadly not credited to any writers) to actually match some of the original complications that I had with the sport,with one of the best scenes in the movie being Goofy getting his hands tied up,over not knowing how to grip a golf club correctly.
Freed from the patriotic focus of the last 2 shorts,director Jack Kinney brilliantly returns the colour to Goofy's cheeks by smartly making Goofy's "loud" golf costumes be matched by the excellent bright "loud" character animation and background design,as Goofy begins to find out that a hole in one may be tougher than he ever expected.
'How to Play Golf' is wonderful entry in the series of Goofy Sports shorts. The opening line, "Contrary to popular belief, Golf is not a waste of time," is great! Many sequences involve Goofy being instructed on golf by a stick drawing. The idea is a clever one which pays off with some big laughs. Occasionally, though, the idea is over-used. What works about 'How to Play Golf' is that the humor appeals to those who love golf and those who hate it, count me in the latter category.
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