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Fathers Are People (1951)

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New father George (a Goofy lookalike) helps with the chores, and they are endless. As the boy gets older, he causes new kinds of trouble, and Father still can't get any rest.



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Credited cast:
Pinto Colvig ...
Goofy (voice)
Goofy, Jr. (voice)


George Geef rushes to the office to inform his fellow employees, "Hey, fellas! I'm a father!". Unfortunately, Geef later learns that, with fatherhood comes responsibility and lots of it. He must discipline his son when he starts fighting with neighboring kids, filling his pipe with bubble water, and pestering him while he tries to read the newspaper. But most difficult of all is getting him to pick up his toys which is no easy task. Written by Matt Yorston <>

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Release Date:

21 October 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Att vara pappa  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofy: [noticing Goofy, Jr.'s toys all over the floor] Junior! Pick all those toys up!
Goofy, Jr.: No!
Goofy: What? Didn't Daddy tell you to pick up your toys?
Goofy, Jr.: Uh-huh.
Goofy: Well, pick them up, then!
Goofy, Jr.: No!
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Goofy as a father
19 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Very entertaining as you'd hope from a Disney short. It's not one of the best there is, a couple of the requisite jokes(especially the packing the car and forgetting the baby) don't come off as well as they could have done, they are well executed but would have been funnier if they weren't so familiar at the same time. Some people will also pick up on the "fathers not being properly able to take care of children" stereotype, and may be annoyed by it, I wasn't hugely bothered by it but can see why others would be. The animation is just lovely, very like the animation in the Disney films/shorts of the 50s it is sumptuously coloured and fluid in detail. The music has much character and beautiful orchestration, its synchronisation with the action/humour and how much it adds to it is also a great strength, while the gags are clever, well-executed and funny on the whole, the best ones being with the growing up kid's successful attempts in outsmarting Goofy. The story to Fathers are People is simple, well-paced and always engaging, once again taking on an issue that is still relevant today and exploring it in a way that is both funny and informative, and very well too. Goofy is every bit the everyman that is so distinctive and endearing about his character, his situation also being one that the viewer can relate to easily. The child is cute and quite smart, not so much of a brat as seen in other Disney shorts like Bellboy Donald, Mickey's Good Deed and Orphan's Benefit(all very good cartoons still, Mickey Good Deed especially actually is a huge personal favourite). To conclude, very entertaining, colourful and interesting. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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