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For Whom the Bulls Toil (1953)

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Goofy, driving through Mexico, deals with a stubborn bull on the road who eventually charges, and Goofy unwittingly subdues the bull. Mexicans who are watching the scene believe that Goofy ... See full summary »

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Goofy, driving through Mexico, deals with a stubborn bull on the road who eventually charges, and Goofy unwittingly subdues the bull. Mexicans who are watching the scene believe that Goofy is "the great Matador" and the minute Goofy arrives in Mexico City, they dress him like a matador and make him do battle with another bull. The reluctant Goofy tries to escape the enormous bull although after a while, once again, he triumphs over the bull by accident. Written by Matt Yorston <georgey@atcon.com>

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Hessu härkätaistelijana  »

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[Goofy has been dressed up in a matador outfit and goes out into a bullring. He sees a newspaper headline showing him, reading "El Goof Matador"]
Goofy: Matador? Hmm. A bullfighter?
[suddenly, the truth hits him; shocked]
Goofy: A fighter of the bulls? *Me*? Oh, no!
[he runs from the ring - and into the bull stable]
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Goofy as a matador?
13 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As always we can rely on Disney and Goofy to bring an entertaining short and For Whom the Bulls Toil(great title!) is exactly that. The ending is one that mightn't sit well with people, not then and not now. The animation though is fluid, bright and colourful, and the music is lushly orchestrated, energetic and full of great Spanish/Mexican character. For Whom the Bulls Toil is crisply paced and has some clever gags that are amusing at worst and hilarious at best as well as timed well. The story is always fun, taking on a subject that is not really that fun to begin with but makes it so here, if slightly routine. Goofy is great here, every bit the clumsy yet lovable everyman. You can also relate to him as you visibly see him scared of fighting the bull, completely different to the I'm in charge attitude that Bugs Bunny adopts in Bully For Bugs. The bull is antagonistic but also fun, a very good foil for Goofy. The voice work is suitably dynamic when it calls for voices to be used.

In conclusion, great fun but the ending is not for the faint-hearted. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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