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The Art of Self Defense (1941)

Goofy takes a lighthearted look at self defense through the ages: cavemen, knights, the age of chivalry, and finally boxing.

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Goofy takes a lighthearted look at self defense through the ages: cavemen, knights, the age of chivalry, and finally boxing.

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How to box with Goofy

Goofy is one of Disney's funniest and most appealing characters, and his cartoons are always great fun to watch. The Art of Self Defense is a strong example of what I love about Goofy in the first place. Being the first short of Goofy's that has him doing multiple characters and personalities, The Art of Self Defense is of historical significance. The sheer entertainment value that The Art of Self Defense also has though makes it a short that is much more than being of historical significance. Goofy is every bit the clumsy yet appealing and good-natured everyman that we are familiar with, even with the multiple characters he has, the second half especially is where you see this. He interacts wonderfully with the narrator, who, helped by the witty, thoughtful narration, is wonderfully voiced by John McLeish. The gags are imaginative and hilarious, the shadow boxing and the image of Goofy riding a chariot through the stars are priceless gems really. The story is very like the "how to" Goofy short format but done in a way that is fresh and holds your attention. The Art of Self Defense is also a short that looks and sounds great. The animation has fluidity and is vibrantly coloured, while the music- especially in the sequence when Goofy walks into the gym- is beautifully orchestrated and energetic, enhancing the action seamlessly. Overall, hugely entertaining and epitomises everything that is so lovable about Goofy and Goofy's shorts. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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