Goofy has to get a box belonging to a magician in time for the next train to pick the baggage. Clumsy Goofy drops the box and a lot of magician's props (a rabbit which multiplies, a bull, a woman sawed in half) appear.
Goofy, staying at the Sugar Bowl resort, demonstrates the basics of downhill skiing, which the titles and announcer insist is pronounced "SHEEing". The equipment is, of course, of the era. ... See full summary »
Goofy shows us how to swim, first using a piano stool to demonstrate the strokes, right into the middle of traffic and back again. Next, Goofy tries to change in a tiny beachhouse and ends ... See full summary »
Goofy shows us the national pastime. After a brief overview, we have a demonstration of the many possible pitches. On to the World Series, where we go through an eventful inning, ... See full summary »
Donald has to get up early, but everything seems to be working to keep him awake. His loudly ticking alarm clock resists several attempts to quiet it. Donald ultimately swallows it; the ... See full summary »
Hobo Donald steals dinner off Pegleg Pete's table. Pete gives Donald a stick of dynamite. Then he puts Donald to work chopping trees. To say Donald is an inept lumberjack is understating ... See full summary »
Donald is washing windows on a high-rise; Pluto is his assistant, hauling the rope for the platform and refilling buckets but mostly sleeping. And when things are finally going well, Donald... See full summary »
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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