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How to Fish (1942)

Goofy's demonstration of fishing is fouled up by his clumsy casting and fly fishing, and problems with his boat.


Jack Kinney


John McLeish




Uncredited cast:
John McLeish John McLeish ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)


Goofy's demonstration of fishing is fouled up by his clumsy casting and fly fishing, and problems with his boat.

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Goofy shows us how to fish... or how not to!


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Narrator: How to fish. Successful angling no longer depends upon fisherman's luck. For today, fishing has become a truly fascinating science. When to fish can be determined by the astrological signs of the zodiac, whose countless stars and planets control all the tides of the Earth's waters. Hence, when Neptune enters the constellation of Pisces, or "fishes", the cosmic vibrations create in the fish an uncontrollable desire to bite. When the Earth enters this celestial orbit, it too falls ...
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Leichte Kavallerie Overture
Written by Franz von Suppé
played when Goofy hooks his motor
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19 August 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

How to Fish is not one of the best How to cartoons for me. It does have a formulaic story, you know that Goofy is going to demonstrate in how not to do something(in this case fishing) and you do get an inkling of how it is going to end. However, it is still thoroughly entertaining. For those who love fishing, my dad and grandfather do and I do remember going fishing once(though personally it's not one of my favourite things to do, I can definitely see though why it is so for others) and watching How to Fish was a piece of nostalgia for me in a way. Goofy is on top form, doing what he does best, being likable and clumsy without meaning to and we love him for it. As ever there are bits where he finds things that we find obvious but he doesn't, again this said that has always been part of his charm and he was always at his best in that situation. There are some really great gags, especially when Goofy lures a fly to catch a fish and we see the action from the fish's perspective under-water and in the finale when he catches the motor to his boat instead of catching the real fish. The animation is fluid and vibrant as you'd expect from Disney shorts of this particular period, and the music is very energetic. All in all, a very, very good Goofy short, although the story is formulaic, Goofy's antics and charm and the gags really carry the day. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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4 December 1942 (USA) See more »

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Cómo pescar See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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