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How to Be a Sailor (1944)

Goofy demonstrates the history of water transport, from the first prehistoric use of floating logs to the modern battleship.

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Jack Kinney
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ... Goofy (voice) (uncredited)
John McLeish John McLeish ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Goofy demonstrates the history of water transport, from the first prehistoric use of floating logs to the modern battleship.

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hessu purjehtijana See more »

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Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only wartime entertainment short from Disney that was about the Navy. All other war shorts from Disney were about the Army. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: In the beginning, the world was all wet. Today, it is still four-fifths wet.
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Connections

Edited into Walt Disney's 50th Anniversary Show (1973) See more »

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Another winner from the Goofy How to... series
20 May 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Goofy is such an appealing and versatile character, not to mention funny, and the How to...make for enormous entertainment. And it is difficult not to be entertained by How To Be a Sailor. The animation is colourful and how it's coloured/shaded and how fluidly drawn it was gives it a charm that still holds up. The music is orchestrated in a way that creates a beautiful sound and blend, it also has great energy. As with all the entries of the How to...shorts, How to be a Sailor's humour is also very winning and as with the best of them is a perfect match with the animation. The ending especially is hilarious(with the flags, knots and sea legs parts being equally good), though how Goofy acts is funny and endearing brings at least a big smile to the face. Goofy is an example of a character that grew with every short he starred in, as well as being effortlessly funny in how he demonstrated skills in the wrong way and instantly appealing that's what makes his character so great. What's also great is how in multiple character roles he plays he plays each different but you can still tell it's him. How to Be a Sailor also feels like a How to...short, the spirit of what makes the series so good, Goofy's demonstrations, the documentary-like narration and how it incorporates its messaging are all here and to great effect. The narration is sardonic and informative, helped by thoughtful delivery from John McLeish. All in all, another winner in a series that is still hugely entertaining and well made. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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