At the race track, various spectators (all Goofy lookalikes) are playing the ponies. A posh rich Goofy bets on the equally posh Snapshot III while another more common looking Goofy bets on ... See full summary »

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Jack Hannah

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Riley Thomson (story), Campbell Grant (story)
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Harlow Wilcox Harlow Wilcox ... Narrator (voice)
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At the race track, various spectators (all Goofy lookalikes) are playing the ponies. A posh rich Goofy bets on the equally posh Snapshot III while another more common looking Goofy bets on the bedraggled Old Moe. When the race begins, Snapshot and the rider are so overconfident they wait a few minutes after the race has begun to start running. When they finally do get going, Snapshot is not above stooping to dirty tricks such as tripping and biting the other horses. Sadly, Snapshot's vanity is what costs him winning the race (he stops to pose for the photo finish) and Old Moe is declared the winner. Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1948 (USA) See more »

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Ils sont partis See more »

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Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The names of the nine horses entered in the Sixth Race of the Gold Diggers Handicap are Insomnia, Crankcase, Bubble Bath, Old Moe, Snapshot III, Flannel Cake, Bakers Dozen, Bees Wax, and Plumbers Friend. See more »

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Ah...the science of horse-riding
2 June 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

A very good start to the 1948 series of Goofy shorts. It is not one of Goofy's or the How to...series' best, with the narrator not voiced by John McLeish a bit of a shock. The narrator still does a very good job, very droll and commanding, but lacking McLeish's more sardonic and thoughtful approach. Even with this change, as said before They're Off is still immensely enjoyable. The animation is vibrant and flows well from frame to frame, and the music is lush and lively with some witty sound effects. The narration still manages to entertain with some funny interaction- the gem has always been that Goofy often does the exact opposite to what the narrator says- and also to teach, I know next to nothing about horse-riding/racing and I learnt a good deal from They're Off. The gags are funny and well-timed, Goofy takes on multiple character roles again- except with a more dramatic rather than physical approach- and excels hugely and the fact that the horses had their own individual character was very nice. Overall, even if you don't know much about the subject, seeing as it's Goofy you're guaranteed to have some degree of fun, I certainly did. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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