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Fun Facts About Walt Disney’s Goofy

Sometimes when you hear about Disney characters you will think of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, or maybe instead you will picture one of the classic princesses. Right now we are going to showcase someone else, and that would be Goofy. Here are some fun facts that you may or may not know about Goofy.

 

1. Birthday

Goofy’s birthday is May 25, 1932. He looks good for his age, doesn’t he? Goofy’s first appearance was in a short cartoon called “Mickey’s Revue” which debuted on that day. The animated film is only about seven minutes long. It featured Mickey, Minnie, Horace Horsecollar, and Clarabelle Cow. Goofy looks a bit different in the black and white film, but his laugh is unmistakable. Sadly, the short is not currently available on Disney+, but you might be able to find it in another online format.

Goofy in “Mickey’s Revue”

2. Name

If you think Goofy has always been Goofy, you would be wrong. Goofy‘s name at first was Dippy Dawg, including in “Mickey’s Revue”. He had a much more redneck look than what you’re used to seeing today. After that, he still wasn’t Goofy quite yet. Next, he was given the name George Geef, and he resembled an everyday man. It wasn’t until his seventh appearance that he finally became Goofy and gained the look you know and love today. This was in the black and white short “Orphan’s Benefit”, which is also known as “Orphans’ Benefit”.

Goofy in “Orphan’s Benefit”

3. Voice

Goofy’s original voice actor was Pinto Colvig. He was the same voice actor who played Bashful and Grumpy in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, and even voiced Pluto. Colvig was posthumously made a Disney Legend in 1993. After Colvig, there were several other voice actors for Goofy. They were Hal Smith, Will Ryan, Tony Pope, and Bill Farmer. Although he wasn’t the first, Bill Farmer has been the voice of Goofy for the longest, and has been in over 60 titles. Farmer continues to be the voice of Goofy to this day.

Pinto Colvig

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4. Family

Do you know that Goofy has a son? Well, he does, and his name is Max Goof. Max first appeared in the 1951 short “Fathers Are People”, but was known as Goofy Jr. Max is better known for the TV series “Goof Troop”, as well as the feature film “A Goofy Movie” and the direct to  video sequel “An Extremely Goofy Movie”. There was a Mrs. Goof in the early days, but she was never mentioned again by “Goof Troop”. Goofy’s father is Amos Goof, his mother Mother Goofy, and his grandmother Grandma Goofy. He also has a cousin named Arizona Goof and a nephew named Gilbert Goof.

A Goofy Movie

5. Shoes

If you’re looking to buy Goofy some shoes you may have to go to a specialty store or have them custom made. His shoe size is 18 1/2, so that might be difficult to find at your local shoe store. 

6. Team Goofy

Fitness is very important to Goofy. In 1956 several short films were made under the title “The Goofy Sports Story”. The shorts covered the Olympics, gymnastics, skiing, baseball, and football. In 1972 they were released in theatrical form under the name “Superstar Goofy”. In the 1980s Goofy took the persona of sports goof and he made quite an impact because he eventually was made the official mascot for the French Olympic team. Team Goofy! 

The Goofy Sports Story

7. Mascot

Do you remember River Country? That was Walt Disney World’s first waterpark before Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon. Goofy was not only the mascot for the French Olympic team, he was also the mascot for River Country. Considering that River Country was a place to relax and have fun, Goofy fit right in.

8. Merch 

When you visit Walt Disney World you can’t help but see Goofy merchandise all over. He even has his own candy store and candy line! The first piece of merch that Goofy was ever on was a deck of playing cards. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess which card he was on. It was the joker, of course.

9. Species

Not too long ago a rumor went viral that Goofy is a cow, not a dog. The rumor most likely is from a humorous fictional article that was never intended to be taken as fact. Many people still believed it, some do to this day. Goofy is indeed a dog with human-like features. The fact that he was originally named Dippy Dawg is proof enough that Walt Disney created a dog, not a cow.

10. Visit His House 

After hearing all these fun facts about Goofy does that make you want to go visit his house? Well if you’re at Disneyland in California you can do that. If he has his very own house that you are able to visit and take pictures of. Goofy’s Playhouse is located in Mickey’s Toontown. You can also fly through the air with him at Goofy’s Sky School. At Walt Disney World, you can fly in Goofy’s stunt plane. It’s called The Barnstormer, and it’s the perfect first coaster for little ones. Adults love it as well.

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