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Celebrating the 88th Anniversary of Goofy

“Yaaaaaaa-hoo-hoo-hoo-hooey!”

Do you recognize the classic Goofy holler featured in his hilarious cartoon shorts? We celebrate this beloved Disney character’s birthday in the month of May. Goofy is a classic character adored by multiple generations of Disney fans. Continue reading if you want to learn more about the anniversary of Goofy!

Celebration of Goofy

Goofy’s First Appearance

Goofy made his debut in the 1932 animated short, “Mickey’s Revue.” He appeared as a nameless character with a distinctive laugh in the episode. He was well-received with moviegoers even though he wasn’t the star of this particular  cartoon. The character was soon added to more Disney animated shorts in the 1930’s.

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Did you know that he made his debut on screen under a different name? He was first called “Dippy Dawg” when he was given a name. Knowing his former name of Dippy Dawg is a fun piece of trivia to remember! However, it wasn’t long before he was renamed Goofy in a 1939 short called “Goofy & Wilbur.”

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Sports

Goofy certainly loves sports and the great outdoors! Many of his classic cartoon films featured him playing various sports and getting into crazy antics with his clumsiness. In a way, his animated sports and “How-To” adventures were inspirational to kids. It introduced them to the basics of various sports and encouraged learning new hobbies. Despite the slapstick humor, these cartoons did teach the basics of how to play certain sports and their rules. If you want to rewatch some of these classic cartoons, then try searching for them on the Disney+ streaming service.

Goofy in the 90’s – TV Show and Movie

The 1990’s reintroduced Goofy to a new generation of viewers for both TV and movie theaters. Goof Troop was a popular Disney Afternoon cartoon series that ran for 78 episodes in the early 90’s. It told the adventures of Goofy and his son Max moving to Spoonerville. They became next-door neighbors with Pete and his family. Max and PJ were best friends who shared daily adventures with their fathers. Goofy’s silly and clumsy nature often clashed with Pete, but that didn’t stop the two families from forming a special bond as friends and neighbors.

A Goofy Movie

A Goofy Movie served as a follow up to the Goof Troop cartoon series. The events of A Goofy Movie take place a few years after the end of Goof Troop. Even though Max loved his dad, he did find himself sometimes embarrassed by Goofy’s naive nature. The movie featured the father-son duo going on an adventurous road trip across the United States.

Disney Parks

You can find Goofy as a meet and greet character at every Disney theme park. Also, Goofy has an attraction to call his own at Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom. The Goofy-themed attraction is called the Barnstormer Starring the Great Goofini. It’s a junior roller coaster ride found in the back of Storybook Circus. The circus theme pairs well with the ride since it features a comical Goofy as a stunt pilot of sorts. Look around the attraction and you’ll find silly artwork of the Great Goofini’s other daring stunts.

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He also appears as Santa Goofy during the Christmas season! He’s quite silly and jolly during the holidays.

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What’s your favorite memory of meeting Goofy at either Disneyland or Walt Disney World? Tell us in the comments!

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Kevin Koszola
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