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Gawrsh: Celebrating 80 Goofy Years

Gawrsh: Celebrating 80 Goofy Years

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The "top dog" in the Wonderful World of Disney is celebrating his 80th birthday.  One of Walt Disney's classic "Fab Five" animated characters, Goofy first stumbled onto the silver screen on May 25th, 1932 in a cartoon called "Mickey's Revue."  Originally named Dippy Dawg, the droopy-eared, buck- tooth, bespectacled, hat wearing dog, Goofy has appeared in more than 100 animated flicks and dozens of television productions including the current "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" on Disney Channel.


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Disney animator Art Babbitt said " ... think of Goof as a composite of an everlasting optimist, a gullible Good Samaritan ... No matter what happens, he accepts it finally as being for the best, or at least amusing."  While Goofy debuted in 1932, his first film credit as Goofy was in his seventh film in 1934 in the "Orphan's Benefit" animated short.


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In his long animated career, Goofy has played polo, football and baseball.  He has been a ghost hunter, a boat builder and a clock cleaner.  He has provided audiences with hours of laughter with his "How To" animated series where he has instructed fans on "How to Be a Sailor," "How to Play Golf," and more recently "How to Hook Up Your Home Theater."


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Goofy is also a father to Max resulting in the father and son duo landing their own TV series "Goof Troop" in the 1990's.  The television show catapulted Goofy and Max onto the big screen in their own animated films "A Goofy Movie" in 1995 and "An Extremely Goofy Movie" in 2000.


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During his eight-decades in show business, a number of actors have lent their voice talents to Goofy.  The character was originally voiced by one-time circus clown and animation story man Vance Pinto Colvig. Since 1986 Bill Farmer has been credited as the official voice of Goofy.  A comedian and impressionist, who worked on radio and television, Farmer auditioned for the role not knowing if he would provide the voice once, twice or a thousand times.  He has since made a career out of speaking for Goofy more than three thousand times over the past 25-plus years.   His vocal talent as Goofy earned Farmer the special honor of being named a Disney Legend in 2009.


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As Walt Disney observed, Goofy "has always been a modest, unassuming fellow, one who's never let fame go to his head."  As fans wish Goofy a special Happy Birthday, he is likely to respond to all of the attention with a deep rose-colored blush and his signature saying, "Gawrsh."  Happy Birthday, Goofy!


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  • Love the Goof. Drop him in any scenario and he takes over, and that yell is immortal. Reading Neal Gabler's bio of Walt, it doesn't seem Ol' Walt was fond of the old cartoons, but hey, his loss.

  • Geez, it seems just like yesterday I was performing in the Goofy Parade at Disneyland...for his 60th...20 years ago :/

  • hard to believe goofy is the big 80 hope he is around for 80 more years or so. just proves even a timeless character like goofy  can age but be forever young

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