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Walt Disney Treasures
The Complete Goofy

review by Zach B.

 

 

Running Time: 326 minutes

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $32.99

Features:
Disc 1:
Leonard Maltin Introduction, The Essential Goof, Pinto Colvig: The Man Behind the Goof. DVD-ROM: Register Your DVD
Disc 2: Leonard Maltin Introduction, A Conversation with Goofy's Voice: Bill Farmer, Poster Gallery
, Memorabillia Gallery, Goofy Through the Years Gallery.. DVD-ROM: Register Your DVD

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Mono, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Two-Disc Set

Released: January 7th, 2002

 

 

Come on now, who's a more endearing Disney character than Goofy? While most of us still think of him as nothing more than Mickey's sidekick, if you go back a few generations, then you should definitely know that Goofy was a pretty major cartoon star, as he was featured as the sole star in many, many cartoons (as this complete set highlights). Many people actually prefer supporting characters like Goofy over Mickey, and why not? Look at Goofy himself. In Mickey cartoons he did get a firm place as a supporing star where he packed a few laughs, and he is much broader and perhaps even simpler than the happy-go-lucky Mickey. Personally, I find the Goofy-only cartoons a bit more humorous and even a bit more satirical.

So what happened to Goofy exactly after the run of his starring cartoons finished? He's actually remained pretty much up-front in the spotlight, especially in the 1990s. A few cartoons highlighted Goofy as a father (which I find to be quite enjoyable), something that Disney actually brought back with the 1990s series "Goof Troop" and the pretty successful 1995 animated film "A Goofy Movie" (followed by a direct-to-video sequel released in early 2000). But despite Goofy's starring roles, I'm sure he's really more remembered for being a sidekick and never acheived the giant Mickey-like status.

Whether you've seen all these cartoons before or a younger fan who really has no sense of what Goofy has done in the past, then this is the perfect collection for you. Growing up, I actually did see quite a few of these cartoons on the Disney Channel (something you'd NEVER see now, with all their generic tween-based shows and inferior animated products all while hyping their films, music and assorted crap which they get those tweens/teens to rush out and buy). So if you want to introduce someone to the "real" Goofy or want to revisit some memories, this Walt Disney Treasures set is really worth checking out.

The cartoons, like nearly all other Disney shorts, still hold up incredibly well today. And like other Disney shorts, there's a sense of true comedy and lightheartedness that cannot be denied. Just like Mickey's old cartoons, they really don't make cartoons like the ones Goofy were in anymore. The stories presented are simple, relatable and just plain effective. They really are funny and downright entertaining. Anyone can just sit down, watch one and enjoy it. Like I've said before, cartoons today are either aimed for adults and are pretty dirty or the ones for kids involve, let's face it, stupid humor. Once again, Disney has done another great service to their fans by giving you all of the Goofy-starring cartoons in a complete set. But you better hurry. Like all the other sets, this one is limited to a mere 125,000 copies.

 

All of the cartoons are presented in 1.33:1 full screen, and they all look incredibly nice. Each cartoon has been digitally mastered, and I've never seen them look this good. Despite how old they are, they really seem to be cleaned up pretty well. Some are slightly soft and grainy, but that never really is a problem or is distracting. What amazed me the most is how each cartoon looks really, really sharp. There is a great amount of detail to be seen on each, and there is a true sense of depth on the cartoons. It's really nice how cleaned up they look. And despite some other little instances, like scratches, dirt pieces or blemishes, you really won't have much to complain about here. These are as good as they're ever going to look for a long while, so do enjoy. Another superb job by Disney.

 

The cartoons are presented in two channel Dolby Digital English mono, and that's perfectly fine. All the cartoons sound crystal clear, without any kind of hissing or distortion to be distracted and annoyed by. Everything mixes in and is smoothed down together for a sharp and cohesive experience. Dynamics are obviously limited, but you can really hear every little noise as the makers of these shorts intended. What surprised me the most though was how strong and high fidelity was. That definitely is something quite nice for these shorts. In all, no complaints here. Everyone should be pleased. Also included are English closed captions via your television and English subtitles.

 

Like most Walt Disney Treasures discs, there really isn't too much but the quality of the supplements certainly overtakes the quantity. On the first disc, there is a pretty spiffy Leonard Maltin Introduction that lasts a little over two minutes. Maltin gives some background history and nice tidbits on what exactly made Goofy, how the Disney folks overcame some problems with the character and Maltin raves a bit about his favorite Goofy cartoon, "Hockey Homicide." Packed with clips from the cartoons and some stills, this is definitely worth watching.

The Essential Goof is a six-and-a-half minute look hosted by Leonard Maltin. Featuring clips of the animators working, stills, storyboards and a host of clips from assorted early Disney features and Goofy cartoons. A narration from what Art Babbitt wrote, a Disney animator, is read (by Earl Boen) against clips on the approach to Goofy played against some Goofy clips and stills. Very nice. The other featurette on this disc, lasting five-and-a-half minutes is Pinto Colvig: The Man Behind the Goof. Also featuring stills and assorted clips, this focuses on the man in Disney's story department who became the original voice of Goofy. Also hosted by Leonard Maltin, Maltin gives a great background on Colvig. There's also some interesting tidbits on him, as he voiced many other characters and was the original voice of Bozo The Clown for a series of records. Quite interesting.

On the second disc, you'll find another Leonard Maltin Introduction. Maltin explains more about Goofy, the cartoons where the disc begins, how those cartoons are different and his various personas. Maltin explains what exactly happened to Goofy (note to Maltin: "Goof Troop" was NOT on in the 1980s). The other featurette on this disc is A Conversation with Goofy's Voice: Bill Farmer. For those of you who don't know, Bill Farmer is the current voice of Goofy. This featurette, lasting nearly fourteen minutes, features (and how could it not?) Leonard Maltin asking the questions. Farmer, who seems to be quite pleasant, talks about his years growing up, his love of Goofy, his career ambitions, love of comedy, his knack for impressions (he shows off quite a lot of these), acting and much, much more. This featurette is incredibly entertaining. Some might get a little bored since there aren't any clips or stills shown as Farmer is talking, but they shouldn't since Maltin's a great interviewer and Farmer is incredibly engaging.

To top it all off, you get three kinds of still galleries (all of which are really cool): a Poster Gallery, a Memorabillia Gallery and Goofy Through the Years Gallery (some have audio options where Maltin explains a bit more on what you're looking at) You can also register your DVD if you have a DVD-ROM drive on both discs. There's your standard Walt Disney Treasures promo before the first disc begins, the cool tin case, a nice insert outlining the set and Goofy plus a cool piece of Collectible Art that features nothing but classic Goofy.

 

Disney has done it again, giving fans every single Goofy-based cartoon in another fine Walt Disney Treasures set. Packed with very engrossing extras, sparkling transfers and fine mono tracks, this is yet another collection you Disney fans need to rush out and again before they're gone. With a nice list price and that great tin packaging, need I say anymore?