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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Various
Cast:
Goofy
Writing Credits:
Various

Synopsis:
It's nonstop laughs as Goofy, the world's wackiest hound dog, returns in a hilarious collection of his greatest cartoon shorts. The whole family will enjoy Goofy's patented brand of comedy chaos. Travel to the circus as Goofy matches wits with Delores the elephant (guess who wins?) in "The Big Wash," and laugh out loud when the loveable loser leaves his house in shambles after helping out with the household chores in "Father's Day Off." You'll love every minute of Goofy's outrageous antics in this delightful collection, overflowing with the magic of Disney animation.

MPAA:
Rated NR

DVD DETAILS
Presentation:
Fullscreen 1.33:1
Audio:
English Monaural
Subtitles:
English
Closed-captioned

Runtime: 64 min.
Price: $14.99
Release Date: 1/11/2005

Bonus:
• Sneak Peeks


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Starring Goofy: Walt Disney Classic Cartoon Favorites (Volume III) (2005)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (January 19, 2005)

With the wonderful “Walt Disney Treasures” sets meant for the serious collectors, we now get another series aimed more at casual fans of animation. Entitled Starring Goofy, this one presents nine of the character’s adventures in one package.

Those die-hard fans will already own all of these shorts via the Complete Goofy set.

For each short, I’ll offer the following information: the year in which it was produced and its director. I’ll also provide a quick synopsis of the cartoon plus my number grade for each one done on a scale of 1 to 10.

The Art of Skiing (1941, J. Kinney): A narrator tells us how to ski while Goofy ineptly demonstrates. Lots of people love these Goofy “instructional” cartoons, but they just don’t do a lot for me. As with most, “Skiing” is cute but not much more than that. 5/10.

How to Fish (1942, J. Kinney): This one uses the same format as “Skiing” except with a focus on fishing. That means it presents the same strengths and weaknesses. 5/10.

How to Swim (1942, J. Kinney): Unsurprisingly, this one works like its two predecessors as it takes a humorous poke at swimming. It’s a little funnier than the other two, but not by much. 6/10.

Baggage Buster (1941, J. Kinney): Goofy runs into obstacles when he tries to put a magician’s trunk on a train. Thankfully, this isn’t another “How To” short. There’s virtually no dialogue, and the tricky trunk offers lots of changes for clever bits. It’s one of the stronger Goofy shorts. 8/10.

How to Dance (1953, J. Kinney): Goofy - or Mr. Geef, as he’s known here and in other shorts of the Fifties - shows us methods of dancing. Back to the old standard set-up and a cartoon that doesn’t go much of anywhere. 4/10.

Lion Down (1951, J. Kinney): When Goofy brings a new tree into his yard, he also imports a lazy lion. This short enjoys possibly the oddest conceit ever, but it manages some decent humor. Actually, it often feels more like a Warner Bros. cartoon. It lacks the manic energy of that studio’s work but feels like the kind of thing they’d have done. 6/10.

The Big Wash (1948, C. Geronimi): Goofy cares for a circus elephant. This one takes a cutesy bent for the most part, but it’s generally amusing. The Goof’s attempts to do his job offer occasional moments of creativity. 6/10.

Hold That Pose (1950, J. Kinney): Goofy takes up photography as a hobby. One the surface, this one looks like a “How To” under another name. However, this one’s better than usual, mostly due to Goofy’s run-in with a bear. 7/10.

Father’s Day Off (1953, J. Kinney): Goofy tries to take care of domestic chores. I always thought it was odd when Goofy got married and had a kid in the Fifties, but it resulted in some decent shorts. This one’s not great, but it’s reasonably entertaining as it spoofs modern lifestyles. 6/10.


The DVD Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B/ Bonus D-

Starring Goofy appears in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 on this single-sided, single-layered DVD; due to those dimensions, the image has not been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. All the Disney sets present good visuals, but Goofy was one of the best-looking of the bunch.

With material of this vintage, print flaws usually cause the most substantial problems. However, Goofy seemed surprisingly clean from start to finish. The worst concern related to light grain, which presented a small distraction, but it showed up pretty frequently. The shorts also appeared slightly dirty at times. Nonetheless, they displayed almost no signs of grit, speckles, scratches, or other issues that one would normally find in older films. The cartoons looked nicely fresh given their advanced age.

Sharpness consistently looked better than adequate. Some of the shorts displayed minor softness, but those concerns remained fairly insubstantial. As a whole, the cartoons came across as well-defined and clear. Jagged edges and moiré effects also presented no problems, but I did notice some slight edge enhancement at times. A few shorts also displayed an odd streaky glow that came from the tops of characters’ heads.

Colors appeared generally positive. The grain and dirt made them seem slightly dingy at times, but usually the tones came across as nicely vivid and bright. The cartoons mostly featured hues that looked as lively as we’d expect of this sort of material. Black levels were deep and rich, while shadow detail appeared appropriately heavy in the few scenes that featured low-light material.

On a positive note, the quality of the picture improved noticeably as the years passed. While the early cartoons still looked quite good, the later ones presented very solid visuals. At their worst, the elements of Starring Goofy still definitely surpassed those of most older films, but the more modern – though still fairly aged – shorts led me to give the set a “B+” for image.

The monaural audio of Starring Goofy also seemed fairly solid given the age of the material. Dialogue – which appeared mostly via narration – occasionally displayed some slight edginess and could sound a bit brittle. However, speech usually came across as acceptably natural and distinct, and I encountered no issues related to edginess. Effects sounded mildly distorted on occasion, but they also showed no substantial problems. They lacked great dynamic range, but they were reasonably clean and accurate.

Finally, music seemed a little rough at times. Nonetheless, the score and songs heard during the cartoons mostly sounded bright and lively, and the minor distortion created no real issues. Between the music and the effects, some moderate bass response appeared at times. Nothing terribly deep showed up, but the low-end seemed more than acceptable for films so old. The majority of the shorts suffered from no problems related to hum, popping, or other noise, as those issues seemed almost totally absent from the cartoons.

Although the improvements seemed more modest, the sound quality also improved noticeably as the shorts became newer. They still didn’t appear particularly special, but the more recent cartoons presented somewhat cleaner and more vibrant material. In the end, Goofy provided audio that has held up fairly well over the decades.

No significant extras appear on Starring Goofy. We get a collection of ads in the Sneak Peeks domain. This includes promos for Bambi, Cinderella, Mulan II, and a two-disc set with Porco Rosso, Nausicaa and The Cat Returns

Of all the Disney regulars, Goofy remains my least favorite. Despite the studio’s many attempts to rework the character, few proved satisfying, and that comes through in this erratic set of shorts. None are bad, and a few are pretty good, but they don’t rank with Disney’s best stuff.

The DVD offers consistently good picture along with adequate audio. No real extras appear on the disc, though. Anyone who already owns the Complete Goofy set has no reason whatsoever to pick up this one; they’ll already have all of its cartoons. If you just want a small sampling of Goofy’s exploits, however, Starring isn’t a bad place to go.

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