Shade #13: How to Dance (1953)
Starring: Goofy as George Geef
Setting: Various Settings
Plot: The history of dance as told through Goofy - from cavemen to contemporary man.
Box of Chocolates:
This short is one of many from the Goofy "How to..." series.
During the 50s Goofy was transformed from the bachelor, southern yokel to George Geef ("Everyman") who is often married with a son.
As Geef, Goofy is even drawn different with varying features. He becomes even less dog-like and more human.
Humans appear in this short as well. This must be a trend in the later cartoons.
The aforementioned humans made up "The Firehouse Five Plus Two" which was an actual Dixieland jazz band comprised of Disney Animators.
The Morning After:
Men do a lot of stupid things to attract and impress women and dancing is one of them. Speaking of "stupid things," I'm not a big fan of this later incarnation of Goofy as George Geef. I don't understand why Disney felt the need to change his name and design. Goofy isn't even in the world of Mickey and Donald anymore and is just living amongst other "Goofys" - they have completely watered down and marginalized the character. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy the "How To..." shorts, I just don't like what they did to Goofy's brand.