Day 13: How to Fish (1942)
Setting: At home and the Smoky Mountains
Plot: Avid fisherman Goofy gives us insight into the art of fishing.
As, perhaps, a harbinger of things to come, Goofy is reading a “How to Fish” book in the promotional poster for Goofy and Wilbur (1939).
And, with the device of this short actually being an illustrated instructional manual, maybe this IS the aforementioned book and we’re experiencing some sort of Goofy inception.
Based on Goofy’s home décor, he appears to be rather the accomplished fisherman. However, the part of the short where he’s actually fishing suggests otherwise. Maybe he just bought all of those taxidermied fish.
Goofy’s fish of choice is the Mountain Trout which is most commonly found in the Smoky Mountains along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. This is keeping with Goofy’s Southern heritage.
Perhaps the most important piece of advice the narrator gives us is to “slip up quietly through a shrub or a bush and don’t let the fish see you coming!”
Due to Goofy’s clumsiness, a tree ends up casting and catching him!
The music while Goofy is trying to reel in his boat’s motor is evocative of the disjointed and chaotic number from Mickey’s Symphony Hour (1942) of which premiered just a few months prior.
Sitting by the Campfire
This is the third and final How to… short for this series which leaves me with mixed feelings. And, while I can appreciate the formula of these cartoons, I do miss Goofy’s voice – especially a well-placed “gawrsh” or his signature Goofy Holler. Goofy as an outdoorsman and an athlete does really help to contribute to our summer theme though. Summertime is all about the outdoors and doing and not so much about sitting inside your living room blogging.