Day 17: Two Weeks Vacation (1952)
Setting: The American Southwest
Plot: A hapless corporate stooge sets out on a road trip driving across America.
This is an offering from Goofy’s Everyman series as evidenced by his modified look.
More specifically, Goofy’s trademark, gap-toothed grin is replaced by a bucktoothed, rabbit look. His eyes are also different – replaced is the monolithic, one eyeball and now it’s a traditional, two-eyeball look.
Goofy still has the unseen narrator but has also recovered his voice which is provided by Pinto Colvig.
From where Goofy’s finger starts on his map, it looks like he’s starting his trip from Utah but that can’t possibly be true.
Among the specific things and places Goofy plans to do and visit are to fish in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin, watch the sunrise in the Rockies and hunt in the North Woods (which encompasses the northern parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan).
The trailer Goofy encounters resembles the one from Mickey’s Trailer (1938).
The mechanic looks like a mix between Goofy and Pete. Or, maybe he’s just a really fat Goofy.
Speaking of which, Goofy isn’t the only one embarking on a two week vacation, the mechanic has also left for one of his own.
With the barren landscape filled with cacti and the adobe style motel, I’d guess this road trip takes place in the American Southwest.
Also similar to Mickey’s Trailer, whoever is supposed to be driving also abandons their post and, here, Goofy coincidentally finds himself in the driver’s seat much like he did fourteen years earlier.
Why is Goofy pulled over and ultimately jailed? Is it for speeding, reckless driving, abandoning a vehicle, stealing a vehicle???
That’s a nice jail that serves a sandwich, eggs sunny side up and a piece of toast for breakfast.
Sitting by the Campfire
The great American road trip has always held a place in summer lore. Unfortunately for Goofy, everything goes wrong to the extent that he even finds himself in jail. Ironically, he appears to be in the same position at the end of the episode as he was in the beginning. This short appears to be more meta than meets the eye as themes of “freedom” and “control” seem to be bubbling up to the surface. For a corporate stooge like Goofy, both freedom and control are illusions while being the same yet different all at the same time.
We love Disney. Period.