Day 7: Goofy and Wilbur (1939)
Starring: Goofy and Wilbur
Setting: A southern fishing hole.
Plot: Goofy gets a lesson in the food chain while he and his pal Wilbur go fishing.
This is Goofy’s first solo short and the first and only appearance of Wilbur the grasshopper in a Classic Short.
However, Wilbur does make the occasional appearances in the baby show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006 – present).
Due to Pinto Colvig's mysterious departure from the Disney company, George Johnson takes over as the voice of Goofy. Strange that this change also coincides with Goofy's first solo short... coincidence or something more sinister (more on this at some point)???
Just like Mickey in Fishin Around, Goofy ignores a “No Fishing” sign. Finding legal watering holes must’ve been a thing in the ‘30s.
When Goofy loses his glove it’s revealed that he has flesh coloured hands to match his face. Weird.
While this episode does provide insight into the food chain, it doesn’t do much for biology with Wilbur, who was apparently eaten by the stork, then reappearing no-wrose-for-wear in the bird’s hatched egg.
Sitting by the Campfire
The Goofy character would go through a lot of changes with the How to… years and then his unfortunate turn as suburban everyman Max Geef but, here, he appears as he was always meant to be: a clumsy, country bumpkin with a good heart and adventurous spirit. Goofy does take a bit of a backseat to Wilbur though as he only really gets in on the action once Wilbur gets eaten by the frog. Goofy and Wilbur’s chemistry is so good though it really is a shame we didn’t get a series of the duo’s adventures. Even still, Goofy’s loyalty and charm are on full display as the dim dawg shows why he’s still my favourite Disney character of ALL TIME!