The Art of Skiing (1941)
Setting: Sugar Bowl ski resort near Lake Tahoe, California
Plot: Goofy, vacationing at a ski resort, demonstrates “The Art of Skiing.”
This was the first short to employ the iconic “Goofy Holler.” Goofy bellows "Yaah-hoo-hoo-hooey!" as he attempts to “Shush” downhill.
The “Holler” was recorded by famed Austrian Alpine ski racer and yodeler Hannes Schroll. Schroll was also responsible for opening the Sugar Bowl Ski Resort of which this short takes place.
One of the peaks at Sugar Bowl is named “Mt. Disney” after Walt.
This short was also the precursor and inspiration for Goofy’s famous “How To” series of cartoons.
Goofy’s feathered, felt cap is known as a Tyrolean hat which is traditional wear from the Alpine region of Europe.
Apparently, “SHEEing” is the actual German pronunciation of skiing.
Putting a Bow on It:
Goofy’s unique brand of muted slapstick is in full force here and what better milieu for it than the snowy peaks and slopes of a ski resort? You can almost feel the wintry chill too as Goofy sleeps under a pile of fur coats and atop a mound of heat packs.