Season 2, Episode 13: “Goofy’s First Love” 1/9/15
Starring: Goofy, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
Co-starring: Minnie Mouse
Featuring: Scrooge McDuck
A Cameo By: Daisy Duck and Clarabelle Cow
Setting: Around town
Plot: When Goofy falls in love, Mickey and Donald try to gussy him up in order to woo his crush.
I love the idea of Mickey, Donald and Goofy just hanging out in a 50s diner. Then, once Donald and Mickey become Goofy’s wingmen, the short gives off a super cartoony Swingers (1996) vibe.
The diner also has a sign for a “Drive-Thru.” I’ve never seen a diner with a drive-thru window before.
We often forget about Goofy’s country background but we are reminded when he offers his crush some “Southern Hospitality.”
Goofy screaming “WHAT?!?!? YOU SAY SOMETHING DONALD!?!??!” while Mickey plugs his ears is among Goofy’s funniest moments of the series (that’s saying something!) and the best of this short.
This is Scrooge McDuck’s first appearance of the series. He actually never had a presence in the classic Disney animated shorts and was best known as the star of Carl Bark’s famed “Uncle Scrooge” (1952 – 1967) comic book series.
Scrooge would later become a television icon with starring roles in both Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) and then DuckTales (1987 – 1990).
95-year-old Alan Young reprises his role as Scrooge McDuck of whom he’s provided the voice since 1974.
Here, both Scrooge’s butler (not Duckworth) and mansion are different incarnations from previous appearances.
We get the famed “Goofy holler” as he’s flung from the skyscraper.
It turns out the waitress who Mickey and Donald thought Goofy had no shot with was interested in him after all. The only problem is that Goofy is in love with the sandwich and not the girl.
In the wedding scene, Mickey and Donald serve as Goofy’s groomsmen while Minnie and Daisy appear as the sandwich’s bridesmaids. Also in attendance are Scrooge and Clarabelle Cow.
I had just mentioned how Goofy and Daisy have never appeared in a short together in my review for Mickey Monkey and then, just like that, they finally do!
Final Grade: A-
This is one of the better Mickey/Donald/Goofy shorts thus far. The end reveal of Goofy’s love for his sandwich was fine but everything leading up to it was very well done. I especially like this episode’s use of characters with the inclusion of Scrooge McDuck as the highlight (seriously, who would’ve thought a Goofy love story would be his entry point?). Plus, the series of repeat gags (Minnie’s makeup, getting booted from Scrooge’s and the skyscraper fling) are among some of this series’ best uses of slapstick.