Season 2, Episode 15: “Workin’ Stiff” 2/20/15
Starring: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy
Setting: A business/factory
Plot: It’s the day of his big job interview but Goofy’s narcolepsy has taken over. Thankfully, his pals, Mickey and Donald, are there to help him get through the day.
This is Goofy’s second episode of which deals with his sleeping issues. First, it was his sleepwalking in Sleepwalkin’ and now it’s his narcolepsy.
To that end, is it a coincidence that both of these episodes use the informal colloquialism of replacing the “g” in the “ing” with an apostrophe? Or, is this a Goofy thing? Stayin’ Cool actually did this as well.
Is the nameless interviewee/boss of the company a bug? He doesn’t really look like one other than the two antennas sticking out of his head?
Actually, if you read his name plate, the boss’ name might be “Dale” something-or-other.
Without using an actual corpse, this is probably as close as we’ll get to Disney’s version of Weekend at Bernie’s (1989).
During the violent outburst of his nightmare, Goofy inadvertently helped the interviewee work through his father issues. In fact, this is how Goofy got himself hired.
The job Goofy was interviewing for? A crash test dummy.
Why would this company be hiring “people” to work as crash test dummies when (as we see later) they already have actual dummies to do the job? Why waste the money and, more importantly, why severely injure or even kill your employees???
Speaking of which, Goofy manages to wake up and escape his fate as a dummy hurtling towards serious injury and/or death while Mickey and Donald aren’t so lucky. RIP??? LOLZ!!!
Final Grade: B-
It’s hard to be too over-the-top when you’re a cartoon but this one was just absurd and not necessarily in a fun way. Plus, it plays like a combination of the plots of Sleepwalkin’ and Goofy’s First Love. I’m really digging the idea of Mickey and Donald being so tight with Goofy that they’d help him out like this but the whole scene (nightmare/violence) during the interview and the final shot of Mickey and Donald being rewarded for their efforts by crashing into a wall were a bit much.
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