The Art of Self Defense

A Goofy Cartoon

Release Date : December 26, 1941

Running Time : 7:49


Goofy defends himself through a history of the manly arts through the ages.




Jack Kinney
Ralph Wright
Rex Cox
Art Babbitt
Jack Gayek


United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 6 : More Sport Goofy
Goofy Over Sports
Goofys Lustige Olympiade
Goofys Lustige Sportschau
Donald et Dingo allias Goofy Champions Olympiques
Pippo Olimpionico
Pippo Star delle Olimpiadi


United States
Disney Cartoon Parade Volume 5


Cartoon Classics : More Sport Goofy
Goofy's All Star Olympics


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 35: More Sport Goofy

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.


From Gijs Grob : Focusing primarily on boxing, this cartoon has historical significance: it is the first short in which Goofy is shown to have multiple duplicates, who apparently populated the earth throughout history. Although the 'real' clumsy Goofy clearly appears halfway the film, this cartoon is a major step in Goofy's transition from a unique character into an everyman. Soon, whole sport teams would consist of multiple Goofs, in which the different players would have different names(!). Notice, that Goofy's copies do not necessarily share his good nature or his clumsiness (actually, this cartoon contains quite some aggressive violence, like two Egyptian Goofs poking each other's eyes out). Notice, too, that no other famous character shares this ability of becoming everybody. There are no cartoons with multiple Mickeys or Donalds (nephews and better selfs do not count), nor are there multiple Bugs Bunnies, Daffy Ducks etc.
From Baruch Weiss : I love this short for 2 reasons :

1.It had Goofy in it.

2.In the sequence where Goofy walks into the gym there is a nice music score which was also used during the closing theme. I also noticed Goofy's gorilla yell was similar from "Dumbo"and Mickeys Garden.

From Dino Cencia : My favorite part is this short is when Goofy was at the fighting arena and he was about to fight a tough guy in the arena and made a gorilla yell from Mickeys Garden. That was really funny and also funny was Goofy's shadow and Goofy were practice fighting and Goofy's shadow really won. I give this a 842 out of 842.

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