How to Swim

A Goofy Cartoon

Release Date : October 23, 1942

Running Time : 7:36


An educational treatise on swimming and diving, as only Goofy can teach us how.




Jack Kinney
Jack Gayek


United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 6 : More Sport Goofy
Goofy Over Sports
Goofys Lustige Olympiade
Goofys Lustige Sportschau
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
Have a Laugh : Volume 4
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 3 : Starring Goofy
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Alle Lieben Goofy
Tout le Monde aime Goofy
Il Mio Eroe Pippo
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 3 : Starring Goofy
Have a Laugh : Volume 4
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Alla Alskar Langben
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Everybody Loves Goofy


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 3: Sport Goofy
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 66
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 33

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 Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : Another day, another Goofy “How To” short means another happy day for me. I love the Goof, and especially when he’s used so well. This is another case of the animators using Goofy’s gangly frame as a fantastic way to illustrate an athletic endeavor. Swimming is a great use of that.

Again in this short, the animators take great pains to make the subject interesting and imaginative, beyond what you would expect. The first part of the short does a great job with that, putting Goofy on a rolling stool to demonstrate the proper form for swimming. We get to see Goofy “swimming” around the house, which lends itself to some precarious situations.

Through the house, out onto the street and eventually back into the bathtub – through it all Goofy keeps his silly grin, and his limbs go flailing about. Seeing him gliding through the street as cars pile up behind him is a classic Goofy moment.

The beach locker also offers some great moments of humor, as the tall, lanky Goofy gets crammed into a tiny little locker, where the narrator says that he is supposed to change clothes. You can imagine how this goes. The twisting, turning and shifting around causes the locker to start bouncing, knocking down the other lockers and then eventually dropping Goofy into the ocean.

Goofy’s cluelessness at the fact that he’s underwater is laugh out loud funny. Even as he ends up getting submerged completely, the Goof still sits there and eats his lunch, happily chewing away. It was flat out hilarious.

But by far my favorite part of the short is the cramping. Of course, after he eats underwater, Goofy gets cramps. The narrator tells us that a cramp feels like your muscles being tied in knots, so the animation shows us Goofy’s hose like limbs literally tying themselves into knots. If you have ever had a cramp, it’s so very true, and this short made it fantastically funny.

How To Swim ends with a great shot of Goofy having been slapped around by the waves, now relaxing on an island surrounded by Goofy mermaids. It’s this kind of silliness and innovative humor that makes the Goofy “How To” shorts so memorable, and why I love them so much.

From Tom Wilkins : Anyone who wears the bathing suit today that Goofy wore at the beginning of the cartoon would be jailed by the fashion police, but he gets his when he pretends to drown in the bathtub after swimming in thin air. Lack of claustrophobia gets him all wet, then literally tied up in knots but does not teach us about first aid with his clumsy diving into an empty tank! But at least he could skim water very well when he gets catapulted from a certain "Hawaii Five-Uh-Oh" situation. I wonder how he got to his personalized island and got the royal treatment!
From Baruch Weiss : I liked the ending of this short where Hawaiian music plays as the cartoon closes.
From Dino Cencia : This Goofy cartoon is awesome! Goofy's bathing suit is cool. He learns how to strokes on a piano stool making him like he's a real swimmer. I know how to swim and I could practice how to swim like breathing, also stroke a on a piano stool and do a windmill stroke and move my arms like Goofy does in the cartoon. Also, the funny part was Goofy trying to get in the beach locker but he's too big and moves around in the locker taking his pants off and the locker knocks over the lockers. That was funny. Also, other funny parts were Goofy diving into an empty tank (crash!) and the narrarator says: "It is customary to have to the pool filled with water". That part was funny too. Also, last Goofy goes flying and skips on the water to an island and he relaxes on the island with girls around him. That is a good cartoon to watch of how to swim. I give it 50 out of 50.