El Gaucho Goofy

from "Saludos Amigos"

Release Date : February 6, 1943


Goofy is transplanted from being an old west cowboy to become a gaucho in South America.


Horse II (unnamed)
Ostrich (unnamed)


Wolfgang Reitherman

Cut Scenes

In the most recent video release of this short, a cigar that Goofy is smoking has been removed using CGI editing.


United States
Saludos Amigos
Saludos Amigos
Drei Caballeros im Sambafieber
Saludos Amigos
Paperino nel Far West


United States
Saludos Amigos
Saludos Amigos


Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 64

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 Sergio Scarinci : The animal appearing in this short is not an ostrich, it's a rhea that is similar and is from Argentina.
From Jerry Edwards : One of the four shorts that comprise the short film Saludos Amigos. This is basically part of the Goofy "How To.." series, in which Goofy shows how NOT TO be a gaucho. Goofy is an American cowboy who is transported to the pampas of Argentina. The funniest scene for me is, after Goofy has captured an Argentine ostrich with bolas, the sequence is shown in slow motion to capture the "grace and beauty" of the action. But, the slow motion only reveals Goofy's clumsiness as he gets himself, his horse, and the bird tangled up together in the bolas.

The short is nicely done, but I've never been a fan of Goofy's "How To..." series.

This short is fun, but is not among my favorites.

From Ryan : I have only seen this short about once or twice in my lifetime. It's another one of those "How to" shorts. This time Goofy is demonstrating the fine art of being a gaucho. The short shows Goofy trying to ride an ostrich. This is just like in the 1928 Mickey short Gallopin' Gaucho. I don't get it. There aren't any ostriches in South America (they live only in Africa). I liked watching this short, but I wouldn't call it one of my favorites.
From Baruch Weiss : This is a great short where Goofy tries, but doesn't succeed, to capture an ostrich. This segment was later released as a short subject with an opening that should be familiar to Disney video collectors as it was later used later on home video as part of those wonderful, successful "Cartoon Classics, a delightful series of cartoon programs featuring your favorite Disney characters!"
From Christian : One of the many "How to" shorts featuring Goofy. An interesting short, too, as "How to be a Cowboy" could have evolved into this short.
From Billy Joe : It's a funny short the is packaged in Saludos Amigos. It has many gags featuring my favorite when the narrator says Goofy can make a bed on top of the horse, and the horse turns over making the bed on Goofy.
From Laura Cross : Yeah, I thought this cartoon was pretty good except for one little thing that ticked me off. I came across a German website and, even though I could not understand the language, it was made clear that Goofy's cigarette was edited out! While I myself don't approve of smoking, I sent in a complaint letter to Disney asking for an uncensored DVD copy of El Gaucho Goofy. And I hope for it to come soon.
From Bryan Hensley : This short is a part of Disney's 6th animated classic: Saludos Amigos. Which is also a part of Disney's Classic Caballeros Collection on DVD since 2008! In this short on said double-feature DVD, I never saw Goofy smoking anything! At least he tried to become a gaucho! Right down to eating a knife with his meat and bread! (He was supposed to cut the meat with it, ouch!) Slow-motion can come in handy to see Goofy be himself! Tying up South American ostriches can be tough for him, even with bolas! "Did he say bolas? Caramba!" Later on, we see Goofy doing Latin dances with his horse! Right down to his clothes popping off and dancing with him! Near the end, Goofy was sent back to our Western part of our country and said to the people, "Hasta la vista. Adios amigos!" He was way ahead of Arnold Schwarzenegger when it came to that phrase! Is outdoor barbequing on a charcoal grill on the ground still popular in South America these days?

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