How to Play Football

A Goofy Cartoon

Release Date : September 15, 1944

Running Time : 7:38


The Goofies of Taxidermy Tech take on the Goofies of Anthropology A and M.




Charles Nichols
George Nicholas
Norman Tate
Marvin Woodward
Andy Engman
Leonard Kester
Bruce Bushman
Harry Reeves
Rex Cox
Oliver Wallace


Nominated for an Academy Award (Short Subjects - Cartoons)

Inside Jokes

As is usual with most of the Goofy team sports shorts, the players' names are names of Disney people; in this case including (Clyde) Geronomi, (Don) DeGradi and (John) Sibley. One of the players is named "Moose Williams". This is a reference to Roy Williams, storyman and future Mouseketeer on the "Mickey Mouse Club.


United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 6 : More Sport Goofy
Goofy Over Sports
Goofy Fait le Fou
Il Mondo Di Pippo


United States
Disney Cartoon Parade Volume 5


Cartoon Classics : More Sport Goofy
It's a Goofy World


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 5 : Extreme Sports Fun
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 5 : Extreme Sports Fun
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 3: Sport Goofy
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 73
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 31

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 Baruch Weiss : This is the second Disney short to have the closing iris close in a shape. In this case it's (appropriately enough) a football. The first one would be Peculiar Penguins where the iris closes out into a heart shape.
From Dino Cencia : This sport Goofy cartoon is best! I love to play football. Outside out on a field, or in my backyard. I give it 900 out 900.
From Bryan Hensley : This short is in volume 5 of Disney's Classic Cartoon Favorites collection, all about sports! I remember the crowd getting loud when the narrator describes how to play football! Good thing the DVD's subtitles cleared it up! The scene where the narrator says "This is a real blow to the coach" and the coach swallows his cigar, was reused in Double Dribble! Even the narrator was getting hysterical with the crowd, as he chewed his microphone while speaking! Around that time, the coach was binge-smoking over Swivel-hips Smith. (A bunch of cigars in his mouth at one time. YIKES!) I never heard of a football game having a team beat the other by half-a-point! The coach was crazy in the end, and the "Looney bin" Goofys tied him up as if he were a demented lunatic! His eyes were rolling! He tried various ways to make his team "GET OUT THERE AND FIGHT!" Did you know that this short was redone a little in the 2007 short How To Hook Up Your Home Theater? (It was meant for Goofy's High-definition TV.) There's a whole lot of hilarious gags in here too: literally barking signals, working like a well-oiled machine, and shouting faster and faster with a player's voice getting higher, the wave and steel wall of football players and the coach being nuts! I hope all of you sports fans enjoy this Goofy short, as well as us Disney fans!
From Mike : This is a very funny short full of sight gags. I don't think you can award half a point for a kick but that's just me.

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