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A Knight for a Day

A Goofy Cartoon

Release Date : March 8, 1946

Running Time : 7:08

Synopsis

Goofy (as Cedric) is preparing his knight, Sir Loinsteak, for a joust against Sir Cumference when an accident demands that Goofy take his place and, in the process, win the hand of the Princess Esmerelda.

Characters

Goofy
Cedric
Princess Esmerelda
Sir Cumference
Sir Lionsteak

Credits

Director
Jack Hannah
Animation
Hugh Fraser
Judge Whitaker
Eric Larson
John F. Reed
Backgrounds
Thelma Witmer
Layout
Ernie Nordli
Story
Bill Peet
Music
Oliver Wallace

Cut Scenes

Some scenes of one of the knights smoking have been cut.

Video

United States
The Sword in the Stone
Here's Goofy
Germany
Hier ist Goofy
France
Salut Goofy
Sport Goofy Joue et Gagne
Italy
Le Radici di Pippo
Le Vacanze Di Pippo

Laserdiscs

United States
Here's Donald / Here's Goofy
Japan
Sport Goofy's Vacation

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
The Sword in the Stone : 45th Anniversary Edition
Walt Disney Animation Collection : Volume 3 : The Prince and the Pauper
The Sword in the Stone
Germany
Die Hexe und der Zauberer
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Sweden
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 25: Goofy Goofs Around
The Mickey Mouse Club : January 7, 1958

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.

Comments

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : 1946 is finally here on the blog, with a new Goofy short. In A Knight for A Day, we get a nice new twist on the formula of the Goofy shorts, in a way that manages to make things feel more original. We’ve seen sports shorts before, such as the brilliance of Hockey Homicide, but in this short, the animators combine a medieval tale of jousting with the modern form of sports commentary to make a really fun piece of work.

We are introduced early on to the idea, as the short opens with an announcer building up the event that we are about to see, a joust in the courtyard of a castle. Rather than extolling the virtues of the event through flowery medieval language, the narrator uses the terminology and language of a sports announcer. It sounds like the old time radio announcers you may have heard before, in the best possible way.

The juxtaposition of the modern sports announcer with the medieval setting makes for some great comedy. The fact that Goofy is the main character only adds to that. Here again we have the case of multiple Goofys, portraying all the characters. We see the main Goof, a young squire named Cedric preparing his knight for battle. When an unfortunate accident occurs, it is up to Cedric to fill his knight’s armor and fight in his stead.

Cedric is sadly outclassed by his opponent, the cleverly named Sir Cumference. It gets to the point where even Cedric’s shield is scared and the lion on it runs away. It’s a fun gag, one of many during the jousting sequence. We get some great fun with Cedric trying to hold his own even as he figures out what to do next.

The ultimate strategy he comes up with is ingenious. Rather than let the larger man attack, he employs the old rope a dope strategy, letting the big knight tire himself out by pounding on the armor over and over again. All of this is to win the hand of a lady, who Cedric ends up with in the end.

All of this comes together to be a fun and fast moving short which is wildly entertaining. It is a true testament to the creativity of the Disney story team that they were able to take something like the formula of the Goofy shorts and stretch it to fit this format. As a sucker for medieval tales and Goofy, this one hit my sweet spot.


From Ryan : This short is goofy (no pun intended), but funny. It's another one of those Goofy look-alike shorts. I enjoy the part where the usher is handing out programs to the audience (might I remind you that in those days, people didn't use programs). I also like the part where several people are heading into the castle's courtyard to watch the event, and the drawbridge rises with a sign that reads: SORRY! SOLD OUT.
From Malik Roberts : I saw this right after "The Sword in the Stone." It's another of Walt's best productions featuring Goofy. It's a really good cartoon. The script is humorous, yet another piece of work to prove Walt Disney IS the man that made it ALL possible. A great short altogether.
From Baruch Weiss : I first saw this cartoon on a video that my folks had brought for me when I was very young and it's another Goofy look alike cartoon. You can tell as in the beginning one of the Goofs says "Get your programs here folks you'll not know one knight from another without a program." The music was also nicely done!
From Al Galen : I saw this cartoon in the television special "The Roots of Goofy" during the early 1990s. Gary Owens hosted that program. When I saw the jousting in "The Sword in the Stone", it reminded me of this Goofy short. Jousting also appears in "A Kid in King Arthur's Court". It was on The Disney Channel two decades ago. I recommend this classic animated short to fans of the Middle Ages in cinema.

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