Foul Hunting

A Goofy Cartoon

Release Date : October 31, 1947

Running Time : 6:12


Goofy goes duck hunting, then the ducks go Goofy hunting.


Clementine, the Duck Decoy


Jack Hannah
Art Babbitt
Volus Jones
Al Bertino
Jack Boyd
Ralph Hullet
Yale Gracey
Dick Kinney
Bob North
Oliver Wallace

Inside Jokes

Look closely at the first pond the ducks fly over in the opening scenes. It is shaped like Goofy's head.

Cut Scenes

A scene showing Goofy looking into the barrels of his gun has been cut, although other gunfire scenes have not.


United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 8 : Sport Goofy's Vacation
Donald und Company
Sport Goofy Joue et Gagne
Donald et Company
Video Parade 2
Le Vacanze Di Pippo


United States
Disney Cartoon Parade Volume 2


At Home with Donald Duck
Celebrate with Mickey
Cartoon Carousel
Donald and Company


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 25: Goofy Goofs Around
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 69
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 27
Walt Disney Presents: At Home with Donald Duck

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 : Goofy returns to the stage in 1947’s Foul Hunting, and in a way that we really have not seen since his very early appearance in Goofy and Wilbur. No more do we have the omniscient narrator and irony of the “How To” shorts. Goofy’s not playing basketball or other sports. This is a straight forward short with Goofy as the main character and no narration. As such, it’s a little jarring.

After all, every Goofy short for some time now has featured the Goof in the role of “diagram” almost, instructing us on how to do a sport or activity while the narrator tells the viewer what’s happening. In Foul Hunting, though, Goofy takes the stage again as a real character, not a substitute for an educational diagram. Don’t get me wrong, I love those “How To” shorts, but it’s nice to see Goofy back again as a personality.

Foul Hunting does not give him much room to show off that personality, though, as it’s a fairly standard kind of short. Goofy is out hunting ducks (in a pond far away from every other hunter) and his efforts are what leads to the gags throughout the film. It starts with Goofy confusing his mechanical decoy duck with a real duck, which plays into several gags including the ending.

A big part of this short is accepting the fact that Goofy is dim-witted, which should not be hard. They really push it to the limits, though, with the ducks flying right past without Goofy noticing, for example. That’s okay because the gags, while not the funniest thing ever, are still good. Goofy works in this way because he’s able to play off the inconveniences in a light hearted way.

I love a good callback to an earlier joke, so the ending of this short really made me laugh. The confusion between the decoy and a real duck ends up having Goofy about to devour a cooked machine, with hilarious results. It’s a memorable short because it’s a return to the Goofy of his first appearance in Goofy and Wilbur. While it’s not the best short ever, it is enjoyable for that reason.

From Ryan : This is absolutely one of my favorite Goofy shorts. I enjoy all the fun gags in it such as when the duck starts swimming around in Goofy's pants after they fill up with water. Goofy shoots under the water every time the duck goes under and fills his pants with holes, causing water to leak from them. The censored scene where Goofy looks into the barrel of the gun would've been funny as well.
From Baruch Weiss : This is some kind of sport that Elmer Fudd or Porky Pig would do so I guess those two characters were sick and Goofy was standing in for them! Anyway funny cartoon, I don't know who else eats a decoy for dinner and what was Goofy wearing in his home?