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Motor Mania

A Goofy Cartoon

Release Date : June 30, 1950

Running Time : 6:40

Synopsis

Goofy plays Mr. Walker: a kind hearted soul until he gets behind the wheel of his car and, like Dr. Jekyll turning into Mr. Hyde, he becomes Mr. Wheeler and his personality completely changes.

Characters

Goofy

Credits

Director
Jack Kinney
Animation
John Sibley
Charles Nichols
Edwin Aardal
Backgrounds
Claude Coats
Effects Animation
Jack Boyd
Layout
Al Zinnen
Story
Dick Kinney
Milt Schaffer
Music
Paul J. Smith

Video

United States
The Wind in the Willows
Germany
Motor Mania
France
Le Meilleur de Dingo
Goofy Fait le Fou
Italy
Il Mondo Di Pippo
I Capolavori di Pippo

Laserdiscs

Japan
It's a Goofy World

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
A Goofy Movie
Germany
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

Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 64
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 46
Walt Disney Presents: The Goofy Success Story

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 Tom Wilkins : The perfect cartoon that describes today's drivers. Where do they find these people and why do we give them licenses? You can't ask for a better character than Goofy to play the driver's role (and no wonder the driving cartoons from the 60's were inspired by Motor Mania). Keep your eyes out, however, for a potential blooper: in the middle of the film, Goofy's car (the yellow one) is furthest to the right during the "stop-n-go" segments, then Goofy slams into the traffic light in the median.
From Sam : Anyone who's ever driven has no doubt come across someone like Mr. Wheeler. Goofy takes on split personalities in this short as he demonstrates how not to drive. Though this film features a vast departure form Goofy's usual persona, it's still packs quite a comedic punch, especially for drivers.
From Kevin Allen : This among the funniest Goofy cartoons ever. Goofy, or Mr. Wheeler, wrote the book on road rage. The basic character remains the same today.
From Baruch Weiss : This cartoon has become a favorite in drivers ED. It's also one of my favorites. I get a good laugh at the part where Goofy is waiting for a green light and the narrator says "Signals ohh 30 seconds gone from your life." Then the Goof starts to loose his temper and says "gee wizz ohh dear me dang busted."
From Peter Knowles : Absolutely the funniest cartoon I have ever seen. The way Mr. Walker transforms into Mr Wheeler as he cranks the motor is just a perfect way to set the scene for what follows - absolute mayhem.
From Andrew Allenton : This was the best cartoon film which has excellent safety teachings for the modern day motorist. Very highly rated in my opinion.
From Happy : This is one of my favorites! I always laughed everytime I watched this. My favorite scenes are as follows: The first one is when he pulls out of the driveway in full speed, nearly hitting Mr. Geef and he shouts "Hey Geef, watch where you're going stupid!" The second one is when he races the cars and the narrator says "Oh, so they wanna race eh? Well they ain't gonna get ahead of me!" Finally, when his car gets towed and he is still in the car, shouting at the tow driver. The narrator goes "Too bad Mr. Wheeler you've broken you toy." He says something afterwards that makes Mr. Wheeler look at him and say very bluntly, "Aw shaddap!" I miss watching this short! I can't wait to see it again one day!
From Jenn Chernowetz : I used to watch this on the Disney Channel as a small child in the early 80's, and this cartoon stuck with me. Some of my driving know-how came from this short cartoon, things I learned that I always remembered, like the need to accelerate when merging onto a highway, not brake. I found this funny as a child, and still do as an adult.
From Trae Robinson : This is a pretty good cartoon with Goofy. I notice something different about this short. Goofy's voice sounds really different in this short. And he mentions his later character, George Geef. And Goofy has new theme music which sounds jazzy.
From Gary : I was born in 1951, We didn't have a television until around 1957 and everything we saw was in black and white. It wasn't till sometime in the sixties that I saw this cartoon. Scenes from this cartoon stuck with me all of my life, I am 57 years old now...I started collecting vintage cartoons a couple of years ago and I purchased a Walt Disney animated, educational film that was about dealing with stress, hoping it was this cartoon, It wasn't of course. Then last week I found a copy on the net and purchased it. It is in the mail, I can't wait to see it again. For a cartoon to stick in my mind for 50 years without ever seeing it again says something about the impact it had on a six year old. WOW!
From Bart Schwarz : I have taught driver education now for 26 years. I can also attest to the fact that Motor Mania was one the films that captured and made an impression upon my mind back in 1974 as a sophomore in high school. The first time I showed the film as a teacher in the mid eighties it seemed like I had seen it the week before! One funny note is that I ask the students to see if they notice anything unusual about the film/DVD, I have noticed that Mr. Wheeler is in the right hand lane racing down the road and ultimately crashes into a pole in the center divider/island. The DVD I have purchased recently includes Freeway Phobia where Goofy portrays four characters: Neglecterus Maximus, Motoramus Figitus, Drivarious Timidicus, Stupidicus Ultimus. Even after all of these years my students absolutely love these two shows. These are two great timeless classics!

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