Hold That Pose

A Goofy Cartoon

Release Date : November 3, 1950

Running Time : 6:52


Goofy finds a new hobby to while away his free time : photography. And what better subject for the amateur photographer than nature? Ask a cantankerous grizzly bear, who doesn't seem to appreciate Goofy's attempts to get him to pose.


Humphrey the Bear


Jack Kinney
John Sibley
Edwin Aardal
Hugh Fraser
Ed Levitt
Effects Animation
Jack Boyd
Al Zinnen
Dick Kinney
Milt Schaffer
Paul J. Smith


United States
Winnie the Pooh and Friends
Goofy Präsentiert
Lachkonzert in Entenhausen
Si Disney m'etait Conte
Video Parade 16
Pippo Pluto Paperino Supershow
Pippo Pluto Paperino Supershow
Pippo Nel Pallone


United States
Winnie the Pooh and Friends
Disney's Cartoon Jubilee
Mickey and His All Stars


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 3 : Starring Goofy
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 3 : Starring Goofy
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 9: Woodlore and Humphrey
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 54
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 53
Walt Disney Presents: How to Relax

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 J. D. Weil : In viewing the short Hold That Pose there appears to be a goof-up in the film's continuity. In this picture Goofy's camera is fitted with a flashbulb attachment (which he uses on occasion), yet when he takes the bear's portrait he is clearly shown using flash powder (the whole gag is built around this). To my eyes, at least. this is not only redundant but anachronistic. If Goofy has a flashbulb, why does he need the powder? What where those gag writers thinking? It seems rather strange, even within the context of this cartoon.
From Ryan : This is supposedly the first appearance of Humphrey the Bear. However, I find that hard to believe since the bear in this short is rather nasty whereas Humphrey is a fun-loving, goofy type of bear. Perhaps the animators didn't mean for this bear to be Humphrey since he is unnamed and the reference books that say this is Humphrey's debut could be wrong.

Several fun gags in this short I enjoy are the amusement park scenes (this same amusement park is used in Father's Weekend and Straight Shooters) and the scene in the cave where Goofy turns on the flash and a Three Bears-type setting is displayed.

From Baruch Weiss : This short is quite similar to an early WB short titled 'Elmer's Candid Camera' because Elmer and goofy are photographing wildlife.
From Bryan Hensley : This short seems to be Humphrey the bear's first appearance, even though he wasn't looking the same as he did three years later in the oscar-nominated short Rugged Bear. In this short, he tried very hard to get rid of Goofy and his camera equipment! (Even if it means getting eaten alive!) At least he stopped chasing Goofy when they developed the pictures in the dark room. At the end, Humphrey had his own autographed pictures of himself back at the zoo for a dime apiece. Why would you need flash powder if the camera had a flashbulb already in it? The chase went from the zoo to a carnival, to the streets, and Goofy's apartment complex, and finally in the dark room! It's a good thing Humphrey became a fun-loving and somewhat "goofy" bear later on! It's not easy to have a hobby that involves pictures and being chased by your subject to be photographed!

Referenced Comments