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Fathers Are People

A Goofy Cartoon

Release Date : October 21, 1951

Synopsis

Goofy experiences the ups and downs of trying to be a father.

Characters

Goofy
Goofy, Jr.

Credits

Director
Jack Kinney
Animation
Fred Moore
John Sibley
Edwin Aardal
George Nicholas
Backgrounds
Ray Huffine
Effects Animation
Dan MacManus
Layout
Al Zinnen
Story
Dick Kinney
Milt Schaffer
Music
Paul J. Smith

Video

Germany
Goofy im Fußballfieber
France
Sport Goofy Joue et Gagne
Italy
Le Vacanze Di Pippo

Laserdiscs

Japan
Soccermania
Sport Goofy's Vacation

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
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

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 47: The Goofy Clan
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 6

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

Comments

From Ryan : Goofy comes into the office announcing that he's a father and hands out cigars to his fellow employees. Seeing Goofy try to handle the extra chores to be done with the baby is quite humorous. In the middle of the night when the baby wakes up crying, Goofy goes into the kitchen, but instead of getting the baby some milk, he gets himself a drink. I enjoyed the part where the narrator explains how the baby gets older and a photo album is shown with the following pictures:

Baby's first tooth -- which shows Goofy's thumb all bandaged up

Baby's first step -- which shows the baby with his foot in a spitoon

Baby's first word -- which shows Goofy washing the baby's mouth

This short is probably the first appearance of Goofy Jr. who would later evolve into Max in the TV series "Goof Troop."


From Candy : I thought that this was one of the funnier Goofy cartoons because it had him in the role of a new father. Apparently Goofy has just as much trouble with little kids as real people do. The scene where Goofy tells his son to pick up his toys and he refuses is pretty funny. Goofy's wife tells him to use psychology on the kid, and this backfires on him because the kid sees right through it. Goofy picks up the toys and puts them in a box, hoping that the kid will imitate him and help him pick up the toys. But the kid throws all the toys out of the box as fast as Goofy is putting them in. Goofy picks up the now-empty box and says, "Now, wasn't that fun?" not realizing that it's empty. His son says, "Yes, Daddy" in a cute voice, as if he had been really helpful. Then Goofy trips on one of the toys and falls. I thought this was pretty funny.
From Baruch Weiss : Goofy (who is called George in this cartoon) becomes a father. I like the snapshot of George washing out his sons mouth. I also enjoy the scene of Jr fighting with a kid from next door. Then, George and the next door neighbor's kids dad break it up and start fighting themselves. Another scene I enjoy is the end where George says "Kids, they're wonderful wish I had a million of 'em." Then his wife who was knitting a sweater asks George "George, how does this look?" Thinking his wish came true, George gasps, but it turns out it was for their dog (might I add the sweater had sleeves on it) then George gives a sigh of relief. Overall, I thought that this was a good cartoon. However, there is one part that does not sound right. When Jr is in his crib (sharp eyes look fast for a certain famous mouse on it) George is about to hit his son with a brush. Child abuse is against the law!
From Stephen Kostiak : I disliked Goofy's character in this short. Goofy isn't a good father, he's a bad father. A bad father is someone who gets angry and orders his son about in civil tone and bad mood.