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George Goofy, also known as George P. Geef, Dippy Dawg or simply Goofy, is an anthropomorphic dog.
Goofy seems to operate based on his own dreamlike logic rather than through any real-world customs, and seldom realizes what goes wrong in his endeavors, convinced he was doing just fine and it's the universe that is being mean to him. He has, however, also demonstrated several special talents on occasions, such as an amazing photographic memory or artistic gifts. He also has a superhero alter-ego called Super Goof.
Goofy was temporarily married to a redheaded woman, only known as Mrs Goofy, who was just as clumsy as Goofy himself but also very attractive. They even had a son, Max. Unfortunately, they seem to have been separated soon thereafter. Goofy had to raise his son alone, and moved to the city of Spoonerville during Max's teenage years, presumably to keep him away from the constant adventures Goofy would get into if he stayed within spitting distance of Mickey Mouse. However, Max is now an adult and Goofy has moved back to Mouseton.
Goofy is a lanky anthropomorphic dog. He has black fur on certain parts of his body, while on others he has what is either a brownish fur color or actual human-like skin. He has a large, doglike snout and droopy ears.
He frequently wears a vest with a sweater, pants, and large shoes. His iconic hat somewhat resembles a crumpled fedora, and has been variously colored green, blue, or orange.
Behind the scenes
Goofy, originally known as Dippy Dawg, made his first physical appearance in the cartoon Mickey's Revue, released on May the 12th, 1932, as a bearded, spectacled dog with a laugh which annoyed other attendees of the play which he was attending. This laugh, performed by voice actor Pinto Colvig, had previously debuted in the 1932 short Barnyard Olympics, though the character to whom the laugh was attached was not seen onscreen. The word "dippy" refers to something dumb or foolish, while "Dawg" is clearly a reference to the character's species, anthropomorphic dog. In his second physical appearance, The Whoopee Party, Dippy was redesigned, now lacking the glasses and beard which he had possessed previously.
Following Mickey's Revue and The Whoopee Party, Dippy Dawg appeared in many Mickey Mouse shorts throughout the 1930's and was soon introduced into the Mickey Mouse newspaper comic strips that ran at the time. His first comic strip appearance was in Enter... Dippy Dog!. That strip was released on January the 8th, 1933 and spelled Dippy's surname "Dog" as opposed to "Dawg." On the other hand, the "Dawg" spelling of the name was used just a few months later in Ye Olden Days, a cartoon released on April the 8th, 1933. Dippy quickly became a staple of both cartoons and comics, appearing alongside Mickey Mouse frequently.
Mickey's Service Station, released on on March the 16th, 1935, was the first short to feature Dippy, Mickey, and Donald Duck in one comedic trio. The formula of the three bumbling through a task was reused many times.
Soon, Dippy's name began to change. In the 1936 cartoon Mickey's Polo Team, he was simply referred to as "The Goof", a reference to his goofy nature. This was changed slightly to "Goofy", the name which was used in the 1937 short, Mickey's Amateurs. However, the name "Goofy" didn't completely stick at first; a 1938 storybook featuring the character combined the names "Dippy" and "The Goof", with the title of the story being Walt Disney's Story of Dippy the Goof. By 1939, his name was changed to Goofy, a change made clear by the title of the short Goofy and Wilbur.
Goofy and Wilbur was a simple short about Goofy going fishing, an activity he was established to enjoy as far back as 1935's On Ice, with his pet grasshopper, Wilbur. This was the first animated short Goofy appeared in without either Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck by his side. Beginning with Goofy's Glider in 1940, many more shorts starring Goofy would be made, with this new series receiving new installments regularly throughout the 1940's and the early 1950's.
- Pinto Colvig (Classical voice from 1932 to 1965 with intermissions)
- Danny Webb (Recurring voice between 1939 and 1941)
- Bob Jackman (Temporary voice in 1951)
- Roger Carel (Dickens's Christmas Carol; various French dubs)
- Hal Smith (An Adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol)
- Jack Wagner (A Magic Kingdom Yuletide Special)
- Will Ryan (Temporary voice from 1986 to 1988)
- Tony Pope (Some of The Talking Mickey Mouse Show, the rest being Ryan)
- Bill Farmer (Classical voice since 1987)
- Shamsir Bin Mohd Shahar (Mickey Go Local)
Notes and references
- According to Disneystrology.
- Donald Duck was born around 1920, and he, Goofy and Mickey were childhood friends.
- The Adventure Story
- Untitled newspaper strip by Del Connell and Floyd Gottfredson (INDUCKS: YM 73-10-25)
- Disney Babies
- Whether they divorced or Mrs Goofy died is unknown, though the latter is often favored among fans.
- New Shoes