Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Animal Kingdom!

(Logo from the park's Wikipedia page.) Today is Earth Day! And it's also the 10th anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom park at Walt Disney World in Florida, a theme park featuring real live animals! (Strange coincidence, huh?) So, what does this have to do with my blog, "Toons 'n' Tunes"? Well, Disney is the studio that brought us Mickey Mouse and he and his gang are animals, so, it's only fitting that I mention this soon-to-be milestone. Unfortunately, I'm not in Animal Kingdom (or even WDW) for the festivities, but it's a note worthy celebration, so, I'll just watch the opening ceremony at the Laughing Place and listen to Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade on my iPod. (Man, I miss Expedition Everest.)

Oh, and before I forget, just so you know, "Today in Disney History" posted about Animal Kingdom, sort of a mini tribute if you will.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Giselle Gets Goofy (or "Goofy Gets Enchanted")

Over at the Disney Dreams Forum, there's a discussion about character pairings that are unlikely, otherwise known as non-canon couples. That's got me thinking about two characters I'd like to see as a couple even if it is non-canon. The reason I'm discussing it here, other than just posting my opinion, is because I'm not a member of the Disney Dreams Forum.

The non-canon couple I'd like to see is... Drum roll, please. ...Giselle and Goofy!(Promotional photo taken from the Laughing Place.)

"Gawrsh! She shore is purdy!"

Well, Goofy, looks alone is not the reason I think you two should be together.

Perhaps, I should explain why I choose Giselle for Goofy. When "Enchanted" was in theaters, I got hooked on Giselle for her innocence and charm, not to mention her bubbly personality. These were the same qualities that Goofy has, thus, making them the perfect couple. (I didn't even watch the movie until I got the DVD. LOL)

Now, I know what you're thinking: "Doesn't Goofy already have a girlfriend? What about Clarabelle Cow?" While I'm well aware that Disney has paired Goofy with Clarabelle in recent years, most notably in "Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: The Three Musketeers", Clarabelle was Horace Horsecollar's girl first, long before Goofy came along. And I don't want to put poor Goofy in a love triangle situation, so, Clarabelle can stay with Horace. Oh, and don't think I've forgotten about Sylvia Marpole, Goofy's love interest from "An Extremely Goofy Movie". Well, I haven't seen her outside of that movie, so, I'm guessing it didn't work out between her and Goofy. Long story short, Goofy needs a steady girlfriend and I've found the perfect one in Giselle.

Now, in order to make this work, the plot of "Enchanted" must be slightly changed for Goofy and Giselle to end up with each other. (The majority of this blog from this point on contains slight spoilers for the original movie, so, if you haven't seen the movie and don't want the ending spoiled, I suggest going over to Cartoon Brew and reading what Jerry Beck is up to.) For starters, Goofy takes the place of Robert, who is grounded to reality. However, Goofy is not like that by nature, so, those characteristics go to... Who else? ...his son, Max. You see, Max is naturally the most mature of the Disney characters, so, I figure when he's in the real world, he would follow its rules without question. Getting Max to believe in fairy tales, like he did when he was a child, might be one challenge not even Goofy would overcome. Once Giselle comes along however, she could convince him that it's okay to let loose and believe in "Happily ever after". (Just so you know, I'm adding Roxanne to the plot so that Max, too, can have a "Happily ever after" by movie's end.)

Now, I know that Robert has a fiancé, Nancy, but she doesn't seem right for Goofy. So, Nancy's role is minor by making her the organizer of the ball at the movie's climax. This keeps Goofy single until he meets Giselle and Prince Edward could still end up with Nancy.

One of these days, I'll get to writing my version of "Enchanted" and adding it to my
Fanfiction.net site. But at least, now, you know why I think Goofy and Giselle are perfect for each other. Do you feel the same way?

Friday, April 18, 2008

Bye, Bye, Ollie

Ollie Johnston, the last of Disney's "Nine Old Men", as they're called, has gone to join the other eight in the big Animation Studio in the sky. I noticed the news of his death being scrawled on Northwest Cable News. He passed away Monday night, April 14, 2008. His most notable credits include "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", "Pinocchio", "Fantasia", "Bambi","Cinderella", and "Sleeping Beauty". He will truly be missed among the classic Disney animation fans.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Shout Heard 'Round the World

I'm sure you all know about the infamous "Goofy Holler", right? You know, the one that goes: "Yah-hoo-hoo-hoo-hooey!" Well, I happen to come across a blog entry that compiles almost all of the Disney cartoons and movies that use the holler including the one that started it all, 1941's "The Art of Skiing". You'll find it here. There are some the author, Michael J. Ruocco, admits he forgot to mention, but I forgive him: I don't know all the clips that use the "Goofy Holler" myself. But I do know a few that are missing. The ones I remember that weren't mentioned are as follows:

1. There was another in 1949's "Goofy Gymnastics" that Mr. Ruocco somehow missed: The original version of the holler as heard in "The Art of Skiing" is used as Goofy is flung through the roof from the rings on his ceiling and falls back down.

2. Another cartoon that uses the holler from "The Art of Skiing" is 1983's "Mickey's Christmas Carol" as Goofy, portraying the ghost of Jacob Marley, falls down the stairs.

3. In the main title of "A Goofy Movie", the holler from "The Art of Skiing" helps illustrate the word "Goofy" falling and landing in between "A" and "Movie".

4. In Goofy's newest cartoon, "How to Hook Up Your Home Theater", the classic holler is used as Goofy is flung out of his house as a result of him pushing the red button on his universal remote to turn on his home theater system. Although I wonder why they didn't have Bill Farmer record the holler, hearing the original holler is a nice homage, wouldn't you agree?

Most of the hollers from this point on have been newly recorded by Bill Farmer, the current voice of Goofy. For instance:

5, 6, & 7.There's a newly recorded version in "A Goofy Movie" where Goofy and his son, Max, ride the roller coaster at an amusement park. (Goofy gets sick after that. LOL) Another newly recorded version is heard near the end right after the car explodes and sends Goofy flying, falling though the roof of Roxanne's front porch. We're not done with "A Goofy Movie" yet: the holler is heard at the end of the end credits just before they show the "Walt Disney Pictures" castle again.

8. In "Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: The Three Musketeers", Goofy lets out the holler as he falls from the crumbling stone bridge in chains. (Goofy's in the chains, not the bridge.)

9 & 10. Remember when I mentioned the short from "Disney's House of Mouse", "How to Be a Rock Star", in my post devoted to Goofy's musical talent? In the cartoon, Goofy tries to get discovered by an executive of a record company by swinging on a rope outside the window. Suddenly, the rope breaks and, yep, you guessed it, Goofy falls. Cue holler. But the hilarity doesn't stop there: The exec. heard the holler and signs Goofy up right away. And the Goof's first single? Why, a song featuring his holler, of course! (LOL)

11 & 12. In the "Mickey Mouse Works" cartoon "How to Be a Waiter" (or is it "How to Be a Movie Star"?), Goofy practices his lasso skills while filming a scene from a western movie and flies off as he lassos with his hand and feet. He soon gets tangled up in the rope and lets out the holler, and repeatedly, I might add, as the rope pulls him up and down like a yo-yo. In that same cartoon, during the Sci-Fi scene, Goofy lets out the holler after being flung into deep space.

13, 14, & 15. In the "Once Upon a Christmas" segment "Have Yourself a Very Goofy Christmas", the holler doesn't take a holiday. Goofy lets it out when he swings from the torn banner into the Lumberjack Lingerie store. He shouts out again as he is catapulted from the Christmas tree out through the roof of the mall. Later on, after Pete covers Goofy's house with snow, Goofy looks for the chimney and unwittingly falls down the hidden chimney, letting out the holler once more.

16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, & 22. There are many times the holler is used in the Playhouse Disney series "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" like in the episode "Goofy's Bird" as Goofy imagines jumping off the cliff using a pogo stick (but falling), in "Mickey's Handy Helpers" where Goofy is flung from one of the springs of the Handy Dandy Machine which makes the Handy Helpers work, and in "Mickey's Big Band Concert" as Goofy is flown out of his trombone horn via a bicycle pump. There was one episode of "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" that used the "Goofy Holler" quite a bit. In "Goofy in Training", Mickey greets us, but gets interrupted by the holler and goes and finds Goofy hanging on a branch of a tree. The second holler occurs when Goofy loses control as he practices skiing by using roller skates. The third is when he skis for real off the ski jump at the end of the ski slope. The final holler in this episode happens as Goofy falls off the cookies he climbed over in Willie the Giant's picnic.

Goofy's not the only one who does the holler. Here are some recent examples of other characters letting it out:

Following the scene where Goofy falls from the bridge in "Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: The Three Musketeers", Clarabelle Cow (voiced by April Winchell) does her own version of the holler ("Moo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hooey!") as she jumps down to save him.

24. Goofy's son, Max (voiced by Jason Marsden), actually quotes his dad on the holler when he's taken on a joyride by a car with a mind of its own in the "House of Mouse" episode "Max's New Car". Like father, like son. ("I wish you wouldn't say that.")

25. The more recent use of the "Goofy Holler" can be found in the movie "Enchanted" as the troll is flung from the tree after Giselle and Pip jump off the same branch as the troll which prompts the troll (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) to do the holler.

There are a few more uses of the "Goofy Holler" in the "Mickey Mouse Works" cartoons and in some episodes of "House of Mouse", but I don't know which ones. Nevertheless, the "Goofy Holler" will remain, in cartoon history, as the most used vocal effect when falling down. ...and down and down. Yah-hoo-hoo-hoo-hooey!

Monday, April 7, 2008

"A Goofy Movie": Thirteenth Anniversary

On this day in 1995, Goofy's first full-length solo movie premiered in theaters. It was titled, appropriately enough, "A Goofy Movie". This movie also features and revolves around Goofy's son, Max. Although he made his debut in "Goof Troop" in 1992, it was this movie that made me love Max as much as his dad, Goofy.
The reason remember this date is because I happen to see it as I changed the day on my Disney daily calender that I got for Christmas last year. Even so, I honestly liked this movie a lot ever since I first watched it at my cousins' house in Minnesota about a decade ago. This is a fun movie, not only introducing us to Max's love interest, Roxanne, but showing us the bond between father and son.

I like how the movie shows just how much Max truly loves Roxanne, even going so far as to lie to her to keep her from seeing someone else. And when he tells the truth by movie's end, not only is she very understanding, but she also explains she liked him all along from the moment he first "Ahyucked".

However, it's Goofy and Max's relationship that really makes this movie truly memorable. Best proof of this can be found in their duet, "Nobody Else But You". Truly heartwarming.

I think this movie is definitely worth the watch. And I'm not just talking about the songs, either, although this site is called "Toons 'n' Tunes" and they are fun songs, too. You can find this on DVD as part of Disney's defunct "Gold Collection", but it's in fullscreen, so, until they re-release it the widescreen format, we'll have to settle for the fullscreen version for now. As for the soundtrack, which features the songs and score from the film, it's out of print, but you can get it at Amazon.com or find MP3s of the songs online somewhere. Even so, Goofy's first solo movie is the best yet.
UPDATE 11/01/10: I may have missed the fifteenth anniversary of the movie, but someone else didn't. Animation World Network did a great article about a live action version of the song "After Today" from "A Goofy Movie". Check it out here through YouTube. (As directed by Ted Sowards.) This version also has its own website. Take a look for yourself.