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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Goofy How-To

One of Disney's most beloved characters is Goofy. Originally voiced by Pinto Colvig, the lovable Goofy always  had the best of intentions, even when he goofed things up.

Goofy was an instant success and Pinto felt that he could probably get more cash from the studio for being his voice. Unfortunately, World War II was underway and the Walt Disney Studios could not afford Mr. Colvig's price tag. How could they get along without Goofy's famous voice?

Rather than recast him, Walt Disney found a solution that was quite ingenious- a narrator would describe the right way to do something, while Goofy showed the wrong way on the screen. Using this premise, Goofy could get laughs without having to say a word.

Pinto Colvig eventually returned to being the voice of Goofy until he passed away in 1967.