Walt Disney Records: Bio of Goofy
Disney's very own biography of Goofy.

  • Walt Disney Records: Biography of Goofy For more than 60 years, Goofy -- the awkward, toothy, curious, and good-spirited Everyman of the Disney cartoon characters -- has been a top performer in every medium, beginning with a bit part in a Disney short, and eventually becoming a major media star in print, television, theme parks, and a variety of merchandise.

  • The character whom we know today as Goofy first appeared six decades ago in Mickey's Revue (1932).

  • Walt often described the type of physical humor used in the Walt Disney Studio's cartoons as being "goofy, " and with Orphan's Benefit (1934), that name officially stuck to this affable character.

  • But Goofy's personality really began to take shape in the 1935 cartoon Moving Day , in which animator Art Babbitt built up Goofy's role and gave his character definition.

  • Cartoon shorts such as Lonesome Ghosts , Clock Cleaners, Boat Builders , Mickey's Service Station , and Mickey's Trailer looked at how each character reacted to similar circumstances.

  • In the early 1930s, merchandising of the characters became a successful and vital part of the Disney Studio.

  • Because the needs of the daily and weekly Mickey Mouse strips quickly exhausted the situations, stories, and characters that had been created for the films, comic artist Floyd Gottfredson and his team of writers created new situations and adventures that, particularly in the case of Goofy, helped define and develop the characters and their personalities.

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  • Speaking of Characters STERLING HOLLOWAY by Jim Fanning Copyright © The Walt Disney Company There's no mistaking that voice when you hear it -- and once you've heard it, there's no forgetting it.

  • That familiarity (or over-familiarity) may have worked against Holloway, clouding the opinion of critics and audiences to the fact that -- while his voice was exactly the same in every film -- Holloway was a gifted actor whose vocal characterizations were varied and unique with each performance.

  • There was a typically fine performance for a forgettable character (Roquefort the gentle mouse who likes cats) in one of Disney's most forgettable features, The Aristocats (1970).

  • In two major cases, Holloway's vocal acting was instrumental in the effectiveness of the characters he portrayed.

  • Almost two decades later, Walt Disney cast him as another Lewis Carroll character, the Cheshire Cat.

  • In animator Ward Kimball's now-famous assessment, "the only real 'mad' thing in the whole picture...turned out to be the Cheshire Cat! Why? Because compared to the constant all-out, wild gyrations of the other characters, he played it real cool.

  • In The Disney Villains, Johnston and Thomas directly attribute the success of the Cheshire Cat character to the voice artist: "With the magical, fey quality of Sterling Holloway's voice, [the Cheshire Cat] was truly living in a dreamworld all his own." Johnston and Thomas also give Holloway much of the credit for making Kaa in The Jungle Book (1967) an unusual and affecting villain.

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  • Pictures and descriptions of all the Lion King characters and their roles in the story.

  • A direct-to-video production by Walt Disney Television Television Animation, Simba's Pride adds new characters and another chapter to the Circle of Life mythos begun in the original theatrical film.

  • If we go back to 1994 we see that "The Lion King"'s italian dubbing, made by the sons of Disney Legend Roberto De Leonardis, had a preliminary version that was refused by Disney Character voices.

  • Then a new dubbing was made and the movie was released with the second one (this time approved by Disney Character Voices).

  • If we go back to 1994 we see that "The Lion King"'s italian dubbing, made by the sons of Disney Legend Roberto De Leonardis, had a preliminary version that was refused by Disney Character voices.

  • Then a new dubbing was made and the movie was released with the second one (this time approved by Disney Character Voices).

  • The Lion King characters are voiced as follows: Cheech Marin as Banzai Jim Cummings as Scar (possibly Ed too) Cam Clarke as Simba James Earl Jones as Mufasa Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Young Simba Ernie Sabella as Pumbaa So they couldn't get Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, or Whoopi Goldberg, and I'm unsure how Jonathan Taylor Thomas fits into the picture (surely he's too old to voice Simba convincingly anymore—after all, they got someone else for the "Morning Report" song).

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  • Robin William's sheer exuberance as the Genie in Aladdin created a memorable and entertaining character.

  • One of the current trends in the American animation industry is to cast major movie stars to voice animated characters.

  • They properly recognized that you couldn't send an animated character out there to Entertainment Tonight to promote your movie." But voice actor Bob Bergen counters, "If you look at Disney's history, they've always used the celebrities of the day for their cartoons.

  • No [other] time in film has there been so much animation being produced." While in the past Disney used an occasional celebrity (Phil Harris in The Jungle Book , Bob Newhart in The Rescuers ), today all their major characters are portrayed by celebrities, leaving those who make a living at voice acting to fight over a handful of supporting roles and crowd scenes.

  • "[Studio execs] gravitate towards celebrities, " says voice actor Corey Burton, "so that they have actors who have already developed a persona they can draw from to fill out the character, whereas a multi-voiced person is waiting for their idea to produce the particular voice.

  • In fact, the reason, the whole reason that they're celebrities is because they're such wonderful thespians, and, of course, any director, animation or live-action, just wants the best available." The implication, Seibert suggests, is that "voice actors are not really actors, they're merely voices who can't hold onto a character." "I don't think anyone in this business seriously, deep down, believes that you necessarily get better performances from celebrities than from professional voice actors...but it may give the show a special status as something above an ordinary cartoon.

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  • Remembering how much they enjoyed these characters, Walt Disney was inspired to share them with the children around the world.

  • Christopher Milne never seemed to think much of the Disney treatment, and Alan's niece Marjorie led a rather vocal campaign against several portions of it; one being the "misplacement of Piglet", another being the addition of Gopher, and yet another being the American Midwestern accent for the character of Christopher Robin.

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