Since he stumbled along 89 years ago, Goofy “gawrshed” his way from 78’s to music streams and hasn’t stopped spinning since.
WALT DISNEY’S STORY OF
DIPPY THE GOOF
Applewood Press ISBN 1-55709-355-5 (Compact Disc with Book / Mono)
Released in 1996. Adapted from Disney comic stories by Floyd Gottfredson. Based on the Whitman “1066 series” book, originally published in 1938. Limited Edition of 2,500 Copies. Recorded at Score One Studios, Hollywood. Running Time: 24 minutes.
Voices: Bill Farmer (Dippy Dawg, Horace Horsecollar/Narrator, Pluto); Russi Taylor (Clara Cluck); Wayne Allwine (Mickey Mouse).
“A goof by any other name would be just as dippy…”
One thing is for sure. His original name was Dippy Dawg, and he made his first appearance in the 1932 short, Mickey’s Revue. What his name was for the next few years gets a little iffy and whatty.
Though Goofy’s official moniker was generally established in his first solo starring cartoon, Goofy and Wilbur in 1939, for the first few years of his career, his name varied–even within the same stories. (He’s not alone, as “Davy Crockett” star Fess Parker recalled that some referred to him “Fezz” when he was new to the Disney lot. Your author also had an uncle who went by the names of Dan, Don, Carmine and Nick, and a genius at dunking donuts without getting a crumb in his coffee.)
Our esteemed colleague David Gerstein (co-author, with the esteemed J.B. Kaufman, of Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History and editor of the ongoing Disney Masters Collection book series, shared the serpentine saga of Goofy’s incredible journey through the studio I.D. process:
“The name ‘Dippy Dawg,’ spelled as such, was used in publicity for that Mickey’s Revue and on-screen in “Ye Olden Days” . As early as summer 1932, however, when the first regular model sheet was drawn up for his second appearance in “The Whoopee Party”, the model sheet called him simply “The Goof,” evidently because some in the studio preferred it. So the stage was set for some confusion from the start.
In January 1933, when he appeared in the comic strip, he was called ‘Dippy Dog’ (note spelling) and remained such for three years, the only change being “Dog” to “Dawg” in the summer of 1933.
In March 1934, on an episode of the Heinz Hall of Fame radio program where Walt and his characters appeared as guests, the name ‘Goofy’ was used for the character, with no uses of ‘Dippy’ at all. This is the earliest use of ‘Goofy’ I’m aware of.
“In late 1934, Mickey Mouse Magazine began using the new name as well, sometimes spelling it “Goofie” in the beginning. All kinds of variant names—’Dippy Dawg,’ ‘Dippy the Goof,’ ‘The Goof,’ ‘Dippy Goof’ and ‘Goofy’–were used interchangeably in Mickey Mouse Magazine text stories, and other books and periodicals from Hal Horne and Western Publishing/Whitman, all the way up to World War II.
“In late 1935, with On Ice, the character design was famously changed by Art Babbitt to give him more clothes and a bigger chin. This was generally concurrent with an overall shift to the name ‘Goofy’ in most merchandise, and in the comics in Jan 1936.”
But there were exceptions, even after 1936, like Walt Disney‘s Story of Dippy the Goof, one of six small storybooks cataloged as the “1066” series from Western Publishing in 1938. Western Publishing, printer of Whitman Books, was one of Disney’s largest licensees. David Gerstein explains:
“Because Whitman produced so much content, they kept confusion going for a while. They were still capable of publishing that book in 1938 that we’re discussing, “Walt Disney’s Story of Dippy the Goof”, and using interchangeable variant names inside, even though the book was a retelling of Gottfredson comics produced entirely after the shift. In effect, Gottfredson wasn’t uncertain at all about Goofy’s name, but the Western prose writer ‘introduced’ the uncertainty. There are even occasional references to Goofy as Dippy as late as Western’s first Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories issues in 1941.
“In Argentina, Goofy remained ‘Dippy’ into approximately the 1970s, as in this example. And to be fair, in the comics in recent years, we’ve tried to have it both ways by giving Goofy’s full name as ‘Goofus D. Dawg’, a name that was introduced by Pat McGreal in the late 1990s. Technically, this way he’s both ‘Goofy’ and ‘Dippy Dawg’–though other media still have characters call him ‘Mr. Goof,’ so there’s still no consistency.”
Which brings us to our Feature Presentation. In 1996, the CD recording of Walt Disney‘s Story of Dippy the Goof was faithfully performed from the original 1938 Whitman hardcover storybook, word-for-word, as well as the other five “1066” series books for sound recordings. All six reproductions were reproduced as they looked in 1938, each packaged with their own individual discs and published by Applewood Books.
There are no other official English language audio recordings in which Disney characters refer to Goofy as “Dippy,” as far as David has discovered, since they are faithful to the original 1938 texts. Our hero also appears in two other books in the series: Walt Disney‘s Story of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney‘s Story of Minnie Mouse. In all the books and recordings, the narrative refers to him by his various names at random. Mickey Mouse usually calls him “Goofy,” but not always. David offers further details regarding the Applewood books and CDs in an earlier Animation Spin saluting buena bovine Clarabelle Cow.
No matter what the name, he’s brilliantly played by Bill Farmer, a self-effacing actor capable of remarkable depth in the role of Goofy, as he has proven repeatedly in such classics as A Goofy Movie (which is explored in this Animation Spin and Prince and the Pauper. Bill has been voicing Goofy for over a third of the character’s history. On the Dippy disc, he once again proves his skill in varying the voice range of not out our dizzy pal, but also the voluminous narration, in character, of Horace. These disc sets are among the most dialogue-heavy productions produced with the Disney “fab five.”
“I remember the sessions fairly well,” Bill Farmer recalled. “We modified Horace’s voice from the original one I did in Prince and the Pauper. We settled on a much more southern-sounding voice, and that seemed to fit the narrative style that Disney was looking for.”
GOOFY AND THE MOUSE FACTORY
Disneyland Records – Four Complete Songs Series FS-923 (7” 33 1/3 RPM LP / Mono)
Released in 1972. Executive Producer: Jimmy Johnson. Producer: Tutti Camarata. Running Time: 7 minutes.
Voices: Pinto Colvig (Goofy); the voices of Chip and Dale are uncredited but could have been voiced by Gloria Wood, Robie Lester and/or Teri York.
Songs and Melodies: “Mouse Square Dance” by Camarata; “Chip ‘n Dale” by Gil (Hazel) George, Oliver Wallace; “Daisy, Daisy (Crazy Over Daisy)” by Oliver Wallace; “Turkey in the Straw,” “Dixie” “The Wearing of the Green,” “Polly Wolly Doodle” (Traditional).
Monologues: “Goofy and His Laughs,” “Goofy and His Crazy Clarinets”.
The highly unusual reissue compilation album Goofy’s T.V. Spectacular (1965), which we discussed some time ago in another Animation Spin, featured Pinto Colvig hosting a grab-bag of previously released Disneyland Records tracks, some material new to vinyl and assorted comic touches. Goofy and The Mouse Factory is a seven-inch little LP presenting three tracks from the album, which by 1972 had long been discontinued.
The little disc was one of several records created to tie in with the studio’s syndicated Mouse Factory TV series, itself also a mix of existing film materials hosted by famous names and costumed Disney characters. No soundtrack elements from The Mouse Factory were provided for records, so everything on the corresponding discs was culled from earlier records. Mickey and Donald were given the little LP Mouse Factory four-song record treatment as well.
Goofy’s disc is characteristically kooky. The record series promised “four complete songs.” A bit of head-scratching must have gone on when selecting the cuts. Disneyland had not recorded a lot of songs with Goofy, but there were enough (such as “Laugh, Laugh, Laugh,” and “Knock, Knock, Who’s There?” from the Children’s Riddles and Games Songs LP) to make a count of four without having to bring in Chip ‘n Dale to account for three of them.
The decision to give one track to Chip ‘n Dale made the record a little more musical, because their single track is a three-song medley. In a way, this record offers seven selections in total: four songs, two short monologues and a “Crazy Clarinets” instrumental medley at the end. Even the math was goofy!