Whereas even three full collections of Donald Duck shorts haven’t completely won me over to the character, the one collection of Goofy shorts was enough to make me a big fan of him. I always thought previously of Goofy merely as a secondary character, but his own shorts show his full potential. These shorts cover two time periods of Goofy, the early ones where Goofy sports as the main character in a How to… format. Goofy tries a new activity out, while a voice from the off explains how to do it right. Goofy, as expected, manages to completely make everything go fubar, but in a really heartwarming and charming way.
The later shorts show Goofy as your typical everyman of the 50ties. A tired family father who often fails to do the most basic stuff outside of his work environment. I think what I really like about Goofy is his optimism and enthusiasm, even after repeatedly failing at a task. His shorts made me laugh out loud many times, despite their age. The humor is innocent and yet destructive enough to be funny. And parodying the whole self-help-manual-movement is just a big bonus.