How to Swim (1942)

How to Swim (1942)

Released: 1942
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Genre
Director: Jack Kinney
Starring: ,
Run time: 8 min
IMDb: 7.2/10
Country: USA
Views: 121193


Goofy shows us how to swim, first using a piano stool to demonstrate the strokes, right into the middle of traffic and back again. Next, Goofy tries to change in a tiny beachhouse and ends up underwater without realizing it. He eats his picnic lunch and finds himself literally tied into knots with cramps. Next, Goofy takes on diving, as first demonstrated by an outline model; of course, for him, it doesn’t go nearly as well. Finally, Goofy tries riding the surf in an inner tube, but first it’s punctured by an ill-placed anchor, then it turns into a slingshot thanks to a couple of cleverly placed posts.
Written by
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User Reviews: Disney’s How to… shorts with Goofy always promise much, succeeding brilliantly in making the audience laugh but also done in a way that we learn from what we have seen and been told. How to Swim is not an exception. Maybe it is somewhat routine in its demonstrative-documentarian format, but that I think applies to all the How to… shorts, and they are still hugely entertaining regardless. The idea still works wonder and dealt with very imaginatively here and in every How to…short I’ve seen. How to Swim is not one of my absolute favourites of the series, but it is still really imaginative and kept me entertained throughout. The animation quality is still colourful and fluid, and the music is characterful and beautifully orchestrated. The narration is sharp and thoughtful, and John McLeish voices with great clarity and authority, merging seamlessly with Goofy’s on-screen antics. The gags are clever and imaginative and also range from very funny to hilarious. Goofy’s cluelessness at the cars piling up behind him as he glides across the streets and that he’s underwater are classic and very like the sort of things Goofy would do. Goofy’s attempts to fit himself in the tiny locker and the visuals of when he gets cramps are also hilarious. Goofy is great fun, he always excels when he’s an appealing yet clumsy everyman and it’s that persona that we see to endearing and fun effect. Overall, lots of fun from start to finish, if you love Goofy I see no reason to why you wouldn’t love How to Swim. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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