Goofy Mail

oofy Mail is what I call e-mail correspondence that I have received from readers responding to a column that I wrote during the 2000 US Presidential Election aftermath. It was written to parody what was going on in Florida during the recount. But it is apparent that it struck a nerve with some folks who just wanted to debate the real issue: Is Goofy A Dog?

I want to thank each these folks for reading my column and taking the time to write me about it. Here is some of the e-mail correspondence I've received.


dcteague04@yahoo.com

Thanks for your very interesting column on the Fabulous Disney Celebrity Dippy "Goofy" Dog. I am a former Disney Staff Artist and a real fan of Mr.Dog, and when I hear talk of this sort regarding my dear friend Mr. Dog, I can only concur with Mr. Roger Rabbit (Roger and I share similar friends in Hollywood and we have both been seen frequently around Disney Property) and Roger says,"Goofy is a Genius!" So I vote that Goofy is neither Dog nor Cow...

I say that he is a Genius!!! Please continue your debate.

Sincerely,

David C. Teague
www.suzukibeane.com


Stephen Good - stephen_good@hotmail.com

Well, first of all, I would like to say you SAD ACT!!! Why would anyone spend obviously way too much of your time finding out about if Goofy was a dog!!! Do u have a life at ALL!!!! I have some simple advice... Go out find a nice girl, go on a date an start a life with her!!! I mean, God, it's a CARTOON!!! So Wat if Goofy walks and so on. It's not meant to be 100% realistic!!! Let it go for God's Sake!!!


harm.boyack@us.army.mil

Okay. You have written this a couple years ago but this has been an ongoing argument in my home for just as long. A lot of evidence does go to supporting Goofy being a dog, sure. Goofy is just as dumb-witted as a dog, true. The 1934 intro of Goofy being name Dippy Dawg does imply his existence as a dog but not conclusive considering the numerous people walking around calling themselves Dawg. Goofy is superior to Pluto in all activities and abilities but one thing is certain and never addressed in the emails prior.

Donald Duck is matched with Daisy - both ducks
Mickey Mouse is matched with Minnie - both mice
Goofy is matched with Clarabelle Cow - ???

BOTH COWS!

-Will Boyack
Fairbanks, Alaska


caron@mondenet.com

I was talking to my 7 year old son about Goofy and we couldn't really decide for sure, so I told him I'd check on the Internet and I came across your article. I wanted to send you my son's explanation. He say's that Pluto is a puppy, therefore he can't talk and do a lot of things. Goofy is a grown up dog so he can.

Works for me.

Katherine
Ottawa, Canada


Kerrie E. Fleming - Kerrie615@aol.com

Hello!

Just now...this very day, I read your Goofy column (I know..I know...a year or so later) but nevertheless, I want to tell you how much I enjoy your style of writing, and how silly I found a few of the responses from your readers.

They DO realize Goofy is a cartoon character...fictional..not real...don't they?

I found the seriousness of their answers the most entertaining!

Will you soon write another column about Goofy? Please do!
Strike another nerve...c'mon! Thank you again for writing so well!


Steven Greene - stylergreene@msn.com

Much like yourself I occasionally get in the debate with my family about Goofy. There is more proof out there about Goofy not being a dog. I was watching a Disney Cartoon one time, an old one and the narrator was introducing all of the Disney characters for what they were. They were all introduced for what they were, when they got to goofy the narrator said "And this is Goofy, we call him Goofy because we don't quite know what he is." I went as far as to call Disney, and the guy I got on the other end said, Goofy is a dog not helping me out with my plight to my family. I did tell him he was wrong, and stuck to my story. Anyway the proof is out there in a Disney cartoon, if you can find it. It may be in a 1932 cartoon called Mickey's review.


Cyndi Head - drgoofy1@hotmail.com

Did you ever consider the fact that when Goofy was first created he went by the name Dippy Dawg. I think that is strong evidence that he was created to be a dog. In addition, since when do mice have pet dogs? I think that negates many of your thoughts on Goofy vs Pluto.


CDES972@webtv.net

I have no idea why it took you a month to answer the Goofy a dog or person question. I called Disney, PR - said a dog. Called Disney Library, a dog. Called animation, got an old timer who set it straight. Goofy - a human being, "an everyman."

Now if I could only figure out why there are 40 and 60 watt bulbs, but no 50 watt? And do you walk or run in the rain to stay drier? And do light colors really keep you cooler in the sun? And why do trains in France run on the wrong side of the
tracks, like in the uk, yet all other EU countries have trains and cars both on the right side of the road?


HeaTheR - pacsunchick07@yahoo.com

Mickey and Minnie are mice, do they ever squeek? do they ever run around on 4 legs? no! they wear clothes! so why shouldn't a Disney dog wear clothes too? I believe he's a dog.. he used to be called Dippy Dawg! Look at his ears, his mouth... c'mon! Just because Pluto is a dog, doesn't mean they can't have another one. ANYTHING is possible in cartoons.


Jackie - jackiesanden@onetel.net.uk

Goofy is a dingo!! So says Donald Duck, the Dutch official Walt Disney comic, in response to a child's letter asking what kind of animal Goofy is. The comic also refers to the chipmonks as squirrels.

Jackie - Nottingham, United Kingdom.



Kim -
KCARUANA@nyc.rr.com

I'm sorry to tell you this, but if you were a real Goofy fan like you say you are, you would know exactly what Goofy is, half man and half dog. That's why he can do things that you and me - so like drive and go shopping. I am 28 years old and have been a fanatical Goofy fan since I was a toddler. I cannot believe that someone who actually took as much time as you did to research that nagging question in your mind still came to the wrong conclusion.

The sad part is I've known what Goofy is for most of my life. Maybe you should pay a little more attention to your "favorite" cartoon character the next time you're watching him. I can't believe you never looked close enough to "all" of his dog-like features like the hairy body, big nose, and big front teeth. Please don't tell me know know any men who look like that.


LBelvery@aol.com

Here are 2 articles that say 2 things

1. Try this link that says he is a cow
http://goofy313g.free.fr/calisota_online/trees/mycowtree.html

2. This on from Disney says he is human! - from Disney.com

Good-natured but not that bright, this cartoon character made his first appearance, somewhat disguised, as a member of the audience in "Mickey's Revue" (1932). What distinguished the character from those sitting around him was not so much his appearance but his raucous laugh. That laugh, supplied by Disney storyman, musician, and former circus clown Pinto Colvig, made such an impression on Walt Disney and his staff that the character soon began to be featured in other cartoons. Before long, Goofy was part of the gang that included Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Clarabelle Cow, and Horace Horsecollar. In the newspaper comic strips, this new character was first given the name Dippy Dawg. A 1938 book indicated the first change to Dippy's name, "The Story of Dippy the Goof," and by 1939 the final change was made to Goofy with the release of the cartoon "Goofy and Wilbur."

Goofy was created as a human character, as opposed to Pluto, who was a pet, so he walked upright and had a speaking voice (first supplied by Colvig, and later by George Johnson, Bob Jackman, and Bill Farmer). There were 48 Goofy cartoons (primarily in the 1940s and 1950s), but he also appeared in many cartoons with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. He was best known for his series of "How to" cartoons, where he bumbled through the explanations. In the 1950s, he appeared in several cartoons as Mr. Geef, with a wife and son. The 1990s television series "The Goof Troop" reintroduced Goofy and son, but by this time the son was Max, quite different from his earlier incarnation, and the wife was no longer on the scene. Favorite sayings: "Gawrsh!" "Well, whaddya know ..." "A-hyuck!" "Huh?"


DragonQueenQt@aol.com

I must say that you do prove a point. but Goofy is in fact a dog. He was originally named Dippy Dog. and about him talking and wearing clothes, what about the mouse and the duck!!!! another thing, If you take a picture of pluto, color it black add the big teeth and the hat, you have goofy.


Dominic Beevers - dominic135@hotmail.com

Dear Bill.

I was reading your article (Is Goofy a Dog 03/02/01) with interest, and some confusion, your argument centres around Goofy not being a dog because of his "human" qualities. These include him driving, eating at a table and wearing clothes and hats. As well as talking and working for a living.

From this evidence I conclude that Pluto is in fact the non-dog. The others mentioned have human characterises too. Mickey Mouse also drives, eats at table, works on a steamboat, Donald Duck wears a hat, Chip and Dale fly a plane (I think).

Pluto eats from a bowl barks and wears no clothing, like a dog. Pluto is the only animal mentioned in the vast menagerie of Disney who behaves entirely like an animal. To my (obviously twisted and bored mind) this suggests that the odd one out is Pluto. QED Goofy IS a dog.

Dominic - Nottingham. United Kingdom


Christian Smith - csmith@smith-family.com

Yes, he most certainly is.

Goofy bagen life as a character named Dippy Dawg in 1932 in Mickey's Revue. It wasn't until 1934 that he became known as Goofy.

If that isn't enough, you can hear it from his on mouth. At the end of the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" we here various charcters talking about the deceased judge.

Bugs: I tell you one thing Doc, he weren't no rabbit.
Daffy: Or a duck.
Goofy: Or a dog.
Pinnochio: Or a wooden boy

Now, there is no doubt as to whether Bugs is a rabbit or Daffy Duck a duck and there would be no reason for Goofy to declare that the judge wasn't a dog if he himself were not one.

So, Goofy is a dog according to both Disney and in his own words.

As for his having voted in Palm Beach in 2000, given all the problems down there I wouldn't consider this any sort of proof.

Cheers, Chris


JoeyGW@aol.com - JoeyGW@aol.com

so the debate continues...
 
we came across your site when someone on our campus sent a poll to answer the ongoing Goofy debate. we wanted to make sure we had all the facts before we cast our votes. As compelling as we found your evidence about Goofy not barking, having fingers, eating at the table, standing upright etc., we thought we’d share what Disney had to say at: http://psc.disney.go.com/guestservices/8709.html

Q: What is Goofy? When did he debut?

A: GOOFY IS A DOG! Good-natured but not that bright, this cartoon character made his first appearance, somewhat disguised, as a member of the audience in "Mickey's Revue" (1932).
What distinguished the character from those sitting around him was not so much his appearance but his raucous laugh. That laugh made such an impression on Walt Disney and his staff that the character soon began to be featured in other cartoons. Before long, Goofy was part of the gang that included Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Clarabelle Cow, and Horace Horsecollar.
In the newspaper comic strips, this new character was first given the name Dippy Dawg. A 1938 book indicated the first change to Dippy's name, "The Story of Dippy the Goof," and by 1939 the final change was made to Goofy with the release of the cartoon "Goofy and Wilbur."
Goofy was created as a human character, as opposed to Pluto, who was a pet, so he walked upright and had a speaking voice.
There were 48 Goofy cartoons (primarily in the 1940s and 1950s), but he also appeared in many cartoons with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. He was best known for his series of "How to" cartoons, where he bumbled through the explanations.
In the 1950s, he appeared in several cartoons as Mr. Geef, with a wife and son. The 1990s television series "The Goof Troop" reintroduced Goofy and son, but by this time the son was Max, quite different from his earlier incarnation, and the wife was no longer on the scene.

The truth is unleashed!
Josie and Liz

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