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Goofy about Football

This Sunday is another Super Bowl.  Though I won’t be commenting on who will win or lose. Today I am talking about two old shorts, the first is a great Goofy cartoon called “How to play Football.”  This cartoon released to theatres on September 15th 1944.  From the classic How to series where Goofy does everything against a dry narration, this cartoon features a cast of nothing but Goofy characters playing the sport and every character.  The narrator reads the lines like an excited sportscaster while all the Goofy characters fumble with playing the game.  Amazing that anyone scored at all in this game.

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Also in honor of the Superbowl the other short that I would like to talk about is that great short subject, “Football Now and Then.”  This short subject released to theatres on October 2 1953.  In this cartoon a grandfather and grandson argue about an older football team versus a modern one.  Then they watch a game on television where an old time football team takes on a modern one.  Even though set in the 1950’s it still accurately portrays modern football and sports compared to the old days where a team consisted of only the players that would be playing on the field or court at a time.  The game is never won, but the Grandpa decides that he needs to purchase something he saw in the adds.  Thus revealing to us the true winner of any game, the advertisers.

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Disney is foremost a movie company. Starting off with a movie, I thought of a great one called “Cat from Outer Space.”  One of the seventy comedies.  This movie is a terrific for the whole family, though I must admit that most children under 8 are probably going to have a hard time sitting through this movie.  This movie is the story of Zouric J5/90 Doric Fouseven, an intergalactic cat that crashes on earth. He must find a way to repair his craft.  His vessel is immediately confiscated by a military organization called Hopscotch, led by a General Stilton played by the late Harry Morgan, whose comic troop bumbles through finding  out about the new visitor.  The cat follows the general to a research laboratory where he finds a physicist that is close to figuring out a new form of power.  This doctor, Frank, names the cat Jake, and the two of them go on a journey to fix Jake’s spaceship.  Jake does fall in love with some aspects of earth food and falls for a neighbor’s cat named Lucybelle.  This movie is a delight starring Ken Barry, Sandy Duncan, McLean Stevenson, Roddy McDowell and Harry Morgan.  This is the colonel’s movie, or the movie with both colonels from M*A*S*H.  This movie has great comical sequences, the classic special effects that Disney monopolized before young un George Lucas came onto the scene.  A recommendation if you are looking for a fun family film, then rent or purchase Cat from Outer Space.

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Well it’s not garbage

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Star Wars VII Poster

Who’s excited? I certainly am.

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Star Wars VII Poster

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