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.
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.