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GENUS PEDIGREE: Dogface
KNOWN ALIASES: Hound Dog (?); Dippy Dawg; Dippy the Goof; Mr. George G. Geef; Goofy Geef; Sport Goofy; the Mighty Knight.
KNOWN RELATIVES: Maximillian "Max" (son); Gilbert, Marmaduke, Roderick (nephews); Debbie (niece); Ophal Dizzy Esq., Wombat, Joe, Howan Dawg, Angelo, Verner von Goof (uncles); Matilda, Goofilia (aunt); Batts (cousin); Cap'n Windjammer, Gen. Patten-Leather (great-uncle); various famous historical "Goofkin" such as Arizona Goof and the Mighty Knight; [?] Penny? (wife).
KNOWN PETS: Wilbur the Grasshopper; Waffles the Cat; Ellsworth the Mynah; Dolores the Elephant; Bowser the Dog (from the "Geef" shorts); Salty the Parrot; Charlie thuh Metal Wizard; Sir Hayburner (Mighty Knight's horse).
CITIZENSHIP: Spoonerville, USA
KNOWN CONFIDANTS: Mickey Mouse; Donald Duck; Clarabelle Cow; Gus Goose; $crooge McDuck; Ludwig von Drake; Daisy Duck; Clara Cluck; Horace Horsecollar; Morty & Ferdie Fieldmouse; Huey, Dewey & Louie Duck; Gyro Gearloose; Peg; Chief O'Hara; Mayor Scott; Gilbert (Super Gilly); Maxie (Goofy Junior).
KNOWN RIVALS: Emil Eagle; The Phantom Blot; Bad Pete; the Beagle Boys; Detectives Barke & Howell; Red Arrow; Big Bad Baron; Robber Knight.
PARAPHERNALIA: Super Goobers; responds as Super Goof upon hearing a Supersonic Emergency Whistle.

1st PRINT APPEARANCE: As "Dippy Dawg," and later as "Goofy," he was a regular in the "Mickey Mouse" daily strips until earning his own title "Goofy" in 13 of Dell's "Four-Color" from 1953 to 1962; "The Phantom Blot" #2 in "The Phantom Blot Meets Super Goof" (1965 - as Super Goof).
1st FILM APPEARANCE: "Mickey's Revue" (1932 - unnamed goober muncher); "The Whoopee Party" (1932) was Goofy's first appearance as "Dippy Dawg;" "Orphan's Benefit" (1934) was first appearance as "Goofy;" "Goofy and Wilbur" (1939) was his first headliner starring role; regular on "Goof Troop" since the series premiere "Forever Goof/The Goof Neighbor" (Sep. 7, 1992).
VOICE ACTOR: Pinto Colvig (first); then George Johnson, Bob Jackman and Tony Pope ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit"); Bill Farmer (current, "Goof Troop" and "A Goofy Movie").
SIGNATURE: "Hu-yuck!" (goofy laugh); "Ahhhhh-hooo-hooo-hooo!" (Alpine yell) and the simple-minded, bashful "Gawrsh," and his signature song is: "The World Owes Me a Living" (which he has sung or hummed in several cartoons).
BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS: Goofy is well-meaning, good-natured, but stupid and clumsy. He began his career at Disney as a whiskered, bespectacled old goober munching spectator in "Mickey's Revue." During the early part of his career (in both film and comics) he was known as a more youthened Dippy Dawg, and his personality was that of a 'goofball.' His 'goofiness' and, especially his raucous laugh became his trademark and other characters began referring to him as "Dippy the Goof" (first called so in the 1938 book titled "The Story of Dippy the Goof"). His 'goofy' stamp stuck and his name eventually evolved to it's current form as simply "Goofy" (first called in "Goofy and Wilbur" - 1939). He was first spotlighted in "Goofy and Wilbur," and quickly became a studio superstar. Goofy comprises one-third of the Mickey-Donald-Goofy trio of comrades, and is one of Disney's Fab-5 (the others being Mickey, Donald, Minnie, and Pluto). He has also had a long and successful career in comics where he usurped Horace Horsecollar as Mickey Mouse's sidekick (but was briefly replaced by the alien Eega Beeva), and later headlined his own comics. In the mid 1950s Goofy acquired a mynah bird named Ellsworth who can not only talk, but actually carry on conversations. Later he was accompanied by his extremely intelligent nephew, Gilbert. As Super Goof, Goofy is imbued with super strength, super breath, super telescopic vision and super flight, all from swallowing magic goobers (peanuts) which he keeps under his hat, and grows in his garden, and his nephew acts as his sidekick, Super Gilly. As the Mighty Knight, Goofy plays his ancestor who was struck by lightning and endowed with super-human abilities, which he can also transfer to his horse, Sir Hayburner, granting the horse the ability to fly. The Mighty Knight was often accompanied by his faithful sidekick, Squire Gus (Gus Goose's own ancestor). Aside from his roles in many "How to..." films and as the athletic "Sport Goofy," he has portrayed the "everyman" in many of his films, usually under the name of George G. Geef. Several of these films have portrayed Geef (also called Goofy in these films) as married to a woman (probably another dogface), who is tall, slender built and has red hair. She is also very 'goofy.' However, we were never given a good look at her from the front. She was always referred to as "Mrs. Goofy" or "Mrs. Geef." The resulting offspring was a small red-headed, red nosed dogface boy named George Junior, or simply "Junior." Apparently, upon reaching puberty, Junior's hair and nose changed color and his name was revealed in the series "Goof Troop" to be "Maximum Goof," Goofy's inept attempt to name him "Maximillian," though the boy usually goes by the shortened form of "Max." He is still called Goofy Junior, however. Something, yet unrevealed, happened to Goofy's wife (Max's mom). Exactly 'what' is left to speculation. In these "Geef" shorts, Goofy also has a pet dog named "Bowser" who first appears in "Man's Best Friend" (1952) where George wants him as a watchdog, but gets far more than he bargained for. In "Father's Day Off" (1953) George tries his hands at housework and accidentally put Bowser in the washer. Again in "Father's Weekend" (1953) Bowser goes to the beach with George and Junior. Aside from they mysterious Mrs. Goofy, Goofy has had very few female companions (he has occassionally become enamoured of inanimate objects like a ship's wooden figurehead). A couple of notable, or rather forgetable, affairs were with the equally goofy Clarabelle Cow, and her apparent rival for Goofy's affections, Glory-Bee. While Glory-Bee might be considered a good character, fortunately Clarabelle's amourous sidetrack was short-lived, and she returned to her former paramour, Horace Horsecollar. Another love of Goofy's was Mickey's Aunt Marissa (from a Floyd Gotfredson tale printed June 17 - 29, 1946, and reprinted twice in WDC&S #95 and #575). Goofy, now a single dad, currently lives in Spoonerville with his son and pet cat, Waffles. Their immediate neighbors are his longtime nemesis and former schoolmate, Pete, and Pete's wife, Peg, along with their children P.J. and Pistol, and pet dog, Chainsaw. For a while in the 1930s, in a British publication, Goofy and Toby Tortoise teamed up as detectives for a while. The film "The Goofy Success Story" (Dec. 7, 1955), and the comic book the "Goofy Success Story" (Dell "Four-Color" #702 - May 1956) tell a version of Goofy's history and rise to fame.
HISTORICAL FACTS: While Mickey may have been the most famous Disney character, and Donald, the most popular; Goofy was certainly the most colorful and versitile. Goofy has played more "types" of roles than any of the others making him the studio's most useful character. Goofy has even played every character in several of his films (including the female characters), he has also played all of his relatives (except for the roles of his wife and son).
LITTLE KNOWN SECRETS: [?] Purportedly the term "geef" is Australian or British slang loosely meaning "a foolish blunder or brainless act" which may account for his name "Geef."
WORKING THEORIES: none
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