Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Series: Classic Cartoon Favorites #5
Release Date: 31 May 2005
Length: 60 minutes
Movie Rating: Not Rated
View Format: DVD
My Rating: 4/5 stars
“In this collection of wacky animated classics from the golden age of Walt Disney Studios, the world’s most beloved cartoon characters knock one out of the park with their misadventures in sports. Cheer on Mickey, Goofy and Pluto in their rollicking escapades “Canine Caddy,” “How to Play Baseball,” “The Hockey Champ,” “Double Dribble,” “How to Play Football,” “Mickey’s Polo Team,” “Tennis Racquet” and “Goofy Gymnastics.”” — Netflix.com
These cartoons are fun and funny to watch, but I think that they are more entertaining for adults than for children. You get the most laughs when you know all of the rules of the game and can appreciate the irony of cartoons as the announcer is always saying what should be happening in sports, not what is actually happening. Most of these cartoons feature Goofy and, as we all know, Goofy never quite gets things right when he is trying to do something that requires coordination! This DVD contains:
“Canine Caddy” – Pluto tries to play Mickey’s caddy while he golfs, but Pluto doesn’t understand the rules of a game of golf. This cartoon pokes gentle fun at golf, including that the game requires complete silence and concentration, that you hit the ball from wherever it lands, what is really considered cheating if no one is looking, and what would happen if a gopher was discovered on the golf course.
“How to Play Baseball” – Goofy demonstrates how to play baseball and then participates in a World Series game.
“The Hockey Champ” – Donald plays a game of hockey against Huey, Dewey and Louie. Donald shows off, beats the boys and then the three little ones decide to get back at the boastful Donald.
“Double Dribble” – Goofy plays college championship game. The coach is left with his shortest player. Can they still win?
“How to Play Football – The team’s best player gets hit hard and has to be pulled out of the game. If they can revive Smith, can he get the win for his team? All of the team is played by Goofys and the announcer explains how the game is played.
“Mickey’s Polo Team” – Mickey Mouse and other animated pals play against some of the most famous movie stars of the day. It is fun to try and identify who everyone is in the stands and on the playing field.
“Tennis Racquet” – Goofys play tennis. This cartoon makes fun of maintenance of court, protecting rackets, spectators watching in the stands, etc.
“Goofy Gymnastics” – Goofy gets an at-home gym to build up his body and get his energy back. Of course, Goofy manages to do all of the wrong things and hurt himself on every piece of equipment.
If you have a little sports nut (i.e. a boy of any age), this is a great DVD for them! My favorites were “Canine Caddy” and “Goofy Gymnastics” as they were the cartoons that required the least amount of sports knowledge, but I had a fun time watching all of the cartoons. This is a great rental to catch some cartoons that are rarely shown and are not really featured on any other DVD.
These cartoons contain mild cartoon-style violence, but no one ever really gets hurt. Recommended for viewers of all ages.