New Disney+ Hand-drawn Shorts Series “Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents Goofy in How to Stay at Home” Premieres August 11
A new hand-drawn series of shorts, “Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents Goofy in How to Stay at Home,” is coming to Disney+ beginning August 11.
Announced today by D23, Goofy will star in three new shorts entitled “How to Wear a Mask,” “Learning to Cook,” and “Binge Watching.” Eric Goldberg directed the series, hoping Goofy could “show how to make the best of a challenging situation.”
“I think Goofy gives us an opportunity to have a little fun with it,” Goldberg tells D23 in an exclusive interview. “There are so many stories of people saying they baked bread for the first time or they were learning to cook. And I know personally, I did indulge in binge watching! It affected all of us, but we’ve exaggerated certain things in these shorts; I don’t have as much trouble putting on a mask as Goofy does!”
Goldberg says his team took influence from the classic 1940s cartoons but with a modern style. “One of the things that was really fun is we got to use a lot of the original Jimmy MacDonald sound effects,” Goldberg said.
D23 provided more information about each short as well (spoiler warning!).
“How to Wear a Mask”
Goofy demonstrates the fine art of putting on a face mask as he prepares to leave the house and venture into the outside world. Despite his earnest efforts, Goofy becomes inextricably tangled in the mask before finally finding the perfect fit. “Goofy is such a great physical character,” says Goldberg. “There are so many great physical cartoons that Goofy was in, like Olympic Champ, Goofy Gymnastics, and The Art of Self-Defense, where the narrator is describing all the things Goofy is supposed to do—but, of course, he can’t.” This short continues that tradition. “Goofy’s having fun with it; we’re not making fun of wearing a mask,” McKim notes. “We can all relate to him, and we can have a little chuckle about it.”
“Learning to Cook”
It’s a recipe for comedy and disaster when Goofy uses everything but the kitchen sink—along with any and all ingredients in his understocked pantry and refrigerator—to concoct something original and uniquely Goofy. “Goofy will always do something based on his own cracked logic,” says Goldberg. After the narrator explains that a master chef can make anything taste delicious using whatever they have on hand, Goofy is emboldened to do just that.
Goofy sticks his neck out to show viewers what it means to be truly flexible when binge watching takes precedence over… well, just about everything! Goofy is remarkably able to multitask and juggle a variety of household activities simultaneously—in a way that only Goofy can. By the time he sits down to watch his favorite show, his gaze is fixated on the screen. “I thought it would be funny for Goofy to settle down with a slack-jawed expression and keep it there for the entire show,” says Goldberg.
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