Goofy and Wilbur

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Goofy and Wilbur
Poster for Goofy and Wilbur.jpg
Original theatrical poster
Directed byDick Huemer
Produced byWalt Disney
Story byOtto Englander
StarringGeorge Johnson
Music byPaul J. Smith
Animation byArt Babbitt
Izzy Klein
Ed Love
Wolfgang Reitherman
Bernard Wolf
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • March 17, 1939 (1939-03-17)
Running time
8 minutes 5 seconds

Goofy and Wilbur is a 1939 cartoon short produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures on March 17, 1939. It was the first cartoon which featured Goofy in a solo role without Mickey Mouse and/or Donald Duck.

In this cartoon Goofy goes fishing with his pet grasshopper, Wilbur, only for persistent bad luck to befall the duo. An anthropomorphic dog Goofy and his grasshopper friend Wilbur (who has limited ability to think or feel), catch fish in a net using Wilbur as bait; this cartoon has a violent depiction because Wilbur is nearly, or perhaps actually, killed.[1]

Plot synopsis[edit]

Goofy and his friend Wilbur, a tame grasshopper, team up for a fishing expedition. Goofy decides to use Wilber as bait, but has second thoughts when he realizes too late, that his friend might actually get eaten by a fish.[2] Goofy has a row boat and a net, but no fishing rod. Wilbur, being a live bug, becomes the perfect choice for bait inside the net, which will lure fish when the boat approaches.[3]

Wilber's life depends on the hapless and incompetent Goofy to save the little bug, who becomes the bait for a half-dozen fish;[4] as Wilber gets tricked again and again, he is even swallowed by a frog; then that frog gets eaten by a stork, all while Goofy desperately attempts a chasing rescue.[3] In the end Wilbur hatches out of the stork egg, and to Goofy's relief, seems okay, it is not explained how Wilber ended up in the egg of the stork.[2] One dedicated blog writer comments: "I wonder if Goofy has had a psychotic break at the end of the cartoon, and the reappearance of Wilbur is simply a delusion."[1]



  1. ^ a b "Cartoons of 1939: 035 Goofy and WIlber". The Cartoons of Project: 1939. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Goofy and Wilbur A Goofy Cartoon". The Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts. Archived from the original on 2016-04-08. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Goofy and Wilbur (1939) Plot Summary". IMDb / plot summary. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Goofy And Wilbur: Synopsis". The Big Cartoon Database. Retrieved 22 May 2016.

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