Question: On a February 11, 1980 episode, what real life tragedy (which occurred 2 months earlier) did WKRP in Cincinnati deal with?
Last Question: In honor of Goofy’s 80th birthday, can you name the person who has been the official voice of Goofy since 1987’s Disney’s Doggone Valentine?
Answer: Bill Farmer
“Gawrsh!” It’s hard to believe, but Goofy is 80 years old now. first appeared in Mickey’s Revue, first released on May 25, 1932:
Pinto Colvig provided the original voice. Goofy would become part of the trio of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. They starred in several cartoon shorts together.
Then in 1939, the Goofy “How To..” series began. In the cartoons Goofy would demonstrate, clumsily but always determined and never frustrated, how to do everything from snow ski, to sleeping, to football, to riding a horse. The Goofy How to… cartoons worked so well they that they became a staple format, and are still used in current Goofy shorts, the most recent being the How to Hook Up Your Home Theater, released theatrically in 2007.
A lot of us remember these cartoons, not from their original released, but from seeing them when The Disney Channel became available on cable.
Commentary alert!! Am I the only one who misses these old cartoons on the Disney Channel? I really think they need to bring these back. I am a HUGE Disney fan, but much like MTV, I can’t watch that channel anymore. Sure, it’s a kid’s channel, but I can only take so many shows about smart-ass kids and dumb-ass adults. If they aired a block of these classic cartoons, I know I would tune in. Would you rather watch Hannah Montana or this:
Now, on to Bill Farmer:
After Pinto Colvig died, Goofy was voiced with different voice actors until Bill Farmer became the official voice.
Bill Farmer had been a stand-up comedian in Dallas. A Dallas commercial agent suggested that Farmer, given his talent for voices, should move to California and try his luck there. Four months after his moving out to Hollywood, his agent asked him if he could do any Disney characters. His very first animated character audition was for Goofy. He won the job, inheriting the voice of Goofy (as well as Pluto and Horace Horsecollar). In addition to the Disney characters, among several other characters, Bill Farmer voiced Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, and Foghorn Leghorn in the 1996 Looney Tunes/Michael Jordan movie Space Jam.
In September 2009, Farmer was named a Disney Legend. Here is the one that started it all for him:
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