April 07, 2005
DisneyWar -- First Impressions
Posted by Christine Hurt

Disneywar On the plane from Milwaukee to Toledo, I started James B. Stewart's DisneyWar.  So far, I'm enjoying it, but the author damaged his credibility with me in the Prologue.  On page 5, Stewart loses me with the following statement:

Goofy is a dog, of course, with fur, a long snout, floppy ears, a slight potbelly, and big paws.

Goofy is not a dog.

In what kind of sick world would Mickey Mouse have a nonverbal dog named Pluto that lived in a doghouse and walked on all fours with a collar on and also have a dog friend named Goofy, who walked on two legs, talked, played sports, and sent his son, Max, to college?  If you watch the old Mickey Mouse cartoons, they are populated with a species that looks similar to Mickey, although some are taller, skinnier, shorter, rounder, burlier, scrawnier, etc.  Goofy is one of the taller, scrawnier specimens of that species.  if Mickey is a mouse, then Goofy is a mouse.

Stewart quotes later from a Disney memo he was given when he volunteered to be Goofy at Disney World for a day, which states "Goofy is a dog in man's clothing."  I think this is revisionist history.  Goofy is a mutant mouse.

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