Friday, May 31, 2019

Woolie's Gaucho Goofy

Woolie Reitherman's animation of Goofy as a Gaucho in Saludos Amigos, 1943, is astonishing!
In this slow motion scene the audience is supposed to find out about the gaucho's hunting technique on horseback.

These are clean up drawings over Woolie's roughs. You can see clearly how the animator "messed" with his animation. Multiple color passes, erased positions and re-timed numbering.
The end result is broad, highly comical motion that somehow remains believable because of solid drawings based on real anatomy.
A masterpiece!

Click on the images 2x. For some reason they become sharper that way.


  1. As much as Woolie got a reputation for very rough passes, the line mileage is astonishing! I don't envy the clean up artist at all. 😂😂😂

  2. Love these, Andreas. Thanks for posting as usual!

  3. Woo-Hoo! One of my all time favorite scenes! Thanks so much for sharing this.

  4. I like to see it again!:-D
    Thanks for posting it and thanks for two sides full of Funny Riding Goofy in your book "The Nine Old Men" too! :-)

  5. Gotta love how he handles the horse's legs!