Thursday, December 26, 2013

Goofy Pencil Tests

The Goofy short "How to hook up your Home Theatre" was released in December of 2007. If you missed it you can watch it right here at (not sure if the aspect ratio is correct, it looks a little narrow):

We had a blast animating this six minute tribute to the old "How to…" Goofy shorts.
It was directed by Stevie Wermers and Kevin Deters and animated by Dale Baer, Eric Goldberg, Mark Henn, Randy Haycock, Alex Kupershmidt and myself. 
It was produced in no time and turned out to be one of my favorite shorts I worked on, Runway Brain would be another one.
Here are a few pencil tests of some of my scenes. The first shot shows Goofy trying to open a monster cable box. It was animated from personal experience. A while back I tried to rip one of those boxes open and almost broke my hand… 


  1. the music is from" Lady and the Tramp"

  2. The chainsaw gag really got me. Hilarious!

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  4. I didn't know this short existed. I loved these. Woolie Reitherman and Jack Kinney are applauding the efforts on this one from above!

  5. This was a brilliant homage to the 50s Disney that I grew up with (as reruns in the 70s, of course). In a similar vein, Pixar's "Your Friend, The Rat" (an extra on the Ratatouille dvd) is a great one in the style of Ward Kimball's odder direction for the Disney TV show like the Tomorrowland sequences.

  6. Wow, really enjoyed this short. Thanks for posting the tests. Goofy is the best.

  7. Wow, really cool! I love Goofy!
    I just started reading Richard Williams book on animation and in the "walk chapter" it's said that Art Babbit innovated with the way of animating the walk of Goofy, by putting his feet backwards. I was wondering if there were some pincil test of Goofy walking on the internet?
    (sorry for my bad english)

    1. Not to my knowledge. But you can study Babbit's walk in the short "Moving Day".

  8. I can't understand why Disney did not include this short in the National Treasure DVD. What a loss for the fans!

  9. Those pencil tests are excellent, and i would gladly watch the short, but it is not available here. :(