2 March 2003 | San Franciscan
My absolute favourite classic Goofy cartoon.
They don't make cartoons like this anymore.
As a future cartoon designer growing up, I had always found the original Goofy cartoons to be a mixed bag, and that was because the studio "experimented" with him so much that it drove me crazy. They'd give him human-shaped feet (my biggest complaint, it looks like an eyesore and I found it much too visually distracting), yank off his ears, move his trademark teeth together as beaver-style teeth and at one point even changed his personality and stole his loveable voice away from him! This is especially noticeable during the '50s when the character that resulted, in my opinion, simply wasn't the same character I loved who appeared in his early screen appearances.
But THE BIG WASH is the one that I refer to as The Perfect Goofy Cartoon.
By this point, Disney had their animation craft down to a science with a pleasing "gloss" look that they had perfected around the time of THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD and would later grace all their feature length films from DUMBO on until the advent of the Xerox camera (who gave them their later "sketchy" look). That highly professional level of quality graces this one, too.
Goofy looks absolutely perfect in this one with gorgeous draftsmanship and expression, and the cartoon seems to express everything I love about Disney cartoons in particular: both cute and funny, light, enjoyable and even has a wildly catchy song that I wish they'd re-released on CD sometime. Also, Goofy's voice--if it's possible--has never sounded cuter or more expressive than here (I *LOVE* how he sounds here when being tickled by that trunk! Just listen to that giggle). This is one of those Goofy cartoons that give you an excellent idea of his overall personality as opposed to just a couple of its facets, something I love and have seen in a single cartoon only a few times otherwise.
After all these years, I am still as an adult absolutely in love with this short and rushed out to get "The Complete Goofy" on DVD the moment I heard it contained THE BIG WASH. And the moment I got it, I went slightly berzerk that evening playing this clip again and again since I knew I didn't have to worry about the DVD burning out.
It goes without saying that I can go crazy on just one cartoon, but hey, I'm a professional cartoonist for pete's sake. ;) But even if you aren't, how could you possibly resist this one's charm? It's one of the cartoons that helped majorly in putting Goofy on the map of history and into the hearts of millions.