The Biography of Disney’s Goofy

Goofy G. Goof is a publicly cherished individual who has brought love and joy to millions around the world. His tenure with The Walt Disney Company has propelled him into the spotlight; his face adorns the walls of dozens of children’s bedrooms and his voice vertebrates in the minds of thousands.

However after extensive research and interviews with friends and family members our organisation can exclusively reveal that most of this was to cover a tragedy. Goofy lived a life of betrayal and abandonment which forced him into situations that may surprise the average reader.

Born in England in early November 1892, Goofy was brought into this world during the height of Sherlock Holmes mania with the release of the best selling book ”The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Goofy was born to loving parents Amos Goof (Father) and Delia Dawg (Mother).

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Tragically Delia died a few days later due to complications from the birth and Amos was left alone to raise his son.

At the time Amos was a missionary and in the past had spent large amounts of time in Africa spreading the word of Christianity. A few months after the death of his wife, Amos felt it would be best to dedicate more of his life to God and thus 2 month old Goofy and himself moved to North Africa in January 1893.

Amos had spent several years preaching against the use of slaves in Europe; and since the nation of Liberia had been created for freed American slaves, Amos decided to settle there.

Amos Goof dressed as a local of Liberia (Now known as the Republic of Liberia) (1894)

Goofy spent the next 5 years of his life being brought up by members of the Jq’pido tribe and learnt the basics of what the average four year old would know.

Drawing of Goofy (aged 3) with his pet Crocodile, Poogie (September 1895)

However events were soon to turn to the dark side and Goofy’s future would be changed forever.

In the United States slavery had been abolished in 1865. However there were those in the former slave owning community that were secretly smuggling slaves into the Americas and were determined that those former slaves that had moved to Liberia should be recaptured.

Unfortunately historical information is very sketchy, but there are certain aspects that we can be sure about. One summer morning in 1898, Amos left Goofy in the care of the Jq’pido and went to preach in nearby towns.

He returned in the late afternoon to find the village destroyed and members of the tribe murdered. According to his diaries, Amos desperately searched the area, but could not find his son. It was a dark time for Amos and clear records of events during this period are difficult to come by . Some believe that Amos journeyed across the world to try and find his son. Amos’s diaries do corroborate that he left Liberia to search for Goofy, but unfortunately his diary entries stop in 1900. It seems that Amos was doomed to live the rest of his life in darkness and he died never having the chance to see his son again.

A drawing done from memory from the last person that saw Amos alive (1898)

On the boat ride over, Goofy was looked after by Jahia Okorie, a member of the Jq’pido tribe. Jahia would go on to play her own role in Hollywood; most famously as Mammy Two Shoes in a variety of Tom and Jerry Cartoons during the 1950s.

Jahia Okorie (Playing Mammy Two Shoes) alongside Hollywood Legend, Kevin Apollo Rodriguez III (Playing Jerry Mouse) (1952)

On arrival in America a young man called W.E.B. Du Bois saw her and Goofy being held for sale in a secret market. As a life long fighter for equality he immediately called the police and had the leaders arrested.

W.E.B. Du Bois (1899)

In a strange country with nowhere to go Jahia was worried and frightened. Taking pity on her, Du Bois invited her to live with him and his wife in Atlanta as a temporary house guest. Having no where to go she accepted, but insisted that Goofy should remain with them.

The next decade of Goofy’s life was far happier. Du Bois was more than happy to help towards the cost of raising/teaching Goofy and treated him as if he was one of his own. While at first Goofy did enjoy going to school, the way he was treated would eventually lead him to have cold feelings towards the education system.

Drawing of Goofy studying for his exams aged 15 (1908)

As the school years went by Goofy’s academic ability was derided by his teachers and he struggled to stay focused in lessons. Add to this was the consistent bullying he received from his fellow school mates and it’s safe to say that towards the end school was not a pleasant time for Goofy.

Goofy attempting to improve his musical ability aged 16 (1909)

However Goofy’s skills in sports and athletics were almost second to none. Not only did he make the local baseball team (which for a person of his race was quite an achievement.); but he also was an excellent runner and represented the city of Atlanta in a state wide race.

A happy Goofy at one of his baseball games (1909)
Goofy running for his city (1909)

In around 1910 he was noticed by members of the Olympic committee. Goofy was then asked to represent his country at the future 1912 Olympic Games. Only 18 years old and seeing this as the greatest chance he’d ever get Goofy excitedly agreed. He then spend the next two years training with some of the best athletes in America.

In the summer of 1912 Goofy waved goodbye to his adoptive mother Jahia and set off with his head held high for Stockholm; Sweden. Though he tried hard Goofy unfortunately lost the Olympic marathon. Disappointed and feeling like he had let down his family and his country Goofy withdrew from socialising with his colleagues and spent much of his time alone.

However, about a week later, a fellow US athlete was taken ill and in order to save face Goofy was asked to take his place. By sheer luck more than skill; Goofy won the Olympic Gold medal for the sport of ”Javlin rodeo.”

Happy he had won Goofy returned to the United States a hero. But there were those that felt that it was disgusting a ”dog” had won a medal for the USA. Soon after rumours of drug abuse were spreading and unable to defend himself; Goofy was stripped of his medal and left in disgrace.

Upset and full of hatred Goofy returned home to Atlanta. Now shunned by his whole town rather than just his school friends; Goofy was unable to find a job. He thus moved to New York and spent the next two years helping W.E.B. Du Bois with his monthly NAACP magazine; The Crisis.

Goofy doing research for The Crisis (1914)

During his research Goofy discovered that under the government of Woodrow Wilson; African-Americans, Asian Americans, Dogs, Ducks and other such ”undesirable minorities” had been heavily restricted from federal jobs. This included the inability for such minorities to become Officers in the U.S. Army.

With the information dug up by Goofy, Du Bois wrote an editorial in 1914 deploring the dismissal of blacks from federal posts. Unable to continue fighting inequality for military minorities from the outside; Du Bois asked Goofy to join the armed forces. Though reluctant at first, Goofy eventually agreed.

Over the next 3 years Goofy worked hard in the military learning a variety of skills such as marksmanship, piloting and bomb defusing.

When the United States entered World War I in 1917 Goofy was assigned to serve under Captain Quackmore Duck (Hero of the Spanish-American War and father of the famed actor Donald Fauntleroy Duck)

Goofy was greatly influenced by Quackmore as he was the only member of the US military that was an Officer and yet also from the Duck minority. But this influence was not just one way as Quackmore also quickly came to trust Goofy.

In 1918 while they were travelling over Eastern France their plane was shot down by German forces. It took them almost 2 weeks of avoiding enemy patrols in order to get back to the Allied side.

Goofy and Quackmore camping in enemy territory. Goofy is pointing towards a German Bi-Plane that has just been shot down (1918)

These 2 weeks were very influential for Goofy as, according to his fellow soldiers, Quackmore and him spent many hours discussing each others ideologies. Quackmore subscribed to a belief in violent direct action and felt that was the only way white America would start treating them as equals. Young and naive; Goofy soon agreed heartily with Quackmore’s ideals of direct action, but was still on the fence with the idea of using violence.

World War One ended a few months later and gradually members of the armed forces were discharged. Quackmore decided to travel back home to his wife and start a family. Now no longer a combat solider, Goofy came up with the idea of improving race relations through media and Propaganda. He spoke to the army higher ups and convinced them to establish a new department that would improve army relations with the general public. Finally after months of discussion Goofy was given the go ahead and at the age of 27 in 1919 the Department of Ideological Solutions and the National Equality of Youths (D.I.S.N.E.Y) was established.

For the next 15 years Goofy worked hard on a variety of army recruitment
programs and educating the American public. Below is an example of Goofy doing two short educational shorts on Sailing and investigating.

During this time Goofy worked with a variety of famous actors such as Judy Garland, Frank Capra and the up and coming Dougles Atti Bourgera.

Dougles Atti Bourgera playing Felix the Cat (1934)

Over the years D.I.S.N.E.Y started to recruit more and more actors for their propaganda. Once such person was Mickey Mouse who was hired in 1936. Through Mickey’s girlfriend, Minnie, Goofy would eventually meet the girl that would become his wife.

Minnie and Penelope “Penny” Pooch playing as children (1917)

Though very shy, Penny seemed to open up whenever Goofy was around. Over time they found they had many activities in common and slowly grew to love each other. Goofy finally proposed to her during a starry night overlooking the Hollywood sign in 1940. They planned to marry the following year, but fate was to throw a spanner into their plans.

With the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941 the United States was thrown into war and D.I.S.N.E.Y’s workload shot through the roof. Hundreds of Propaganda pieces were produced. Two such examples are below:

Contact between Penny and Goofy was minimal during the war, but Goofy made sure that Penny never felt alone through his (now famous) Love Letters. The following phrase made famous by Sylvester Stallone was actually taken from one of Goofy’s letters.

“Love is absolute loyalty. People fade, looks fade, but loyalty never fades. You can depend so much on certain people, you can set your watch by them. And that’s love, even if it doesn’t seem very exciting.”
Goofy Goof – June 1944

With the Allied victory in 1945 Goofy was hoping to spend more time with Penny and maybe start a family, but unfortunately the requirements of D.I.S.N.E.Y kept him busy.

During the war the racial relationship between soldiers, though still strained, had definitely improved since the beginning of the war. By 1948 Goofy finally had his victory as President Harry S. Truman signed Executive order 9981 which Desegregated all aspects of the American military.

Over the next few years Goofy was required less and less by D.I.S.N.E.Y as more and more minorities were accepted into the military. Finally, after being engaged for over a decade, in 1951 Goofy was given leave to marry the love of his life. The lavish event took place in Florida with dozens of Goofy and Penny’s friends and family attending.

Mickey Mouse (as Best Man) at Goofy Goof’s Wedding (1951)
Goofy preparing to strut his stuff at his Wedding Reception (1951)

The next decade of Goofy’s life was fairly quiet and a truly happy time for the married couple. Weekdays would be spent working at D.I.S.N.E.Y, but weekends would be spent with his beautiful wife and helping her with her cupcake store.

By 1960, John F. Kennedy had been elected President and Goofy had become the Captain of an elite black-ops unit known as M.o.M (Mavericks of Mayham). It was a 50 man strong group that consisted of mainly minorities and were some of the best trained members of the armed forces.

The Mavericks of Mayham (1959) – From left to right: Communist Defector Vladimar Ducko, Sapper Percy P. Percival, Sniper and Captain of M.o.M Goofy Goof, Pilot Simon Giganto and Infiltrator Benjamin B Wolf.

 

During this period tensions between Communist Cuba and the United States had increased significantly. Disapproving of Fidel Castro‘s rule over Cuba, Kennedy ordered the invasion of Cuba by approx 1,500 American trained rebels (known as Brigade 2506). Leading the group would be Goofy and his M.o.M. This event would be known to future generations as the Bay of Pigs invasion.

What followed was what many of the survivors considered ”72 hours of hell and destruction.” Though the 1,500 strong rebels went in on the offensive, the United States refused to send air support and they were soon beaten back. One by one Goofy watched each one of his men fall to a hail of bullets.

By the end of the third day only 2 members of M.o.M had survived. Goofy and Percy (Pete). This point is believed by many to be a turning point in Goofy’s life as his hatred of the American Government is thought to have begun here.

President Kennedy negotiated the release of the last few survivors and Goofy returned to the U.S, his soul destroyed, but his reputation intact. Goofy spent the next 2 years publicly speaking out against President Kennedy; even going as far as to say:
”Even though I am not a communist, even those Godless men would treat those who sacrifice their lives for their country with more respect.”

By 1963 Goofy had a regular column in the New York Times that he used to heavily critisise the Kennedy administration. Though the facts are murky, what can be said for certain is that Goofy was present in Dallas on November 22nd 1963 and at approx 12:30pm John F Kennedy was assassinated.

Readers might consider that a bit of a coincidence, but what can also be certain is that Dealey Plaza (where the president was shot) was shut down completely. Nobody could get in or out. And yet late that night this image was picked up by a security camera facing the grassy knoll.

Still from security footage on 23rd November 1963, 01:13am

The security cam however would not be checked for another week and by then Goofy had left Dallas to return to his wife in New York. Within a few days he was arrested and questioned.

Goofy vigorously defended his innocence to anyone that would listen. With public outrage growing at the incarceration of an American Hero and (possibly) feeling that Lee Harvey Oswald would be an easier target; the Government let him go. Life, however, was not going to get better.

By the 1970s Goofy and Penny had been trying for many a year to have a baby. With accusations of communist leanings, Goofy had found it difficult to gain employment in a civilian job and was barely hanging onto his job at D.I.S.N.E.Y.

Finally by the summer of 1976, Penny had fallen pregnant and by Spring 1977, little Maximus Goof was born. Hope had risen again in Goofy’s life and yet it was going to escape his grasp in just a few months.

In the Winter of 1977 Penny Goof was involved in a car crash with a drunken driver.

Desperate and afraid Goofy rushed to her bedside….

…and was too late. She had closed her eyes for the final time just a few minutes before he arrived. According to doctors he merely sat there. He sat there in silence, holding her hand till night had fallen.

Photo of Goofy returning from the hospital taken by a member of the public (1977)

Goofy returned home and almost fell into a deep depression. But through his best friends, Mickey and Pete, he realised that it was now his duty to look after his son. And so for the next 17 years till 1994, he stayed out of the public eye and politics to properly raise the last connection he had to his dearest Penny.

In 1994 with his now 17 year old son, Goofy wrote a touching script about a father and son’s journey about acceptance, understanding and love. The script was eventually produced as A Goofy Movie (released in 1995)

Earning over $35 million worldwide, A Goofy Movie became the 51st highest grossing film of 1995 and shot Goofy back into the limelight.

Having reached his twilight years Goofy only did a few short movies a year. All of them were released to high critical acclaim and were very popular with the public.

Though Goofy isn’t as young as he used to be and some controversy does still surround him, his dedication to his country is unquestionable and the love he has for his wife and son is commendable.

But most importantly, unlike some of his fellow D.I.S.N.E.Y collegues, such as Mickey or Donald, Goofy always had time for his fans. He is always there with a smile on his face and gives his time away freely for even the youngest fan. Here’s hoping that such a great dog will never be forgetten.

Other Disney Biographies
Biography of Disney’s Pluto

Biography of Disney’s Donald Duck

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