How to Fish
Studio: Disney Release Date : December 4, 1942 Series: Goofy Cartoon

Cumulative rating:
(3 ratings submitted)


Goofy as the compleat angler.




Note: "Unverified" credits may not be correct and should be taken with a grain of salt.


Jack Kinney (unverified)


Edwin "Ed" Aardal (unverified)
Jack Gayek (unverified)
Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman


Walter Elias "Walt" Disney


RKO Radio Pictures

Clips Used In:

How to Relax

Included in:

Goofy's Cavalcade of Sports


Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 39)
Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 32)


United States

Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 8 : Sport Goofy's Vacation


Hier ist Goofy


Salut Goofy


Pippo Superstar
Pippo Nel Pallone

Laserdisc (CAV)


Sport Goofy's Vacation

Laserdisc (CLV)


Sport Goofy's Vacation
Disney Cartoon Festival 7


United States

The Complete Goofy
Starring Goofy


Alle Lieben Goofy
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy


Tout le Monde aime Goofy


Il Mio Eroe Pippo

United Kingdom

Everybody Loves Goofy
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy


Alla Alskar Langben
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy


Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 3 : Starring Goofy

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 7:17
MPAA No.: 7324
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording

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From Trae Robinson :

This cartoon isn't that special. Goofy already fished on two early shorts such as The Whalers and Goofy and Wilbur. The ending is really funny when Goofy catches a fish, but it was his motor, not a fish.

From Baruch Weiss :

These "How To" shorts would have been better being titled How not to, especially in this one because Goofy demonstrates how not to fish, especially in the finale when he ends up catching the motor to his boat instead of catching the real fish, but nevertheless they are still funny cartoons!

From Dino Cencia :

On The Complete Goofy bonus materials poster gallery, I saw the How to Fish poster with Goofy saying "I know how to fish, I just don't know how to catch them." I loved it when Goofy said that on The Complete Goofy. Goofy is right. Catching fish is a little hard, but it's also fun to fish. I love fishing. I give this a 694 out of 694.

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

More Goofy “How To” goodness today, as we look at the Goof taking on one of my father’s favorite pastimes – fishing. How To Fish is a humorous look at the world of a fisherman. As most fishermen can tell you, fishing is a frustrating pursuit with some exciting rewards every now and then. This short captures that perfectly.

The opening of the short is amusing, as it focuses on the relationship of the tides and the astrological chart to how the fish end up biting. Any good fisherman can tell you when the best time to fish is, and most likely, you’ll end up with different recommendations from each and every one. In the short, the narrator uses a cleverly drawn image of fish in the astrology chart to show that fish will bite in certain phases.

From there, we see Goofy lounging at home, until he falls prey to the same astrological phenomenon. It comes upon him like a flash, driving the Goof out of his seat and into full fishing mode. Again, I’ve seen this happen to family members, where hey get taken over by the urge to go fishing. It’s quite funny to see it portrayed through Goofy, though.

The scenes of Goofy trying to fish are exactly what you’d expect, but that doesn’t make them any less amusing. Goofy gets caught on his own line, scares the fish away by falling in the water and generally contradicts everything the narrator is telling him to do. It’s the genius of this series that it continues to work, despite the fact that viewers know exactly what to expect.

My favorite little bit is when Goofy uses a fly lure to drop in the water, and we get to see the view from the fish. The distended and murky view of Goofy trying to see the fish react is priceless, as is the laughter from the fish themselves.

By the time we reach the end, you’re rooting for Goofy to catch something, anything. And of course, he does just that, but not a fish. No, instead the line gets caught on the engine of his boat, and drags Goofy along the water for an endless procession of gags.

Is How To Fish formulaic? You bet. That does not make it less fun, though. It hits a ton of great notes and provides a humorous way to look at a hobby that many people enjoy. Plus, it’s Goofy. How can you go wrong?