A Knight for a Day
Studio: Disney Release Date : March 8, 1946 Series: Goofy Cartoon

Cumulative rating:
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Goofy (as Cedric) is preparing his knight, Sir Loinsteak, for a joust against Sir Cumference when an accident demands that Goofy take his place and, in the process, win the hand of the Princess Esmerelda.





Jack Hannah


Hugh Fraser
Judge Whitaker
Eric Larson
John F. Reed


Bill Peet


Oliver Wallace


Thelma Witmer


Yale Gracey


Walter Elias "Walt" Disney


RKO Radio Pictures

Clips Used In:

The Adventure Story

Included in:

Holiday for Henpecked Husbands

Cut Scenes

  • Some scenes of one of the knights smoking have been cut.


The Mickey Mouse Club (Season 3, Episode 19)


United States

Here's Goofy


Hier ist Goofy


Sport Goofy Joue et Gagne
Salut Goofy


Le Vacanze Di Pippo
Le Radici di Pippo

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Here's Donald / Here's Goofy


Sport Goofy's Vacation
Hello! Donald


United States

The Complete Goofy
The Sword in the Stone
The Sword in the Stone - 45th Anniversary Special Edition
The Sword in the Stone - 50th Anniversary Edition
Walt Disney Animation Collection : Volume 3 : The Prince and the Pauper


Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Die Hexe und der Zauberer

United Kingdom

Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy


Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy

BluRay Disc

United States

The Sword in the Stone - 50th Anniversary Edition

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 7:08
MPAA No.: 10388
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 Ryan :

This short is goofy (no pun intended), but funny. It's another one of those Goofy look-alike shorts. I enjoy the part where the usher is handing out programs to the audience (might I remind you that in those days, people didn't use programs). I also like the part where several people are heading into the castle's courtyard to watch the event, and the drawbridge rises with a sign that reads: SORRY! SOLD OUT.

From Malik Roberts :

I saw this right after "The Sword in the Stone." It's another of Walt's best productions featuring Goofy. It's a really good cartoon. The script is humorous, yet another piece of work to prove Walt Disney IS the man that made it ALL possible. A great short altogether.

From Baruch Weiss :

I first saw this cartoon on a video that my folks had brought for me when I was very young and it's another Goofy look alike cartoon. You can tell as in the beginning one of the Goofs says "Get your programs here folks you'll not know one knight from another without a program." The music was also nicely done!

From Al Galen :

I saw this cartoon in the television special "The Roots of Goofy" during the early 1990s. Gary Owens hosted that program. When I saw the jousting in "The Sword in the Stone", it reminded me of this Goofy short. Jousting also appears in "A Kid in King Arthur's Court". It was on The Disney Channel two decades ago. I recommend this classic animated short to fans of the Middle Ages in cinema.

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

1946 is finally here on the blog, with a new Goofy short. In A Knight for A Day, we get a nice new twist on the formula of the Goofy shorts, in a way that manages to make things feel more original. We’ve seen sports shorts before, such as the brilliance of Hockey Homicide, but in this short, the animators combine a medieval tale of jousting with the modern form of sports commentary to make a really fun piece of work.

We are introduced early on to the idea, as the short opens with an announcer building up the event that we are about to see, a joust in the courtyard of a castle. Rather than extolling the virtues of the event through flowery medieval language, the narrator uses the terminology and language of a sports announcer. It sounds like the old time radio announcers you may have heard before, in the best possible way.

The juxtaposition of the modern sports announcer with the medieval setting makes for some great comedy. The fact that Goofy is the main character only adds to that. Here again we have the case of multiple Goofys, portraying all the characters. We see the main Goof, a young squire named Cedric preparing his knight for battle. When an unfortunate accident occurs, it is up to Cedric to fill his knight’s armor and fight in his stead.

Cedric is sadly outclassed by his opponent, the cleverly named Sir Cumference. It gets to the point where even Cedric’s shield is scared and the lion on it runs away. It’s a fun gag, one of many during the jousting sequence. We get some great fun with Cedric trying to hold his own even as he figures out what to do next.

The ultimate strategy he comes up with is ingenious. Rather than let the larger man attack, he employs the old rope a dope strategy, letting the big knight tire himself out by pounding on the armor over and over again. All of this is to win the hand of a lady, who Cedric ends up with in the end.

All of this comes together to be a fun and fast moving short which is wildly entertaining. It is a true testament to the creativity of the Disney story team that they were able to take something like the formula of the Goofy shorts and stretch it to fit this format. As a sucker for medieval tales and Goofy, this one hit my sweet spot.