There is a lot wrong with this short, though. Except in appearance, Goofy
doesn't seem to be the same character as before. Where in his previous sports
shorts, he succeeeded, if at all, by a combiantion of accident and dumb
luck. Here, he seems too self-assured and porfessional. Take, for instance,
one of the first scenes where Goofy is seen stocking his sports store. He
commands the balls and tennis rackets as if he has total control and knows
exactly what he is doing. If his character had matched his previous shorts,
the balls and rackets would have still ended up where they were supposed
to be, but he would have probably destroyed half the store in the process.
The shorts also has a much more "cartoony" feel to it than Mickey's Christmas Carol. But it would serve as a natural bridge from the traditional
shorts to the (and I'll probably get into trouble for saying this) lower
quality of Disney's first forays into television animation.
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