He may not be as famous as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, but Goofy has his own fan following. The tall anthropomorphic dog who’s always in a characteristic turtle neck, white gloves, and fedora is best friends with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
We’ve gathered some fun facts about Goofy today. From his birthday to his former names, and from his family members to his shoe size, here’s everything you ever wanted to know about Goofy.
Read our ultimate fun fact guide on Goofy and see how much you know about this fun Disney character.
Fun Fact #1
Goofy’s birthday is on May 25, 1932. He made his debut in a 7-minute cartoon called Mickey’s Revue. His co-stars included Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Clarabelle Cow, and Horace Horsecollar.
Fun Fact #2
Goofy was originally called Dippy Dawg. He was then given the name George Geef and looked very different from the Goofy you know now. Only in his seventh appearance in Orphan’s Benefit did Goofy become the Goofy you love today.
Fun Fact #3
Goofy was originally voiced by Pinto Colvig, who also lent his voice to a couple of the dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Other voice actors who have done Goofy include Tony Pope, Will Ryan, Hal Smith, and Bill Farmer.
Fun Fact #4
Bill Farmer has been the voice of Goofy in over 60 cartoons since 1987 and continues to this day. He is also the voice of Goofy’s friend Pluto and Horace Horsecollar.
Fun Fact #5
Goofy’s father is called Amos Goof and mother is Mother Goof. Goofy’s son Max Goof made his first appearance in the short Fathers are People. There was also a mention of Mrs. Goof early on but never since. Other family members include Arizona Goof, a cousin; Gilbert Goof, a nephew; and Grandma Goof.
Fun Fact #6
Goofy’s shoe size is 18-1/2. We bet he has them custom-made.
Fun Fact #7
Goofy is a fitness fanatic. He starred in a series of shorts called The Goofy Sports Story featuring sports like skiing, football, gymnastics, baseball, and the Olympics. Theywere released in 1972 as Superstar Goofy.
Fun Fact #8
In the 1980s, Goofy was the official mascot of the French Olympic team.
Fun Fact #9
Goofy was also the mascot for River Country, the water park at Disney World before Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.
Fun Fact #10
Goofy’s massive fan following has ensured that there’s plenty of Disney merchandise designed with just his fans in mind. You can pick up everything from a deck of cards (no prizes for guessing… Goofy is the joker) to special candies from Goofy’s own candy store.
Fun Fact #11
Goofy is a dog with human features. But there’s been a rumor going around that just refuses to die down over the years. Some people think Goofy is a cow! But given that Disney’s original name for Goofy was Dippy Dawg, we think this is just that… a rumor.
Fun Fact #12
You can visit Goofy’s house at Disneyland California. It’s located in Mickey’s Toontown.
Fun Fact #13
At Walt Disney World, you can fly in Goofy’s stunt plane called The Barnstormer. We think this is the perfect starter roller coaster for tiny tots.
Fun Fact #14
Goofy is often portrayed as dim-witted and clumsy with a stupid grin. However, he is clever and intuitive in his own way. He brings a dash of eccentricity to Mickey and the gang.
Fun Fact #15
Animator Art Babbit who developed the character of Goofy has described him as good natured, gullible, half-witted, and a Good Samaritan.
Fun Fact #16
Goofy’s full name is Goofus D. Dawg.
Fun Fact #17
Goofy’s favorite phrase is Gawrsh! This is a play on Gosh! He other oft-repeated phrases are Yaaa… hoo hoo hoo hoooey, ah-hyuck, and “Somethin’ wrong here.”
Fun Fact #18
The famous trio, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy, first starred together in Mickey’s Service Station in 1935.
Fun Fact #19
Polar Trappers, which released in 1938, was the first to feature Goofy and Donald without Mickey.
Fun Fact #20
Goofy starred in his first solo cartoon in 1939. It was called Goofy and Wilbur. Wilbur was Goofy’s pet grasshopper in this short.
Fun Fact #21
In the 1950s, Goofy was portrayed as a family man named George Geef in the Everyman series. The stories featured Goofy in other characters with other names as well.
Fun Fact #22
Goofy got his own TV series called the Goof Troop in the 1990s. He was featured as a single father to his son Max. Other characters in this series included a neighbor Pete and a cat Waffles.
Fun Fact #23
Goofy and his son Max starred in A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie in 1995 and 2000 respectively.
Fun Fact #24
When Goofy’s son Max is grown and has left for college, Goofy has a romantic relationship with a character called Sylvia Marpole in An Extremely Goofy Movie. Goofy was also shown to have a crush on Clarabelle Cow in Mickey Mouse Works and House of Mouse.
Fun Fact #25
In 2021, Goofy stars in a series of How To… shorts. They have been developed during the COVID-19 pandemic an directed by Eric Goldberg, the Genie in Aladdin. These shorts will include how to stay at home, how to wear a mask, binge watching, and learning to cook, etc.
Fun Fact #26
Goofy has made appearances in many films including The Lion King 1-1/2, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Saving Mr. Banks. There are also hidden appearances in Aladdin, Flubber, and The Little Mermaid.
Fun Fact #27
The minimum height for cast members who play Goofy in the Disney parks is 6 feet tall.
Fun Fact #28
Goofy has starred in two shorts that were nominated for the Oscars – Aquamania and How to Play Football.
Fun Fact #29
Goofy was the last to join the Fab Five with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Pluto. But he was the first to star in his own TV series Goof Troop.
Fun Fact #30
Super Goof is Goofy’s secret identify and superhero alter ego. He can leap over tall buildings. But he tends to lose his superpowers at the last minute with hilarious results.
Goofy is a beloved Disney character that has been delighting kids and adults since 1932. His unique brand of slapstick humor and silliness is unmatched. Did you enjoy reading this ultimate fun fact guide about Goofy? Tell us in the comments if you know something we missed!