How to Swim (1942)


How to Swim (1942)

Goofy shows us how to swim, first using a piano stool to demonstrate the strokes, right into the middle of traffic and back again. Next, Goofy tries to change in a tiny beachhouse and ends up underwater without realizing it. He eats his picnic lunch and finds himself literally tied into knots with cramps. Next, Goofy takes on diving, as first demonstrated by an outline model; of course, for him, it doesn't go nearly as well. Finally, Goofy tries riding the surf in an inner tube, but first it's punctured by an ill-placed anchor, then it turns into a slingshot thanks to a couple of cleverly placed posts.
IMDb   7.2 /10
TheMovieDb    6.6 /10
FilmAffinity   6.0 /10
Director Jack Kinney
Writer Webb Smith
Writer Ralph Wright
Release Date1942-10-23
GenreAnimation, Short, Comedy, Family, Sport
Content RatingApproved (Approved)
CompanyWalt Disney Productions
Narrator (voice)

How to Swim (1942 film)

How to Swim is a cartoon made by Walt Disney Productions in 1942, featuring Goofy.


In this cartoon, Goofy provides an educational treatise on swimming and diving with questionable results.

Voice cast

  • Goofy: Pinto Colvig
  • Narrator: John McLeish


  • 1942 – Theatrical release
  • 1964 – Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, episode #10.23: "In Shape with Von Drake" (TV)
  • 1972 – The Mouse Factory, episode #1.7: "Water Sports" (TV)
  • 1976 – "Superstar Goofy" (TV)
  • c. 1983 – Good Morning, Mickey!, episode #64 (TV)
  • 1991 – Aired on ITV in the UK as part of the Children's ITV Summer Morning programming presented by Glenn Kinsey (TV)
  • c. 1992 – Mickey's Mouse Tracks, episode #66 (TV)
  • c. 1992 – Donald's Quack Attack, episode #33 (TV)
  • 1993 – The Adventures of Mickey and Donald, episode #18 (TV)
  • 1997 – The Ink and Paint Club, episode #3: "Sports Goofy" (TV)

Home media

The short was released on December 2, 2002 on Walt Disney Treasures: The Complete Goofy.

Additional releases include:

  • 1981 – "Goofy Over Sports" (VHS)
  • 1983 – "Cartoon Classics: More Sport Goofy" (VHS)
  • 2005 – "Classic Cartoon Favorites: Starring Goofy" (DVD)