HOW TO PLAY FOOTBALL (1944) POSTER, US
Linen-backed and conservation framed with UV plexiglass
Excellent condition, with the colours remaining very strong. Restoration to folds and small tear in the background under Goofy's left foot. There is a black line running down the left edge of the poster, which is from the original printing.
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In 1938 Pinto Colvig (the voice of Goofy from 1932) had a disagreement with Disney and left the studio. It is understood that Colvig's temporary departure was the cause of the creation of the How To cartoon series, as Goofy had very little dialogue in them. From 1942 the How To series featured a different version of Goofy playing all the characters in the film. Colvig returned to Disney and resumed the voice of Goofy in 1943. This series of shorts, including How To Swim, Fish, Play Golf and How to Play Football, allowed Goofy to develop a very real and human character and not just his usual clumsy cartoon persona.
This is an exceptionally rare 1940s Disney short film poster, and has only surfaced a couple of times in the last fifteen years.