Inspired by decades of “Art of” and “How To” animated shorts featuring Goofy, Disney has produced an amusing live action short entitled “The Art of Vacationing,” following “the common traveler” experiencing the Disneyland Resort.
Traditionally-animated sight gags are replicated perfectly with a live version of Goofy in this new short, with none of the wackiness lost as he arises in a Grand Californian hotel room, plans his day at Disneyland, rides a few recognizable attractions, and even meets with some other familiar characters.
Video: “The Art of Vacationing” Goofy short at Disneyland
This cartoon-turned-live style appears to be a bit hit among Disney fans, with comments on YouTube ranger from “awesome” to “wonderful” to the most popular “Please make more of these.” Animation, even when reproduced in live action, is certainly at the heart of Disney. From the opening title card and storybook to its closing credits, this short successfully harness the feeling of classic Disney animation, without using any animation at all.
Most recently, Goofy returned to the big screen in 2007 with “How to Hook Up Your Home Theater,” the first Goofy short produced in around 46 years, since 1961’s “Aquamania.”