Back in the 1980s, The Disney Channel used to air a lot of their classic animated shorts. Among them included a series featuring Goofy as George Geef, an “everyman” with a wife and son (who later served as the basis for Goof Troop’s Max.) They basically lampooned the everyday struggles of an adult in the 1950s, from taking a road trip to managing the household chores. Being a child myself when I initially watched them, I found these as funny as any of the other shorts, even if a few jokes went over my head. Of course many of these gags are products of their time (such as the gender-based ones featured in Father’s Day Off ), but if I learned anything re-watching these shorts as an adult, it’s this:
- If your grandparents were Hockey fans, chances are they have seen some fights in their day.
- Slow Drivers annoyed them too
- Your parents’ teachers were just as underpaid and overworked as yours …
- … As well as having their own share of helicopter parents
- Everybody thought of leaving early to beat the traffic
And off-road motels were always sketchy AF
As much as the cartoon frequently reminds you of the decade it was made (with the radio programs, milk man and washing machine with hand wringer), it also comically reflects on broader American experience, making Grandma and Grandpa’s time not feel so foreign.
On the other hand …
It would be fun watching this character try to explain his school days to his post-Columbine grandchildren.