Sunday, November 28, 2010
Reflections On Goofy
As I'm sure any regular visitor to Tulgey Wood already knows, the ever-prolific Mark Evanier has posted on his always-updated blog about the classic "mirror scene" scene in which a look-alike character tries to convince that character he is looking at a reflection of himself and not another person. Among others, Mark lists Groucho and Harpo in Duck Soup (1933) and Harpo and Lucille Ball in the famed 1955 "Lucy and Harpo Marx" episode of I Love Lucy. Not mentioned, however, is Goofy and a mischievous spook playing out their own version of the mirror scene in Walt Disney's Lonesome Ghosts (1937). It's truly one of the best versions of the mirror routine—all the more so because it's animated, brilliantly, by veteran Dick Huemer. You can see a glimpse of it above (click on the image for a larger view) thanks to an animator identification mosiac created by Mark Mayerson for his excellent blog. PS Patty Duke did a version of the mirror bit too on her 1960s TV series The Patty Duke Show in which the Oscar-winning actress famously portrayed identical cousins.