- 24 October 2012 | Surfing
The first ever animated surf movie was produced by Walt Disney, in 1941. "Hawaiian Holiday" is a treasure and hides interesting secrets about surfing.
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck, one crab and a starfish. These are the stars of the first animated surf movie ever produced. In 1937, Walt Disney went surfing.
"Hawaiian Holiday" is a beautiful Technicolor animated film, in which beach lifestyle reaches all its glory. In fact, Pluto and Goofy are the main characters of the plot, as they ride waves and play the ukulele, at an Hawaiian sandy beach.
As it is clearly visible, Goofy is still learning how to surf the vertical wave bombs. The initial attempts end up in the sand and rocks. The last ride is crash time and Goofy lands in a grave with his surfboard as a tombstone.
One of the hidden secrets of "Hawaiian Holiday" is Goofy's surf stance. If you watch closely, you can confirm that the star of the animated film rides waves with his right foot at the front of the surfboard.
The history of surfing tells us that the expression "goofy-footer" was born after the release of "Hawaiian Holiday", as opposed to regular-footed surfers.
The quality of the cartoons in "Hawaiian Holiday" is impressive for a film released in 1941. Ben Sharpsteen was the director behind this Walt Disney surf incursion. Interestingly, it was Disney himself who gave voice to Mickey Mouse.
There are also historical testimonies which confirm that this animated surf movie was banned or less promoted, after the attack of Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941.
Apparently, families of those who passed away in the attack may have considered unacceptable the sound of a dive bomb, when Goofy suffers a terrible wipeout and lands in the sand.