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A Goofy Milestone for Disney Legend Bill Farmer

posted on January 27th, 2012 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


Some kids take offense at being called goofy. Bill Farmer took it as professional advice.

Disney Legend Bill Farmer, the Voice of ‘Goofy’

Born with the gift of comedic gab, Bill has turned his ability to channel stars both real and imagined into an illustrious show-business career involving a colorful array of animated characters. None are nearer or dearer to his heart than Goofy, the iconic character to whom Bill has lent his voice for decades.

As this week marks the milestone 25th anniversary of Bill’s career going Goofy, I sat down with the Disney Legend for an interview that’ll appear in a special Goofy-tribute issue of Disney Files Magazine scheduled to begin mailing to Disney Vacation Club members next month.

 Ryan March Chats with Disney Legend Bill Farmer, the Voice of ‘Goofy’

Here are three of my favorite Bill quotes from our visit:

On his skeptical father-in-law finally respecting Bill’s decision to quit his “real job” to focus on a career in comedy: “Well, fast forward a few years [after landing the Goofy gig], as I’m getting him backstage access to Walt Disney World Resort attractions and inviting him to private parties with celebrities, and the tide definitely turned. I’ll never forget going with him to an event at his church in Melbourne, Fla., and having him introduce me to his friends. Here’s exactly what he said: ‘I’d like you to meet my son-in-law, Bill…and his wife, Jennifer.’ I had arrived!”

On being Goofy at home: “One story that’s quintessentially Goofy unfolded when I was outside our house hanging Christmas lights. To set the scene, you had me, a bunch of tangled lights, a ladder and a pair of thorny rose bushes. Perfect setup for a Goofy moment, and you can probably see where this is going. But I didn’t just slip and fall into a rose bush. That would be too easy. I managed to snag my sweatpants on the first rose bush and fall bare-butted into the second. That, my friend, is taking your work home with you.”

On his favorite film project: “Of all the great projects I’ve been fortunate enough to take on in my career, “A Goofy Movie” has been my absolute favorite… The movie wasn’t just about Goofy’s goofiness. It was about a father struggling to connect with a son who wasn’t so little anymore. I remember taking my son, Austin, to an advance screening of the film for Disney executives in Walt’s old screening room on the lot in Burbank. Austin was pretty little at the time, and he seemed to be a bit shaken as we left the theater. I said, ‘What’s wrong, buddy?’ And he answered, ‘When you and Max were about to go over the waterfall, I thought you were going to die.’ So either we’d created a film of such emotional depth that even my own son had suspended disbelief, or my kid just couldn’t tell the difference between Dad and Goofy.”

Ryan March with Disney Legend Bill Farmer, the Voice of ‘Goofy’

On behalf of all Disney fans, Disney Vacation Club congratulates Bill on 25 years of the goofiest career in Hollywood.

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10 Comments

1

Kimberly from MA on January 27th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I wonder if, as he was falling into the rose bushes, he yelled in his Goofy voice “Yoy-hoy-hoy” :)

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Philip on January 27th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Congratulations, Mr. Farmer! You do a great job as the voice of Goofy (and also as the voice of Pluto, Horace Horsecollar, Practical Pig, Sleepy and the Sheriff of Nottingham).

3

Barbara on January 27th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I was thinking exactly the same thing Kimberly :)

Either that or his iconic “Yeaaaaouuuch”

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Eric on January 27th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

What’s the “Disney Stand-Up” logo in the background? Is Comedy Warehouse about to return, after all these years? :)

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Alisha from UT on January 27th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Goofy is my favorite “Fab Five” character, and I just rode Goofy’s Sky School for the first time on Tuesday. Congrats on 25 years, Bill! :)

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Caitlin on January 27th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Thank you for sharing this! Even now that we’re all college-age, A Goofy Movie is still the movie my siblings and I quote to each other more than any other, and that is essentially required viewing to understand any conversation we have, so hearing the voice of Goofy himself talk about it is great. :D

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Kelly on January 27th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I had the honor of meeting Bill at the D23 Conference this past August. He was so nice! Congrats on 25 years and here’s to 25 more!

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Deanna on January 27th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

And to think that we went to the same High School! :)

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Edward on January 28th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

That is a really sweet story about Bill taking his son to the screening of A Goofy Movie. I can’t wait to read the article in Disney Files!

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Sarah on February 1st, 2012 at 9:18 pm

WOW! Great Job Bill! I am a huge Disney fan and have always wondered who did Goofy! You’ve had a great 25 years, so heres to 25 more!

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