283. No Smoking – Jack Kinney

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SUMMARY: Goofy, in his George Geef everyman role, decides to quit smoking but quickly gives in to temptation.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘No Smoking’ is a surprising cartoon for an anti-smoking stance in a 1950s still rife with smokers both onscreen and off. In truth, though it is assuredly an anti-smoking cartoon, ‘No Smoking’ soft-peddles the message, focusing instead on the comedic potential of a man who will do anything to get his hands on a cigarette, cigar, pipe or anything he can use to smoke. This approach avoids preachiness but ensured that the cartoon was rarely shown on modern day TV, except in a slightly altered version which climaxes with Goofy denouncing smoking forever, instead of cheerfully puffing away on an exploding cigar, happy to be back in the world of smokers even at the expense of literal smoke damage. Pinto Colvig, the voice of Goofy, had been a long time smoker and was suffering from lung disease at the time this cartoon was made. He died of lung cancer in 1967, one year after Walt Disney himself died of the same condition.

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