Gandy Goose

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Gandy Goose
First appearanceGandy the Goose (1938)
Created byPaul Terry

Gandy Goose is a classic Terrytoons cartoon character. He was frequently paired with Sourpuss, a cat, beginning in the 1939 short G-Man Jitters.[1] Sourpuss' first appearance was in the 1939 The Owl and the Pussycat. Voiced by composer and orchestral arranger Arthur Kay, Gandy spoke in a lyrical vocal parody of radio comedian Ed Wynn while Sourpuss vocally impersonated an impatient Jimmy Durante. Their surreal adventures often showcase extended dreams, bookended by coarse bedroom arguments.

Gandy was used to promote the U.S. war effort during World War II. In cartoons Gandy Goose joined the US Army in 1941 in the cartoon "Flying Fever" and also in "The Home Guard."[2]

Gandy Goose appeared in a total of 48 cartoons, the last being Barnyard Actor in 1955.[3] He also made two appearances in Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures (1987–1988) and a brief cameo in the final scene of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

Comic Books[edit]

Gandy Goose and Sourpuss also appeared in comic books, beginning in 1942 and lasting until 1964. Starting out published by Timely Comics, Gandy Goose was a regular feature in such titles as Terry-Toons Comics and Might Mouse, as well as the superhero titles Young Allies and Captain America Comics. In 1947, St. John Publications took over the licensing of Terrytoons characters; Gandy Goose continued to appear in Terry-Toons Comics and Mighty Mouse as well as Dinky Duck, Heckle and Jeckle, and his own self-titled series, which ran four issues from Mar. 1953 to Nov. 1953. Gandy Goose appeared in issues of Dell Comics' New Terrytoons title in the early 1960s and then in Mighty Mouse when it was being published by Western Publishing.

Gandy Goose and Sourpuss were satirized in Robert Crumb's underground comix title Mr. Natural #1 (1970), in a back-page feature called "Great Cartoon Characters of the Past: Where Are They Now." According to Crumb, the characters' last public appearance was on The Tonight Show in November 1966. Again according to Crumb, Sourpuss died of a heart attack in San Diego, California, in May 1968; while Gandy Goose was still alive, living in Long Beach and part-owner of a used-car business.[4]


  1. ^ According to IMBD, G-Man Jitters is from March 1939, while Hook Line and Sinker is from September 1939
  2. ^ Michael S. Shull, David E. Wilt (April 2004). Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated Short Films, 1939–1945. Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-7864-1555-7.
  3. ^ Earliest "Gandy Goose" Titles in IMDb
  4. ^ Crumb, R. "Great Cartoon Characters of the Past: Where Are They Now," Mr. Natural #1 (Apex Novelties/San Francisco Comic Book Company, 1970).

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