The Art of Skiing

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The Art of Skiing
The Art of Skiing.jpg
Directed byJack Kinney (uncredited)
Produced byWalt Disney
Story byLeo Thiele (uncredited)
Ralph Wright (uncredited)
StarringJohn McLeish (Narrator)
George Johnson (Goofy)
Music byCharles Wolcott (uncredited)
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
November 14, 1941 (USA)
Running time
8 min (one reel)

The Art of Skiing is a Goofy cartoon made by Walt Disney Productions in 1941. It has historical significance as the first cartoon to use the now-famous Goofy holler,[1] as well as the short that led to the "How to..." series, beginning with How to Play Baseball (1942) and continuing through How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (2007).


Goofy goes to Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, to learn how to ski. The name of the resort can be seen in the opening frames of the cartoon. Sugar Bowl Ski Resort was used because Walt Disney had an interest in the Sugar Bowl ski area, to the extent that one of the peaks at Sugar Bowl is named Mt. Disney after him.

The narrator and the opening titles mention an alternate (and "correct") pronunciation of skiing as shee-ing, despite the narrator mostly pronouncing it vice versa throughout the short. Another Goofy cartoon featured Goofy himself mentioning this to an Ancient Greek.

This was the first cartoon to use the signature Goofy holler; it is the only vocal uttered by Goofy in the short.



  1. ^ [1]. (January 2009) Accessed January 5, 2009.
  • Borowiec, Piotr (1998) Animated Short Films: A Critical Index to Theatrical Cartoons Scarecrow Press ISBN 9780810835030 pg 21
  • McCall, Douglas L. (1998) Film cartoons: a guide to 20th century American animated features and shorts McFarland & Co ISBN 9780786405848 pg 91
  • Barrier, J. Michael (2007) The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney University of California Press ISBN 9780520241176 pg 349
  • Lund, Morten (December 2009) "The Short, Sweet Ski Life of Hannes Schroll in America" Skiing Heritage Journal Vol 21 #4:13

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