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Did You Think 'Goofy' Was a Dog? Voice Actor Since 1987, Bill Farmer, Answers the Question

Sea Published On Mon May 18 2020   Modified On Mon May 18 2020
Did You Think 'Goofy' Was a Dog? Voice Actor Since 1987, Bill Farmer, Answers the Question

The age-old question of what 'Goofy' from the 'Mickey Mouse' world really is is answered as Bill Farmer tells his story.

You ever wonder WHAT 'Goofy' is? He's not human, according to experts, and if he was a dog, then the owner of a dog (that is 'Pluto') would be a dog too? Oh, a half dog then? Yeah, a silly thing to say. Thank heavens 'Shaggy' is observable to be human. Otherwise, the whole Scooby-Doo franchise would've been another head-scratching question.

But don't you worry about it now. Bill Farmer has been the voice actor for the iconic Walt Disney character since 1987, despite trying to voice the other main characters as well. And he is here to finally confirm what species the odd character is. And remember, Goofy has a son as well.

Bill Farmer in front of a Goofy costume worn by another person.

Voicing 'Goofy' made Bill Farmer's career.
Photo Source: Francis Dominic, Twitter

It seems there's an entire Latin technical term for what Goofy is. He's of the family Canis Goofus, and if you flunked biology classes, then you may not get it that easily. The genus, Canis is, in general, for animals like dogs, wolves, hyenas, and then there's Goofy. So, he and his son belong to the Goofus species.

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"He is not a dog," Farmer confirms in an online interview with Yahoo! Entertainment. "Pluto is a dog, but Goofy seems to be in the canine family in the same way that a wolf is not a dog, but they also are in the canine family. I think Canis Goofus is the technical Latin term for what Goofy is. He's just Goofy."

Goofy was first introduced to the Disney world in 1932, with the name 'Dippy Dawg', as a side character. Of course, he was always the bad-omen type of character.

Bill farmer in the recording studio.

Farmer is currently working on the Disney+ reality series, 'It's a Dog's Life'.
Photo Source: Disney+

Pinto Colvig was the first original voice behind the cartoon character. And when they needed new vocal performers for all the iconic characters, he knew he could step in. As a childhood fan of Goofy, he felt best suited to the character, although he could do anyone besides 'Donald Duck'.

"I thought I did a pretty good Mickey Mouse," he continued performing for each of the characters. "I can't do Donald Duck very well. But Goofy was right in the wheelhouse. They liked that one, and since 1987 I've been the official voice."

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Farmer debuted as Goofy in the TV special, Doggone Valentine, but the significant part of his career was in 1992 with Goof Troop, as you could see, he was starting to raise a son, 'Max'. The mother of Max is another mystery we would like to see solved. No one knows about it.

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