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How to Play Football is a 1944 Goofy cartoon directed by Jack Kinney.


The Goofies of Taxidermy Tech take on the Goofies of Anthropology A and M. While they are playing, the narrator tells the viewers how the game of football is played as well as give play-by-play commentary.


  • It was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Short Subject category, but lost to the Tom and Jerry short film "Mouse Trouble".
  • The original title cards were done entirely on animated placards in a football stadium.



Home video


  • Goofy Over Sports
  • View Master Interactive Vision Disney's Cartoon Arcade




Have a Laugh! changes

The following scenes were deleted from the short release due to time constraints:

  • The opening shot of the college.
  • The teams coming out onto the field.
  • The try for the extra point for Taxidermy Tech, raising the score from 6 to 7.
  • The coach saving Swivel-Hips Smith.
  • The huddle deciding which number to call.
  • Many of the gags during the first half of the game are cut, going from a Taxidermy quarterback literally barking signals to a Taxidermy player going for a bullet pass.
  • The Taxidermy Tech cheerleaders' scene.
  • The entire halftime section with the players in the locker room, as the coach addresses the team before telling them to "get out there and fight".
  • Swivel-Hips Smith being brought for the second half.
  • The coach swallowing his cigar as Smith is hit hard.
  • The coach feverishly reviving Smith is shortened.
  • The gag involving Taxidermy Tech up against a wall of the opposing team.
  • One player getting kicked in the face by another.
  • Smith stumbling around the field is shortened, and the coach with many cigars in his mouth during the scene is cut.
  • The sportscaster gnawing on his microphone as he watches.


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