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Motor Mania is a cartoon made by Walt Disney Productions in 1950. In this madcap motoring animation, Goofy (during his "Everyman" period) transforms into a Mr. Hyde-esque split personality, when he gets behind the wheel and provides the lowdown on how not to drive safely.

Synopsis

The cartoon shows how the character, as the pleasant, friendly, and good-natured "Mr. Walker" who "wouldn't hurt a fly nor step on an ant", undergoes a change in personality to the violent "Mr. Wheeler" when he gets behind the wheel of his yellow car. As Mr. Walker he's polite, safe, and good-natured while as Mr. Wheeler; he is very mean, reckless, and predatory. Upon reaching his destination in town (we are not shown the character's reason for traveling) and leaving his automobile, he reverts to the mild-mannered Mr. Walker, whereupon he is the victim of other motorists' unsafe (and sometimes even predatory) driving habits. However, once he returns to his car, he becomes Mr. Wheeler again, seeking to impose his own will upon traffic, to the point of blaming the tow truck which hauls him away for his slow pace after his own auto accident, and breaks the fourth wall by telling the narrator, while educating him on safe driving habits, "Ah, shut up!"

Voice Cast

  • Bob Jackman - Mr. Walker/Mr. Wheeler
  • John McLeish - Narrator

Trivia

  • This is the first Goofy cartoon to have a fully-redesigned Goofy, with a lack of both floppy ears and front buck teeth. It was also the first short to use a jazz remake of the theme song used in Goofy shorts prior.
  • According to "The Goofy Success Story" from Disneyland, the in-universe explanation for the apparent disappearance of Goofy's ears is that, for this film, he had his ears tied above his head and hidden under his hat.
  • This cartoon was used as an army commercial film in 1955.
  • This cartoon reveals that road rage is not a recent phenomenon, but an issue recurring with each generation of drivers.
  • Due to its subtle topicality, it and two 1965 Goofy cartoons about freeway safety, Freewayphobia #1 and Goofy's Freeway Troubles, have been shown in driving schools across the continent.
  • This short was awarded the Buyer Trophy for the best film on traffic safety.
  • Mr. Walker makes a cameo reading a newspaper in Toontown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  • A few clips from this short were shown in the House of Mouse episode "Max's New Car" (with re-dubbed audio) to prove how Goofy was a "responsible" driver.

Releases

Television

Home video

Gallery


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1930s
Polar Trappers (co-starring Donald Duck) • The Fox Hunt (co-starring Donald Duck) • Goofy and Wilbur
1940s
Goofy's GliderBaggage BusterThe Art of SkiingThe Art of Self DefenseHow to Play BaseballThe Olympic ChampHow to SwimHow to FishVictory VehiclesHow to Be a SailorHow to Play GolfHow to Play FootballTiger TroubleAfrican DiaryCaliforny 'er BustHockey HomicideA Knight for a DayDouble DribbleFoul HuntingThey're OffThe Big WashTennis RacquetGoofy GymnasticsBillposters (co-starring Donald Duck) • No Sail (co-starring Donald Duck) • Frank Duck Brings 'em Back Alive (co-starring Donald Duck) • Crazy with the Heat (co-starring Donald Duck)
1950s
How to Ride a HorseMotor ManiaHold That PoseLion DownHome Made HomeCold WarTomorrow We Diet!Get Rich QuickFathers Are PeopleNo SmokingFather's LionHello AlohaMan's Best FriendTwo Gun GoofyTeachers are PeopleTwo Weeks VacationHow to Be a DetectiveFather's Day OffFor Whom the Bulls ToilFather's WeekendHow to DanceHow to Sleep
1960s-Present
AquamaniaSport Goofy in SoccermaniaHow to Hook Up Your Home TheaterThe Art of Vacationing
Educational Shorts
FreewayphobiaGoofy's Freeway Troubles
See Also
Goof TroopA Goofy MovieAn Extremely Goofy Movie
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