How To Play Baseball (1942)

“The play starts when the batter hits the ball. Strangely enough, however, the pitcher tries to keep the batter from hitting the ball.” – Narrator

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A Disney short featuring Goofy as they try to explain the complexities of the sport of baseball.

My Take on it – This is a short that I came across by accident and being a fan of baseball was quite intrigued to see what they would do with it.

They manage to give us such a fascinating look at the sport and expertly use the character of Goofy to help explain things.

The film’s dialogue is completely done by a narrator who tells things in a very straight way.

The visuals tho allow for much interpretation of the rules and that helps keep things so much more fun to watch.

The physical and animated humor used here is great and helps keep things so much more enjoyable to watch unfold even if the short is just 8 minutes long.

The character of Goofy is used for each of the positions and there are many times where Goofy is actually standing next to himself or is shown on both teams at once.

I’m curious to know what someone unfamiliar with the game would think of the explanations as to whether they are informative or not.

The animation is done really well and helps keep things quite fun to watch from start to finish.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Rushed into production to be released with The Pride of the Yankees (1942), this short was completed in 12 weeks. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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