Family fest to fete man behind Goofy

Bill Farmer to receive Friz Award

The 16th International Family Film Festival will honor Bill Farmer — voice actor behind Disney’s Goofy, Pluto and hundreds of other characters — with its Friz Award for excellence in animation.

Farmer will be feted March 20, when the five-day festival wraps with its annual awards ceremony at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

Farmer was a stand-up comedian and impressionist before moving to Hollywood, where his first audition was for the role of Goofy — whom he’s portrayed since 1986.

He fashioned his Goofy voice after Pinto Colvig, the former circus clown and musician who originated Goofy’s laugh in 1932.

Farmer’s credits include “A Goofy Movie,” “Horton Hears a Who!,” “Robot Chicken,” “Casper: A Spirited Beginning” and “Space Jam,” in which he voiced the Warner characters Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading