Why Goofy Hates Mickey by Rick Helin | Script Revolution

Why Goofy Hates Mickey

When Universal Pictures fires Walt Disney in 1928, the struggling cartoonist gets drawn into a scheme that will guarantee fame and fortune, but only if it remains a secret.

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An Unauthorized Mostly True Story
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This 'Unauthorized Mostly True Story' takes place in Los Angeles 1928 just as brothers, Walt and Roy Disney, are fired from their animation jobs at Universal Pictures. More importantly, the brothers also lose their right to animate "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit", a cartoon character which made them famous. They are determined to start over by opening their own animation studio, if only they can find the necessary venture capital and a lovable new character to replace Oswald.

Unfortunately, every overture for financial backing gets rejected once investors discover 'The Brothers' earlier attempt to become independent resulted in bankruptcy.

This is when they encounter George Geef and his cocktail waitress girlfriend, Mandie Babitsky. George is a wannabe prize fighter from Chicago who's new in town, a bit insecure yet determined to do whatever it takes to become famous. Mandie is smart, sophisticated, and success driven.

With a little arm-twisting, George and Mandie convince the Disney Brothers to abandon their traditional hand-drawn animation techniques and acquire the exclusive rights to George and Mandie's primitive motion-capture technology which utilizes real actors on a sound stage and their conversion into comical, animated imaging. Our story culminates in the revelation of Disney's clandestine production of "Steamboat Willie", Disney's iconic cartoon that spawned an entertainment empire.

Preconceived notions of animation history will be turned on it's head as this longest and best kept secret in Hollywood is revealed.

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Fourth Place Scriptapalooza 2020, Second Rounder Austin Film Festival 2020,

Submitted: November 12, 2020
Last Updated: April 9, 2021

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The Writer: Rick Helin

Rick grew up in Kailua, Hawaii. Upon his graduation from San Jose State University, Rick began his writing career while working as a Superior Court Probation Officer. In that capacity, Rick's responsibilities required him to interview defendants found guilty of felony charges, then prepare extensive judicial sentencing recommendations for a team of assigned judges. This honed his writing AND research skills immensely. Next, Rick took these acquired skills and applied them to a booming mortgage banking market. By substituting rap sheets for credit reports, Rick quickly became the 'Dean of Mortgage Banking' in Northern California, successfully convincing mortgage underwriters to 'sentence'... Go to bio

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