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A recent throwback to Classic Disney Shorts animation, as well as an experiment with "paperless animation", "How To Hook Up Your Home Theater" is a short starring Goofy, in a short that obviously draws much of its inspiration from Goofy's "How To" shorts of the 40's and 50's. The short in question features Goofy trying to acquire a big TV and all other components as the narrator provides commentary on how it's all done-all while lampooning just how many accessories and commercial items are available for the taking as far as TV goes.
How to Hook Up Your Home Theater includes these tropes:
- All CGI Cartoon: Though it definitely doesn't look it, it was made completely without paper, in a new style dubbed 'tradigital animation'.
- Batteries Not Included: Narrator: Oh, and don't forget the batteries. They're not included.
- Blatant Lies: 5-Minute setup... or not.
- The Narrator loves mocking this.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- "Faux To" Guide
- Frank's 2000-Inch TV: Goofy buys what has to be the biggest set available to the consumer market.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Before Goofy swipes three pictures off of a table, we see a picture of Clarabelle Cow, a real life picture of Walt Disney, and a caricature of John Lasseter.
- Furry Reminder: Right before his TV arrives to his house, he is shown sleeping on the floor like a normal dog, albeit lying in a human position.
- George Lucas Throwback: Just take one look at the poster above. 'In technicolor' indeed.
- Impossibly Compact Folding: The tiny instruction booklet unfolds until it covers the whole room.
- Long List: A few key components, indeed. There's the DVD, the CD, the LD, the DVR, the VCR, the audio receiver, AD cables, TV cables, satellite dish, the satellite, the Blu-Ray, the Green-Ray, the Who-Ray, the Hi-Fi-HDFY the Hee Bee Gee Bees, and E=MCSquared! Oh, and don't forget the batteries. They're not included.
- Shout-Out: There are references to many of the earlier Goofy "How-To" shorts.
- The two football teams are the Dawgs and the Geefs, both references to two of Goofy's pseudonyms over the years, Dippy Dawg (his early incarnation) and George Geef (his "everyman" name from his 1950s cartoons).
- That Poor Cat: Hit by a delivery truck.