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Motor Mania is a 1950 Walt Disney cartoon starring Goofy.

Goofy (early on in his "everyman" phase) plays a mild-mannered gentleman named Mr. Walker, who takes on a very different split personality when he gets behind the wheel of his car, effectively renaming himself Mr. Wheeler.

This cartoon contains examples of:

  • Aesop Amnesia: You would think that after observing the dangers of reckless driving as a pedestrian, Mr. Walker would become a better driver. But, no. Once he gets behind that driver's seat, he once again becomes Mr. Wheeler, motorist, and ends up crashing his car and getting towed.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Mr. Wheeler does this twice. First, when he drives so slowly that cars behind him honk their horns at him, he yells this at them. Surprisingly, it stops. Second, at the end, he shouts this at the narrator when he chides him for his irresponsibility, which causes him to so crash his car that it has to be towed away.
  • Chronically Crashed Car: Mr. Wheeler's car.
  • Decomposite Character: Goofy plays "Mr. Walker". Later, as Mr. Wheeler, he yells at his neighbor Geef (which is often Goofy's last name).
  • Drives Like Crazy: Mr. Wheeler, and proud of it.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Mr. Walker, whom the narrator notes "wouldn't hurt a fly, nor step on an ant", and is actually shown avoiding an ant as he says this.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Mr. Wheeler doesn't like it when others hog the road, even though he himself does it a lot. Probably justified as he does act like he owns the road.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Whenever he gets behind the wheel, the friendly and mild-mannered Mr. Walker becomes the rude and hot-headed Mr. Wheeler.
  • Kill Tally: A reckless driver hits Goofy and stamps a marker to a tally on the side of his car. Later, a kid on a scooter knocks him over and adds a marker to his tally.
  • Large Ham: Mr. Wheeler, big time.
  • Literal-Minded: Played with when Mr. Wheeler is accused of acting like he owns the road:
    Mr. Wheeler: (to himself) Hmph! Of course I own the road. My taxes pay for them. I voted for road bonds. I pay for the roads, and I'll use them.
  • Meaningful Name: Mr. Walker and Mr. Wheeler.
  • Metaphoric Metamorphosis: When Mr. Wheeler is accused of being a roadhog, he is briefly shown as a literal hog. During this time, he briefly honks the car horn, which makes an oink-sounding honk.
  • Mood Whiplash: After angrily merging onto the highway, Mr. Wheeler decides it's a beautiful day, takes his car's top down (as well as his hat's), and listens to "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" on the radio... all while holding up traffic.
  • Mood-Swinger: This happens whenever Mr. Walker gets into his car and becomes Mr. Wheeler.
  • Nose Art: A driver has the number of pedestrians he's hit stamped on the side of his car. Later a kid does the same thing with his scooter.
  • Roadside Wave: Mr. Wheeler inflicts this on a hapless pedestrian at one point, drenching him with water from a puddle as he speeds past. Then while he's gloating about it, another driver splashes water on him, flooding the interior of his car.
  • Safe Driving Aesop: Delivered by the narrator at the end, until Mr. Wheeler tells him to shut up.
  • The Unreveal: What exactly were Mr. Walker and Mr. Wheeler's destination?