A Goofy Movie (1995)
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This is a well underrated full-length cartoon movie about Goofy taking his son Max camping for the summer vacation. You know what Goofy is like from his appearances in Mickey Mouse films and the name Goofy sums it up. To make things more interesting, Max is wanting to be the cool kid in school and his dad is an embarrassment.
The trek across the States in Goofy's little car and all the madcap things that happen to them reminded me of the original "Vacation" film only for kids and a little funnier.
The music in this film is excellent. Some of the tracks could have been singles in the charts in their own right. Maybe not nowadays though.
If you have kids then they will love this film. If you don't have kids go to the video shop, hire it out and pretend it is for the kids.
This movie truly reaches out for kids, teens, and adults. The whole plot revolves around Max trying to get the girl, making a name for himself, and well not trying to be a complete Goof. So he does what all kids in real life do, well more or less. Basicaly he holds a little surprise concert in the middle of an assembly, with him starring as the schools favorite singer Powerline. Well he gets Roxanne's attention, but also that of his father who thinks maybe he should spend a little more time with his son, making sure Max will turn out to be a good kid.
Goofy Its good seeing Goofy trying to be a real parent. To me in Goof troop he was more like Max's older friend. Though Goofy doesn't seem to be as goofy as he was on the old cartoons, this shows something of a better side him. Trying to be a good father, who just wants to be part of his son's life.
Max Well he's a teen now, and he certainly shows it. Really all he wants is an easier life. Plus to get the attention and heart of that one girl. I think he truly has the most character development of the entire cast. Making things right in the end with his dad and Roxanne.
Pete/PJ Nice cameo characters, its also nice to see Pete and Goofy acting as better friends. PJ really hasn't changed much but these two truly have some of the best lines in the movie. One thing is I don't get why everyone's all confused on Pete's wife and daughter. He said in the store that he's taking PJ camping to strengthen the father/son bond. So its obvious that Peg and the girl are still at home doing their own thing.
Roxanne Ahh that popular girl that steals the heart of Max. She seems like an interesting girl however she gets really little screen time, well not counting the visions Max keeps getting of her. I kinda wish she was in it more, so we could learn a bit more of her character. Well maybe if they do A Goofy Movie 3. Big Foot 3 words Funniest Character Ever!
Music The Powerline songs really have to be my favorite. You don't hear R&B like this anymore. Of course I also like some of the instrumental pieces as well. Not to mention the "After Today" these songs really wanna make you dance more then just sing. I'm even thinking about getting the soundtrack.
This movie really needs to be seen to get its true impact. Doesn't matter how old you are, hey I'm 17 and I think its great. So if your interested in a good family movie, or just want some humor and a good story, then this is the Disney movie for you.
7 out of 10
Goofy is, for the most part, the lighthearted walking disaster we'd expect him to be. But surprsingly enough, he shows a serious range of emotion, and actually pulls it off. You really can sense his devotion to his son, Max, and you never have to remind yourself that Goofy would have ever been anything but a deeply caring father. It just works naturally as a genuine extension of his gregarious character. Max himself is believably adoloscent, primarily concerned with getting asked to parties and getting the pretty girl to notice him and hoping his father doesn't publicly humiliate him (which he does, frequently), until his dad forces him along on a fishing trip which becomes a test of conscience for the both of them. The movie mixes Goofy's classic slapstick comedy with serious drama and seems to know just when to switch gears to keep from getting too melodramatic or losing sight of the conflict at the center of the story. In the end, the dramatic bits feel surprisingly honest and human and the comedy is, as I said, classic Goofy schtick. It was made when Disney thought EVERYthing they did had to be a musical, but the songs here work into the story fairly easily, and a couple are even catchy.
The only sad part is that the age group which could probably stand to learn the most from it will unequivocally find it "uncool". Oh well, the younger set as well as more mature people who love to laugh will find it plenty entertaining.
This movie capture the relation between father and son perfectly. On one side you have a typical child having a crush on a girl as he tries to act cool and draws her attention in every opportunity, and on the other side is the most uncool father a child would ever wish to have that could ruin his reputation in an instant. Max values "coolness" greatly and tries to sever any relation he has with his goofy bloodline (even though his bloodline is occasionally catching up to him in the form of embarrassing Goofyish trademark subconscious laughs). Goofy on the other hand is the caring father, that is oblivious of the worlds recent trends, have no idea what being cool is or how his action can damage his son's reputation, and believe that every experience he had at his younger years, will work just as well on his son. Thus begin an journey where Goofy will learn to respect his son and realize that not two people are the same, and Max will have to accept and learn to appreciate his father for what he is.
Also worth to note is that there is no main villain in this movie. Disney's traditional antagonist Black Pit plays an important role, but he never does anything bad, he does't sabotage the heroes's goal in any way, he don't wish bad for them, he does't get punished in the end, he even tries to help the occasionally with advices that he thinks are good. His role in the story is to represent a different opinion of how a father should interact with his son, and even though he is presented as the bad example, there is no solid proof that his model is entirely wrong.
This movie could had worked as well with any random cast of characters, but for some reason Disney threw goofy in those shoes, and that was both good and bad. On the good side, Goofy's recognizably goofy and slapstick personality fits perfectly the uncool father, without making him annoying to the viewer. On the bad side, most people thought of this movie as a long Goofy cartoon and it didn't get the recognition it deserves.
The movie designed to entertain and teach equally to both the child and the parrent. You should give it a shot.
This movie is a definitive example of great, beautiful emotion that captures you and tugs at your heartstrings with its pure relatable and touching emotional storyline. SPOILERS AHEAD: A story about a father and son duo on a cross country trip with different plans and a story of parent-child bonding and seeing each others perspectives. A story that had me in tears with its honesty and masterful as well as emotional storytelling. It has intelligent wit and humor as well as catchy song that i still find myself humming 17 years later.
These days many animated films rely on the quality of animation but have a shallow story. This one, a great classic gem from the past, has lovely animation and a smart, intelligent and heart filled story that just warms your heart and has you in smiles and tears through out. An accurate depiction of father-son relationships and teenagers. One of those larger than life films i will see with my kids. They don't make fantastic, animated adventure films this great anymore. Very few live up to it.
Saw it on TV and was reminded of its heart warming, action packed adventure filled with some of the greatest humor Disney films have ever incorporated. A fun magical ride for all generations and a classic whose status as one of the best will be cemented int he years to come. SOME of the greatest films of all time are underrated and this gem is one of them. A testament to when animated films had that something special, something very few animated films can regenerate these days.
An touching story of father and son, plus the story of a growing youth. Wrap this in with an unusually high quality comic-content and competent animation and you have one of the greatest films by Walt Disney.
One wouldn't think that a movie based on a TV-series could be this good. The intelligent story and goofy comedy plus excellent drama provide the frame for an excellent viewing experience. Additionally the musical output is excellent and not at all as cheesy as one might expect.
It is therefore my distinct pleasure to declare it the third greatest Disney animated feature film ever. Why third? Because it's just not "Bambi".
My rating: *** 1/2 out of ****.
Just 6-7 or so scant months before Toy Story changed everything, A Goofy Movie premiered and largely got "lost in the shuffle", I believe. Had it dropped a bit later, perhaps it could have better captured the momentum. As it was, A Goofy Movie transfixed pre-teen adolescent audiences--including yours truly--for a (very) short time with its odd-yet-winning mix of music, humor, family relationships, and shenanigans.
For a basic plot summary, this story tells the story of Max (Jason Marsden), son of the infamous Goofy (Bill Farmer), going through his adolescence. Despite being extremely self-conscious of his appearance and gulp-like chuckle, he strives to win the attention of Roxanne (Kellie Martin). Just when things seem to be looking up on that front, Dad Goofy decides to take him on a weeks-long, father-son fishing excursion across the country. Max promises Roxanne he's going to the Driveline concert--the most popular band ever!--setting himself up for a tangled web of decisions and emotions out on the open road with Pops.
I know it sounds ridiculous considering this a cartoon starring Goofy, but I honestly believe this little film (about 78 minutes in total) could be watched 100 years from now and still have the same effect on viewers. I truly don't think this is a case of me suffering from "90s nostalgia" and rating this film higher because "I liked it as a kid".
The beginning of the film feels very much High School Musical-esque, with teen drama taking center stage. I don't care if it's 1995 or 2025, the concept of awkward teen boy trying to talk to/impress equally awkward teen girl is universal. The same can be said for when Max and Goofy hit the road together, as the tenuous relationship between pre-teen son and goofball father is once again ageless. Whether through great writing/directing or pure dumb luck, this movie stumbles upon a gold mine of relevant themes.
Like I said, if only Disney knew what they potential had at this point. No self-respecting adult would have willingly sat through this in theaters at the time (there was no precedent for that), and Disney had not yet figured out how to market such fare to wide audiences either. As a result, the movie gets sucked into a sort of "black hole" of quality content that had an extremely short shelf life.
The bottom line, though, is this: I watched A Goofy Movie while I was still in grade school and loved it. I watched it as a 33-year old adult...and still enjoyed it. All things considered, I view that as a remarkable achievement. Sadly, only those within a year or two (at most) proximity to myself will have any real knowledge/appreciation of this movie, but that set will show it to their children at some point, I can almost guarantee you that!
I would definitely consider A Goofy Movie an underrated Disney movie, in my eyes. Whether or not you're looking for the nostaliga rush that I got when I saw it or just looking for a good family movie to watch with your family, I highly recommend A Goofy Movie!
The filmmakers in all their wisdom realized that a little more was required to expand a feature about Goofy from a seven-minute cartoon to a feature-length movie. And unlike other translations from cartoon-to-screen, it does it with intelligence and delicacy. The movie is a spin-off of the once-popular and wholesomely entertaining cartoon series "Goof Troop." The big difference is that a few years have advanced since then. Goofy's son Max (voice by James Marsden) is now a teenager and not so close to his bumbling father anymore. Now Max finds his father as an eternal brand for humiliation and wants anything but to end up like him. Heartbroken that Max is pulling away from him, Goofy (voice by Bill Farmer) on a whimsy decides to take his son on a fishing trip. Much to Max's dismay, it's on the same day he finally sealed a date with Roxanne, the girl of his dreams.
It promises lots of funny moments and "A Goofy Movie" delivers with ample satisfaction, but that is not why the movie has, I say, gone on to become such a beloved cult classic for those who have found the motivation to sit down and see it. As Gene Siskel noted in his great review of the movie, the charm of the film is that it is a father and son story, which is a rarity in animated features, especially these days. A lot of Disney movies about growing up seem to be about the young generation learning to live without their parents (usually because of parental death, et "The Lion King"). This film is about growing up, but at the same time, preserving a healthy relationship with one's elders. Like many teenagers in real life, Max is getting fed up of being treated like a child and is seeking his own life, and at the same time, not realizing what he is slowly losing. And poor Goofy, realizing this, desperately tries to reconnect with his son before it's too late. And the chronicle of their eventful and sometimes chaotic fishing trip is composed of a perfect blend of funny and touching scenes. Some moments are truly tear-jerking, but in the end, the tears are flowing with joy.
Watching the movie again for the first time in years, I was initially fearful that the romantic angle (the scenes between Max and Roxanne) were going to be sappy, irritating, and tiresome. But no, their story is really very sweet and intelligently-written. In addition, this subplot also has something to say about maturing and relationships. So instead of bothering me or stopping the movie, the romantic elements are sort of personal favorites of mine.
In an era where so many animated features are drawn sketchily and without any real vibrancy or imagination, "A Goofy Movie" glimmers like a jewel. One of the most enthralling elements about the movie is the fact that it is so darn beautiful and wondrous to look at and admire. Every single scene is painted with a wide variety of colors that prove that the animators were trying instead of sketching away and taking a check. Animators are seldom paid what their craft is truly worth, so it's even more admirable when we see them really shell out an effort. The drawing style is not only colorful, but smooth and the character design is brilliant. Goofy, his 'buddy' Pete, Max, and others resemble their classic versions from the Walt Disney era and new characters are also crisply-drawn. And I have to confess that Max's crush Roxanne is, as far as anthropomorphic dogs are concerned, pretty cute.
Also worth mentioning are the musical numbers, some of which are pretty memorable. My personal favorite is "On the Open Road" as an ecstatic Goofy and a dismayed Max begin their trip on...guess where. Perhaps these songs are not "Wish Upon a Star" and "The Bare Necessities," but they are refreshingly imaginative. The songwriters were putting up an effort, too.
Bottom line, "A Goofy Movie" is a remarkably sweet and enthralling little jewel from the Disney company that deserves far more recognition than it receives. I'd seen the movie before as a kid, but it clutched at my heartstrings with even more emotional grip as an adult. It's a movie that people of all ages can enjoy and not just for what it is or the kind of movie that it is, but as a genuinely sweet story about a father and his son. And parents with children starting to grow up and seek a life of their own might want to talk their young ones into seeing this movie and considering it as more than just animated escapism.
There is something really honest and wonderful about this film.
In it, Max was in huuuge trouble at school, and Goofy had received a call regarding this (the principal's threat of "I'll put him in the electric chair!!!!!" was very original and quite hysterical, might I add), so he and Max went on a very long and exciting vacation through America. This whole film IS a whole adventure!!!!!
I've seen this twice in the theaters in 1995, and I got the soundtrack to this movie in 1995 (This was my very first compact disc that I had ever had) because I liked it so much. I kind of wish that I could this film again; this sure was genius!!!!!
"A Goofy Movie" is great for the "Goofy at Heart!!!!!" Heh heh heh...get it? Young at Heart = Goofy at Heart?????
Overall, highly recommended. One of Disney's best, and it also has high replay value and lots of 90's nostalgia.