A movie directed by Kevin Lima
Disney's lovable, big-toothed mutt takes his son on a road trip in this musical family adventure. They encounter theme parks, difficult bodies of water, Bigfoot and more and learn more about each other through their journey. Gold Collection Edition … see full wiki
As we turn on the Goofy Movie again for about the hundredth time this month, I figured it was about time to review it (seeing how I basically have the show memorized now.) My husband has always been a huge fan of Goofy so he had purchased this movie pretty much as it was released on video. Somehow my son has also became a huge Goofy fan. This and its sequel An Extremely Goofy Movie are now on our continuous rotation of movie favorites.
It's hard to be cool, when your dad's Goofy
Released in 1995, A Goofy Movie is an endearing animated Disney movie about a teens search for independence and a dads fear of loosing his son. Max Goof is an awkward teenager who is trying to establish himself as cool and mostly impress the girl he likes. Its never said how old Max is but I always assumed he was either a freshman or sophomore in High School. To me, the main characters dont really seem drawn to reflect their age.
On the flip side Goofy Goof is the loveable, fumbling character we know from Disney. He questions his parenting and his sons future when he gets the call from Maxs principal saying hes going to go to jail if he doesnt turn around. He plans a father-son cross-country adventurous vacation ruining the plans Max already has.
Through their vacation adventures Max and Goofy learn more about each other, work together toward a common goal and strengthen their father-son bond. What could do better in bringing father and son together then facing Big Foot, or maybe floating down the river on your car?
The supporting characters only make minor appearances in this particular movie but they add into the movie very well. We meet Maxs friends - PJ a loveable sidekick type kid, and Bobbi (voiced by Pauly Shore) an eccentric guy who adds a great comedic touch to the film. Another supporting character is Pete, the Goofs neighbor (PJs dad) . Pete usually a not so nice guy in Disney films and in this movie he is primarily responsible for infusing parenting doubt into Goofy.
Goofy Movie definitely gets two thumbs up from this household. I would say this film is primarily targeted to older children but we have found it has something that everyone can enjoy. Our two-year old is entertained for the entire 78 minutes of run time, but yet its one we dont mind watching over and over and over again. Pretty much what sells me is this is a wholesome film teaching a lesson to both kids and parents. Also, the best part is there is no violence, cursing or sexual content (not even the innuendos Disney sometimes puts in their movies).
As per Disney style there is tons of musical numbers that fit very well in the context of the scenes. The animation is great as usual with bright colors and flowing scenes. And, to me, the storyline flows great i.e. there are no parts really where you say to yourself, why did they include that? or that made absolutely no sense.
I know A Goofy Movie is still available for purchase wherever Disney movies can be found - usually for around $14 or so. We do own this on VHS, so I cannot comment on any extra features that may be on the DVD but hopefully this is in Santas bag for this Christmas since Im sure our tape will wear out eventually.
Viewing Format: VHS
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