A Goofy Movie is a 1995 American animated musical road comedy film, produced by DisneyToon Studios and Walt Disney Television Animation. The film features characters from The Disney Afternoon television series Goof Troop; the film itself acts as a sequel to the TV show. Directed by Kevin Lima, the film’s plot revolves around the father-son relationship between Goofy and Max as Goofy believes that he’s losing Max.
The film was released theatrically on April 7, 1995 by Walt Disney Pictures to mixed reviews from critics and moderate box office success. The film was dedicated to Pat Buttram, who died during production. A direct-to-video sequel called An Extremely Goofy Movie was released in February 2000.
This is the second feature film to be produced by DisneyToon Studios, their first being the Ducktales movie five years prior and while this is itself a sequel to the Goof Troop cartoon, there’s not really that much left over from the TV show, the characters aren’t living in the same houses they did in the TV show, we don’t see Peg or Pistol from the TV show, Goofy’s job was never fully showed in the series unlike in the movie, this isn’t the same school as the show, and…okay, you get my point, a lot of the elements from the show are not in here.
So, what about the movie itself? Is it any good? For the most part, yes.
I thought they did a good job of building this father son relationship and how it progressively gets better and better throughout the film, both Bill Farmer and Jason Marsden work off each other really well as Goofy as Max and the film does have its’ heart in the right place. The rest of the voice cast is really good here, Rob Paulsen and Jim Cummings are back as P.J. and Pete, which apparently their last names are Pete….I never knew that, so is that like how in the Super Mario Bros. movie, Mario’s last name is Mario too? I don’t know, getting off topic here.
Pauly Shore, of all people, surprisingly has some funny lines of dialogue in this movie as Bobby, even though he’s uncredited in this. That should tell you something if Pauly Shore is fine with his name attached to crap like Bio Dome and Jury Duty but not decent stuff like this. Kellie Martin is very good as Roxanne, there’s also Jenna Von Oy, Wallace Shawn, Julie Brown, Dante Basco, Joey Lawrence, and more in the voice cast too.
The animation in this is surprisingly really good too, there’s definitely its’ own unique little animation style that looks a little bit like the Goof Troop cartoon blown up on the big screen but still with a hint of the type of animation you’d see in the Disney animated classics too.
The music is surprisingly really solid too, there are some really great songs all throughout the movie. Just try not to start singing along with Eye To Eye at the end of this movie, I dare you.
I even like how they made this look like a modern day movie, like this might be the first Disney movie to have stuff like hottubs and waterbeds in it.
Overall, A Goofy Movie is an enjoyable little movie but it’s not quite up to the high caliber that Ducktales: The Move set up, there’s nothing about it that’s bad or anything, it’s fine for what it is. If you liked the Goof Troop cartoon, this is definitely more than worth checking out.
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