A Goofy Movie

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A Goofy Movie
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kevin Lima
Produced by Dan Rounds
Screenplay by Jymn Magon
Brian Pimental
Chris Matheson
Story by Jymn Magon
Starring Bill Farmer
Jason Marsden
Rob Paulsen
Jim Cummings
Kellie Martin
Pauly Shore
Pat Buttram
Brittany Alyse Smith
Ray Liotta
Music by Carter Burwell
Don Davis
Editing by Gregory Perler
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
DisneyToon Studios
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • April 7, 1995 (1995-04-07)
Running time 78 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $35,348,597[1]

A Goofy Movie is a 1995 American animated musical comedy road film, produced by DisneyToon Studios, and released in theaters on April 7, 1995 by Walt Disney Pictures. 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. A direct-to-video sequel called An Extremely Goofy Movie was released in 2000. The film was dedicated to Pat Buttram, who died during production.

Plot[edit]

Fourteen-year-old Max Goof is the son of Goofy Goof. Max lives in New York City and has a tense relationship with his father. On the last day of school before the summer break, Max and his best friends P.J. and Robert "Bobby" Zimmeruski hijack the auditorium stage in the middle of Principal Mazur's speech, creating a small concert where Max performs while costumed as the pop singer Powerline. The performance succeeds in making Max a school celebrity and impressing his love interest Roxanne; but they mess up and are exposed at the last second and Max, P.J. and Bobby are put on trial. Roxanne speaks with Max and agrees to go with him to a party where Powerline's concert will be aired live, but Mazur forewarns Goofy that Max's actions may result in his death in the electric chair.

Goofy desperately decides to take Max on a fishing trip to Lake Destiny, Idaho, following a map route he and his father took years ago, and the two go into his AMC Pacer station wagon. However, he is oblivious to what Max is planning to do with Roxanne. Max stops by Roxanne's house to call off their date, but when Roxanne says she will just have to go with someone else, Max instead fabricates a story about his father knowing Powerline. He tells her that he will be on stage at the concert with Powerline and Roxanne says that she'll see him on TV which worries him.

Goofy plans his own trip against Max's wishes. Max hurts his father's feelings after his father humiliates him at an opossum-based theme park. While camping, Pete and P.J. join them in their high technical RV. Following Pete's advice to keep Max under control, Goofy takes his son fishing and performs the Perfect Cast fishing technique, luring Bigfoot to their camp. Pete and P.J. flee in their RV, leaving Goofy and Max to spend the night with Bigfoot in which they stay in their car to stay safe from him. At night, while Goofy is still sleeping, Max alters the map route to Los Angeles, where the concert is to take place.

The next morning, Goofy decides to make Max the navigator of the trip. The two go to several locations that satisfy both of them. They stop by a motel where they meet Pete and P.J. again. When Pete overhears a conversation between Max and P.J., he tells Goofy that Max has tricked him in traveling to Los Angeles. The next day, Goofy and Max come to a junction: One leading to Idaho, the other to California. In a panic, Max chooses the route to California, furious at this, Goofy stops the car at a mountain view, Max tries to explain why he chose the route, but Goofy is too upset to even talk. With the brake loose, the car drives off on its own; Goofy and Max chase after it and end up at a river. Goofy reveals that no matter how old Max gets, he will always be his son and the two reconcile with each other. Realizing that Max had promised to Roxanne to go to the Powerline concert, Goofy decides to take him to Los Angeles. But the two nearly plummet down a waterfall to their deaths, before Max saves Goofy, using the Perfect Cast technique while their car and bags take the plunge.

Goofy and Max get to Los Angeles and they battle the security guard and end up onstage and dance with Powerline, watched by Pete, P.J. and Roxanne on separate televisions. Goofy and Max return to Roxanne's house in their damaged car (what became of their stuff is unknown). Max tells the truth to Roxanne, but she accepts it and admits she always had feelings for him ever since he first said, "Ahyuck!" (which Max was ashamed of); thus, a relationship starts between them. Goofy's car blows up due to its damage sustained at the waterfall after it fell, but he safely falls through the porch roof of Roxanne's house, and he is introduced to her by Max.

Voice cast[edit]

Production[edit]

A Goofy Movie was the directorial debut for Disney crewmember Kevin Lima, who later on to direct two prestigious and classic Disney films: Tarzan and Enchanted.[2] In 1995, Lima said that "Instead of just keeping Goofy one-dimensional as he's been in the past, we wanted to give an emotional side that would add to the emotional arc of the story. We wanted the audience to see his feelings instead of just his antics."[3]

The main characters of this film, specifically Goofy, Max Goof, Pete, and PJ, are based on their incarnations in the Goof Troop television show, albeit slightly older: Max and PJ are high-school aged rather than middle-schoolers. However, other characters that had been established in Goof Troop do not appear in this film, such as Pete's wife Peg, his daughter Pistol, and pets Waffles and Chainsaw. Goofy and Pete retain their classic looks from the 1940s cartoons as opposed to the looks that they had in the 1950s cartoons and Goof Troop.

Although based upon a Disney TV series, A Goofy Movie was jointly produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Animation France S.A. and Walt Disney Animation Australia (later DisneyToon Studios) . Pre-production was done at the main WDFA studio in Burbank, California, starting as early as mid-1993. The animation work was done at Walt Disney Animation France S.A. (formerly Brizzi Films) in Paris, France supervised by Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi, with additional scenes animated at Disney's studio in Sydney, Australia (later DisneyToon Studios) under the direction of Steve Moore, and clean-up work done at the main Burbank studio.[4][5][6] Additional clean-up/animation was done by Phoenix Animation Studios in Canada, and digital ink and paint by the Pixibox studio in France.[7]

Music[edit]

The score for A Goofy Movie was provided by Carter Burwell and Don Davis.[8] Bobby Brown was the original choice for Powerline and had some songs recorded but was cut due to drug problems. Some of the songs Bobby did for the movie were revamped and ended up on his Forever album. The songs "I 2 I" and "Stand Out" were performed by R&B singer Tevin Campbell. The soundtrack album for A Goofy Movie was released by Walt Disney Records on March 18, 1995.[9] Mitchell Musso covered the song "Stand Out" for the DisneyMania 7 album, which was released on March 9, 2010.[10]

A Goofy Movie Original Soundtrack
No. Title Length
1. "I 2 I" (Tevin Campbell) 4:02
2. "After Today" (Aaron Lohr and Chorus) 2:21
3. "Stand Out" (Tevin Campbell) 3:00
4. "On the Open Road" (Bill Farmer, Aaron Lohr, and Chorus) 3:01
5. "Lester's Possum Park" (Kevin Quinn and Chorus) 1:25
6. "Nobody Else But You" (Bill Farmer and Aaron Lohr) 2:35
7. "Opening Fanfare / Max's Dream / Transformation"   1:25
8. "Deep Sludge"   2:35
9. "Bigfoot"   1:50
10. "Hi Dad Soup"   2:04
11. "Runaway Car"   2:14
12. "Junction"   1:32
13. "The Waterfall! / The Truth"   2:17

Additional songs featured in the film include:

Release[edit]

A Goofy Movie was originally intended to be released in theaters during the holiday season of 1994. However, some production problems in France delayed the film's release to spring 1995, while The Lion King was reissued to fill in for the film's absence.

The film was first released on VHS home video on September 6, 1995, and included a music video for the Parachute Express song Doctor Looney's Remedy on their video, Come Sing with Us. In the UK, it was released in theaters succeeding the Mickey Mouse short Runaway Brain on October 18, 1996 and on VHS in 1997. It was reissued on June 20, 2000, along with a DVD version. To date, this film is the only animated Disney film produced in widescreen that has a pan and scan only Region 1 DVD. However, its PAL and NTSC (Japan) counterpart does have a non-anamorphic widescreen DVD, and the film is available in a letterbox presentation on Laserdisc.

When the film premiered for the first time ever on Toon Disney HD on June 2, 2008 and on Disney Channel HD on June 10, 2008, it was in the standard-definition format instead of the high-definition format.

It was revealed inside a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD that this film along with its sequel will be re-issued as a two-movie pack; however the DVD has been put into hiatus.

A Goofy Movie is available for rent on Amazon.com Video On Demand in widescreen, and is now available in all English-speaking countries (including Ireland, UK and Australia) on iTunes.

There are no plans for a Blu-ray release of this film, yet.

Reception[edit]

A Goofy Movie received mixed reviews from critics, it holds a score of 53% Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 13 critics, as well as a 6.6/10 review score from IMDB.[11]

Variety's Todd McCarthy criticized the film's score, calling the six featured songs "unmemorable". He also felt that the personality of Goofy's character, while agreeable enough in support, proved a bit over the top for a headliner, and that "by any reasonable reckoning, he's distinctly overbearing and selfish, and responds with a bland dismissal to any opinion offered up by his son." McCarthy praised the film's technical aspects, calling them "crisp and clean".[4] Louis Black of The Austin Chronicle summed up his review by saying the film was "bland, a barely television-length cartoon stretched out to fill a feature, and not much fun."[3]

Siskel and Ebert both approved of the movie, praising the color scheme and the "sweet" father-son plot and gave it a "Two Thumbs Up".[citation needed]

Box office[edit]

A Goofy Movie was a fairly successful film, as it opened in 2,159 theaters at #2 on its opening weekend with $6,129,557, just before Bad Boys. It ended grossing $35,348,597 at the United States box office, and was the 51st highest-grossing domestic film in 1995.[1]

Accolades[edit]

The film was nominated for "Best Animated Feature" in the production categories and "Best Production Design", "Best Storyboarding", "Best Music", and "Best Animation" in the individual categories at the 23rd Annie Awards.[12]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel to this film was released in 2000, titled An Extremely Goofy Movie. The sequel takes place about four years after this film, involving Max's freshman year in college. Characters that returned for the sequel were Goofy, Max, PJ, Pete, and Bobby, but most notable is that Roxanne, Max's love interest, is absent from the sequel and not referenced at all. Roxanne did appear in the television series, House of Mouse (specifically the episode "Max's Embarrassing Date"), where she was voiced by Grey DeLisle instead of Kellie Martin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A GOOFY MOVIE". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  2. ^ "Drawn to Directing". Back Stage East (VNU/Nielsen Business Media) 48 (47): 9. 2007-11-22. 
  3. ^ a b Black, Louis (1995-04-07). "A Goofy Movie". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  4. ^ a b McCarthy, Todd (1995-04-07). "A Goofy Movie". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  5. ^ A Goofy Movie (1995) – Company credits
  6. ^ Hahn, Don (Director) (2010). Waking Sleeping Beauty (Documentary film). Burbank, CA: Stone Circle Pictures/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 
  7. ^ Lima, Kevin (Director) (1995). Closing credits forA Goofy Movie (Animated film). Burbank, CA: Walt Disney Pictures. 
  8. ^ "A Goofy Movie > Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  9. ^ "A Goofy Movie Soundtrack". SoundtrackNet. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  10. ^ Amazon.com. "Disneymania 7". Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  11. ^ "A Goofy Movie (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  12. ^ "Legacy: 23rd Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1995)". Annie Awards. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 

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