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Max Goof in An Extremely Goofy Movie
|First appearance||Fathers Are People (1951) (as Goofy. Jr)
Goof Troop (1992) (as Max Goof)
|Created by||Robert Taylor|
|Voiced by||Bobby Driscoll (1950s shorts)
June Foray (Goofy shorts)
Kevin Corcoran (1960s shorts)
Dana Hill (Goof Troop)
Shaun Fleming (Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas)
Jason Marsden (1995–present)
Aaron Lohr (singing voice)
Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese)
|Aliases||Maximillian, Maxie, Maximus, Maxím, Maxwell|
|Occupation||Economist (studying college according to An Extremely Goofy Movie)|
Gilbert Goof and Debbie (cousins)
Fester Swollen (ancestor)
Goofy Knock Knees (ancestor)
Elliot Goof (ancestor)
Sherlock Goof (ancestor)
Mopalong Goofy (ancestor)
Caveman Goof (ancestor)
Maxwell "Max" Goof is a fictional character who is the son of the popular Disney character Goofy. He first appeared in the 1992 television series Goof Troop as a preteen. He later appeared as a teenager in the spin-off movie A Goofy Movie (1995) and its direct-to-video sequel An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000). He appeared as a child in the direct-to-video film Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999) and as a young adult in its sequel Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004). He also appeared in the 2001 TV series House of Mouse as a teenage parking valet.
Max is one of the few Disney characters, aside from his best friend PJ and Huey, Dewey, and Louie, child or otherwise, who has actually aged in subsequent appearances. He is depicted as an 11-year-old in Goof Troop, then a teenager in high school in A Goofy Movie, then in An Extremely Goofy Movie he turns 18 years old and is starting college. In House of Mouse, he is a teenager who is old enough to be employed as a parking valet. In Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, he is a child who looks and sounds younger than he does in Goof Troop. In Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, he is a young adult who is returning home from college for the holidays.
Max, much to his own dismay, takes after his father at times, whether it be mannerisms (including Goofy's trademark laugh) or occasionally being clumsy (although that is a trait he does not display obviously in An Extremely Goofy Movie during the College X Games contest). He feels that he is much cooler than Goofy however, and is not as earnest and humble as his old man, as he can be somewhat of a show-off at times when he excels at anything. While Goofy is still clumsy, he works hard to be a good father towards Max, at one time reprimanding him to take personal responsibility by telling him of one of their ancestors, Eliot Goof, an FBI agent with a never-give-up attitude (a clear pun on Eliot Ness). In the Goof Troop show, there are times he would get suckered in by Pete and his get-rich-quick schemes, only to come around towards the end. It seems, personality wise, that PJ is more like Goofy at times, while Max seems more like Pete. Despite everything, Max loves his father, even if he does wish that Goofy would be a little more normal.
In the Goof Troop television series, Max is voiced by Dana Hill. Shaun Fleming voices young Max in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. Jason Marsden voices an older Max in all other appearances after and including A Goofy Movie. The Goof Troop series shows some of his relatives – a cousin named Debbie; in a Halloween special his ancestor was Gooferamus G. Goof; at a family reunion in the episode "Calling All Goofs" his relatives are Werner von Goof (a scientist and possibly a reference to Wernher von Braun), a Major Goof (retired officer), a Michangelo Goof (an artist) and an aunt "Goofilla". In "the Old Country" his distant relative was mad scientist "Dr. FrankenGoof". Other relatives were Cave Goof, Sherriff Mopalong Goof (a spoof of Hopalong Cassidy), and Sir Goofy Knock Knees (a spoof of Robin Hood). In one episode of Goof Troop, Goofy says that Max was scared of the witch in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs when he was younger.
Although not yet certain, there are rumors about the mystery of Max's love life. As seen in A Goofy Movie, Max is trying to impress Roxanne and ends up with her, but in the later movie Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, he is seen with a girl named Mona (who is voiced by Kellie Martin, the same actress who voiced Roxanne).
Max has a love for skateboarding, as shown in the Goof Troop episodes "Leader of the Pack" and "Meanwhile, Back at the Ramp" and the films A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie.
The first appearance of Goofy's son was in the 1951 theatrical short Fathers Are People. He is referred to as Goofy Jr or simply Junior. He later appeared in a few other shorts such as Father's Lion (1952), Father's Day Off and Father's Weekend (1953) and Aquamania (1961). In these earlier films, Goofy was also portrayed with a wife, though she is always nameless and faceless. When Goof Troop was created, Goofy Junior evolved into Max, and Goofy's wife was no longer on the scene and was at one point revealed to have died. At some point, this information was removed from the Disney Guest Services FAQ which currently states there is no definitive answer as one not been revealed "on the screen".
In the series Goof Troop, Max is 11½ years old, active, nice, alert, friendly, and best friends with P.J., Pete's son. He and P.J. are in the same grade at their junior high school. He loves his dad, and is close to him, but wishes he would be a little more normal. He wears baggy jeans, trademark gloves, brown sneakers, and a red shirt.
A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie
In the two films, Max is the protagonist. As a teenager Max is embarrassed by his dad's antics and fears growing up to be just like him.
A Goofy Movie features Max as a teenage high school student, finishing the school year before going on summer break. We are introduced to his love interest, Roxanne, in a dream sequence where everything goes well until she is scared off by Max turning into his father, Goofy. Max is convinced Roxanne does not notice him and thinks the choke/laugh he inherited from his father (a-hyuck) is to her disliking. He thinks that 'she looks right through him', though several moments tell us otherwise. The movie revolves around Goofy believing he is losing Max and taking him on a fishing trip for some 'father-son bonding' while Max lies to Roxanne that he was going to the famous Powerline's concert in L.A. and that was the reason he couldn't take her to a party he promised. By the end of the film, Max and Goofy note they are stuck together but wouldn't rather it be anyone else and actually do make it to the Powerline concert, even appearing (accidentally) onstage. Max arrives home to apologize to Roxanne and introduces her to his dad (after he crashes through her roof).
In the direct-to-video sequel to A Goofy Movie, An Extremely Goofy Movie, Max (now 18) leaves for college with P.J. and Bobby Zimmeruski. He hopes to start fresh and join the elite X-Games champion team, the Gammas. However, because the Gammas invited Max and not his pals PJ and Bobby, he decides to compete against the Gammas in the upcoming X games. Goofy is fired from his job and must go back to college and get a degree, as it's the only way to get a new job. Namely, the same college as his "Maxie". At one point in the movie, Max manages to distract his father with Mrs. Marpole, the librarian, while he sneaks off to practice skateboarding. When Goofy gets a date with her, he rushes off to tell Max only to interfere with Max's practice; the result is Bradley Uppercrust III, leader of the Gammas, perceiving Goofy's clumsy antics on Max's skateboard for skill, offers him membership to the Gammas. Max encourages his father to join, viewing it as an opportunity to escape Goofy for a while. When this fails to work, Max selfishly reveals his desires to get away from his father and disowns him completely by telling him to "leave [him] alone and get [his] own life", sending Goofy into depression. When Goofy overhears the Gammas' plan to fix the games, Goofy tries to warn his son, who doesn't believe him. Once it becomes clear the Gammas are cheating, however, Max realizes that Bradley and the Gammas tricked him into disowning his father and Goofy was telling the truth. Unfortunately, Max manages to ask his dad to fill in for the incapacitated PJ, which Goofy happily accepts. During the final stretch of the triathlon, Bradley detonates an explosion in the X games balloon, trapping fellow Gamma member Tank underneath. With help from Goofy, Max rescues Tank and beats Bradley to the finish line. In the end, both father and son make amends at Goofy's graduation and Max gives his father the X-Games championship trophy as an apology gift for his selfish disownment from before.
Disney's House of Mouse
In the House of Mouse series, Max works as the parking valet for the club, and appears to be most level-headed and calm of all the club's employees. However, this may be because his duties are not nearly as important as some of the others, and his inclusions are just to help out the rest of the cast. However in episodes that revolve around him or Goofy, his embarrassment is much more noticeable and intentional.
The idea of Roxanne being Max's girlfriend after the film is still explored at this time. In the series, one episode that focuses on Max being off work, and on a date with Roxanne at the House of Mouse, and that all the main Disney cast (Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy) were embarrassing him, until Goofy, who Max thought was originally going to be the most embarrassing to deal with, cuts in between Max's date and the House of Mouse management (again, being Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Clarabelle and Horace) to give Max and Roxanne some privacy for the night. Max makes a cameo appearance in Mickey's House of Villains when the villains are entering the House of Mouse.
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas and Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
In the direct-to-video traditionally animated film Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, in the segment "A Very Goofy Christmas", Max goes bicycling into the mall with his father, Goofy, to mail his letter to Santa. However, their neighbor Pete tells Max there is no such thing as Santa so Goofy must now prove to Max there really is one, and is willing to stay up all night, yet is filled with disappointment in the early morning. In this film, Max is a little boy. "A Very Goofy Christmas" chronologically precedes other titles Max appears in. In the end, to cheer up his devastated father, Max dresses up as Santa Claus.
In the direct-to-video computer animated film Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (a sequel to Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas), in the segment "Christmas Maximus", Max is all grown up. Assuming that he has continued to age in real time at this point, he would be 23. He and his girlfriend Mona are leaving college, and Goofy picks them up at the train station, and brings them to Goofy's house. Goofy shows Mona Max's baby pictures and unwittingly embarrasses Max with all his fatherly love. But in the end Mona finds Goofy cool (and while she laughs, she shows that she has teeth equivalent to Max and Goofy's).
At Tokyo Disneyland, Max occasionally appears with Goofy on floats in seasonal parades.
- "The Ungoofables". Goof Troop. Season 1 (Disney Afternoon). Episode 27. October 19, 1992.
- "Disney FAQ: Who was the mother of Goofy's son Max?". The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
- "Disney FAQ: Who was the mother of Goofy's son Max?". The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
- "You Camp Take It with You". Goof Troop. Season 1 (Disney Afternoon). Episode 5. September 9, 1992.
- "Midnight Movie Madness". Goof Troop. Season 1 (Disney Afternoon). Episode 6. September 10, 1992.
- "Date with Destiny". Goof Troop. Season 1 (Disney Afternoon). Episode 14. September 22, 1992. Contains a scene showing the front of the school with a sign over the entrance which says "Spoonerville Jr. High".
- "Lethal Goofin'". Goof Troop. Season 1 (Disney Afternoon). Episode 36. November 1992. Contains a scene showing the front of the school with a sign over the entrance which says "Spoonerville Jr. High", as well as a scene showing the school newspaper with the heading "Spoonerville Jr. High", and a scene showing one of the school's peripheral buildings with the label "Spoonerville Jr. High School" printed on its wall.