"If we listen to each other's heartA Goofy Movie is a 1995 animated film from Disney, starring, of course, Goofy. To date, it is the only theatrically-released feature film with a single narrative starring a character from the Classic Disney Shorts canon.As in Goof Troop, Goofy is a single father to teenage Max Goof. After Max gets into trouble on the last day of school, Goofy becomes worried that he hasn't been spending enough time with Max, and decides to take him on a father-son road trip. Max, however, is embarrassed by his dad, and is more worried about impressing the girl of his dreams, Roxanne. When the road trip means he'll have to miss a date with her, he claims it's because Goofy is taking him to a concert in Los Angeles, where he will appear on stage. Hilarity Ensues.The film was directed by Kevin Lima, who would go on to direct Disney's Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians and Enchanted. A Goofy Movie was not animated by Disney's main animation team in Burbank, but farmed out to studios in Australia, Canada, and France.A Goofy Movie was pretty successful in theaters, and eventually got a direct-to-video sequel, An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000). The sequel covers Max going to college, while Goofy joins him. The first film is considered by some to be an underrated classic, with some clever comedic bits and some heart and soul between Max and Goofy's relationship, with the second considered a perfectly respectable sequel with a similar attitude to style and plot.While both movies have plenty of the classic Goofy slapstick, they do not rely entirely on them for their humor. And even better, they also possess some genuinely touching father-son moments between Goofy and Max.
We'll find we're never too far apart
And maybe love is the reason why
For the first time ever we're seeing things
Eye to eye..."
We'll find we're never too far apart
And maybe love is the reason why
For the first time ever we're seeing things
Eye to eye..."
This film provides examples of:
- The '90s:
- Quite notably a product of its era. Lacks most of the grungy stereotypes, but there's flannel everywhere, Max's hoodie is an obvious clue, baggy pants are in, etc. Also, Pauly Shore.
- Powerline is the ultimate early-'90s pop star amalgam of Prince and Michael Jackson with a healthy scoop of Bobby Brown thrown in just because. Oh, and voiced by Tevin Campbell.
- AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: By Goofy in "Nobody Else But You" to pull off a Painful Rhyme.Who deserves a hero's trophy / as we face each cata-STRO-PHE?
- Accidental Dance Craze:
- Max gets a possum in his pants, and everybody claps along and dances with him.
- The "perfect cast" turns into a dance craze at the end.
- Accidental Pervert: When looking for Max at the concert, Goofy accidentally stumbles upon the back-up singer's dressing room (when she's in her underwear), at which point she screams and punches him out of the room.
- Adorkable: All protestations to the contrary, Max is Goofy's son, so this is to be expected. However, even smart, pretty, and popular girl Roxanne shows quite a bit of this in the scenes she's in. It goes a long way in having the audience root for the relationship. PJ also shows quite a bit of this not only but especially in the RV cleaning scene.
- Roxanne also turns out to be this. Like Max, she's shy, awkward, stutters adorably, and tends to babble, drop her books, or bump into things when she's nervous. At one point, she gets her finger tangled in her hair while twirling her finger through it.
- Adult Fear: What drives the plot of the movie. An angry and hyperbole-ridden call from the principal concerning Max's behavior at school leaves Goofy in fear that his son is starting to turn to delinquency, prompting him to plan the road trip in an attempt to bond with his son.
- Advertised Extra: Bobby was given lots of screentime in the trailer to the detriment of Roxanne, Pete and especially PJ, as well as being prominently displayed on the cover art. He is used in five scenes, four of which are in the first act (he technically appears in one other scene but doesn't do anything and isn't acknowledged), contributes only one thing to the plot, and disappears without even a mention for the entire second act of the movie and most of the third.note
- The Alleged Car: Goofy's much abused car (essentially a thinly veiled cartoon version of the AMC Pacer, a real-life alleged car).
- All Part of the Show: The crowd goes wild when first Goofy and then Max end up on stage with Powerline. The fact that Powerline himself is oddly okay with this situation helps.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: One of the main reasons that Goofy and Max's relationship is in such a poor condition at the start of the movie is that Goofy, though a loving father, is incredibly embarrassing, and still treats Max like he's a little kid, rather than a grown teenager with maturing concerns.
- Ambiguously Brown:
- Powerline has brown skin (fur?), but we don't know his ethnicity; it's implied that he could be African - American. However he has this look probably to resemble Tevin Campbell who voices him.
- Powerline's backup dancers display this too; they all look identical down to the brown skin, black hair, and outfits.
- AM/FM Characterization: Early on, Max and Goofy have a Dueling Banjos moment over the radio between Goofy's cassette of "High Hopes" and Max's rock radio station. Not only does this show a lot about each character, it highlights the generation gap between them, all without saying an actual word.
- Animated Musical: Animated movie with six musical numbers.
- Animation Bump: The animation is consistently good throughout the movie, but you do notice a difference for the climactic scenes (especially all of the dance moves at the concert).
- Art Evolution: Goofy and Pete sport somewhat modernized versions of their old designs in this film, rather than the slightly different Goof Troop designs, most likely to give the impression they've gotten older since the events of the show.
- Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity: The entire film is one, since Goofy really wanted to get closer to his son because he heard "something's wrong when a kid doesn't spend time with his parents" and then that Max was in danger of being executed eventually—of course, given that the people who told him this were Pete and Principal Mazur, his information was less than reliable. Max, meanwhile, didn't want to engage in the bonding mostly because of the timing. See Poor Communication Kills.
- Bare Your Midriff: Lisa that has a black bikini top and ripped blue jeans and the Powerline dancers. These are justified for their work, but Lisa is the only female student with this look.
- Beauty Mark: Roxanne has one.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Goofy of all people becomes genuinely angry when he finds out Max lied to him and changed his map route.
- Be Yourself: Max tells a Celebrity Lie to Roxanne to get her to like him, but when he confesses that it was a lie and why he told it, Roxanne informs him that she already liked him ever since she first heard his laugh.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Bigfoot appears when Max and Goofy are at the campground. He chases them into their car and messes with their stuff.
- Birds of a Feather: Max and Roxanne. They're both adorkabley shy, awkward, and tend to stutter and babble when nervous.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Lester's Possum Park is a very Crappy Carnival playing on Disney's Country Bear Jamboree.
- Blatant Lies: Pete saying to Goofy, "I just hate to be the bearer of bad news, but...".
- Body Horror: Max turning into Goofy; thankfully, it was all just a nightmare.
- Body Wipe: When Pete is bowling and makes PJ knock down one pin. Pete is cheering, "WOOHOO! STRIKE-OLA!" and he jumps into the camera filling up the screen and then jumping right out. And also when Goofy takes a tire out of his trunk, the camera zooms out of his mouth and he and Max are seen riding a rollercoaster.
- Book Ends: The film openings with a pan down from a blue background to the sky in Max's opening nightmare. At the very end, we pan up to the sky.
- Brake Angrily: Goofy does this not long after Max fails his Secret Test of Character - namely, lying about which way to go to get to their original destination, taking them to LA instead.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Pete is tasked with taking a picture of a little girl who kicks him in the shins and won't sit still until he velcros her to the seat (and even then she eventually runs away leaving her diaper behind). Her mother looks understandably exhausted.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Max's friend Bobby is quite quirky and accepts payment in the form of spray-on cheese (which he eats raw) but no one else has the expertise to rig the school AV system to pull the stunt Max does.
- Busman's Holiday: A literal example. A joke in "After Today" is that the school bus driver will spend his summer vacation "sitting on his butt", which is his job anyway.
- The Cameo:
- Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck appear for a line or two as hitch-hikers during a musical number. Later Mickey can be seen for a second among the audience during the movie's Concert Climax. As if that wasn't enough already, Max has a Mickey phone on his nightstand.
- Bambi and Mufasa appear as stuffed animals at Goofy's workplace.
- A nightlight in the cheesy motel the crew stays at bears a striking resemblance to Ariel from The Little Mermaid. She can also be seen on a placard on stage (perhaps remnants of a school musical?) when Max sings "Stand Out".
- Captain Ersatz: The nerds are dressed up in what appear to be Star Trek uniforms, but their insignia is upside-down.
- Captain Oblivious: Goofy, which gets on Max's nerves. Despite overwhelming evidence, Goofy couldn't seem to grasp that Max is not enjoying himself in the slightest, instead deluding himself that Max is having a good time. He also was too dumb to realize people are laughing AT him, not with him, biggest example was the Possum Park scene where he embarrassed himself and Max, despite the latter begging him to stop.
- Catapult Nightmare: Max after the Dream Intro.
- Celebrity Lie: Max telling Roxanne he'll be at the Powerline concert.
- Cement Shoes: On the open road, a car drives by with a guy tied up in the trunk with cement shoes, though he is not actually shown being killed.
- Chekhov's Gunman: A number of background characters seen in "On the Open Road" turn up at the Concert Climax. (The Tiny Guy, Huge Girl, Mickey Mouse, the four nuns...) Guess they were driving clear across the country to attend the concert, too.
- Chekhov's Skill: The Perfect Cast. First used by Goofy as a means to kick off the Bigfoot subplot, later used during the climax by Max, to rescue his dad from falling to his death. This also becomes a Chekhov's Boomerang in the Concert Climax.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Peg and Pistol (Pete's wife and daughter), as well as family pets Chainsaw and Waffles from Goof Troop. The sequel confirms that Pistol is gone.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: Goofy walks in on Max as his trouser fall down to reveal Stock Underwear. He also walks in on the backup singer at the Powerline concert, changing in her dressing room, revealing a lacy one-piece undergarment.
- Comic Trio: Max, PJ, and Bobby act as this during the production of the "Stand Out" stunt. Max, who came up with the stunt plan, is the schemer; Bobby, whose technological expertise was required for the stunt, is the follower; and PJ, who was the only one willing (or able) to voice that the plan might be a bad idea, is the powerless. However, Played With in that it took more to get Bobby involved than it did for PJ (an actual "fee" vs. just talking him into it again).
- Comically Missing the Point: This exchange happens when Goofy and Max first encounter Bigfoot:Max; Dad, it's BIGFOOT!!
Goofy: (holding a video camera) Could you back up a bit, Mr. Foot? You're out of focus.
- Concert Climax: During "I 2 I", Max gets onstage at the Powerline concert and his relationship with Goofy is repaired.
- Conjunction Interruption: When Max is objecting to going on vacation, Goofy uses this against him, insisting he knows best.
- Conspicuously Light Patch: Most noticeable when dealing with Max's hat at Lester's Possum Park, which changes art style when thrown out the window.
- Cool Car: Although the car ends up The Alleged Car, it floats and survives all the way back home. And then explodes in the movie's final scene.
- Counterpoint Duet: "On the Open Road" starts out as one of these before becoming a Crowd Song. Goofy sings one upbeat verse, then Max sings a sarcastic one, and then they each sing one on top of the other in the same tones as before.
- Crappy Carnival: Lester's Possum Park, which seems to mainly consist of a malfunctioning animatronics show, one guy in a costume (who harasses Max until he hits him), and flash photography taken with live possums who aren't even contained.
- Creepy Child: The little girl at Lester's Possum Park, particularly her big toothy grin and the fact that she keeps staring at Max.
- Crowd Song: "On the Open Road", sung by all the various people in traffic, and "After Today", sung by many of the students.
- Crying Wolf: Goofy believes Pete's habitual lies and misleading comments which result in him hurting his relationship with Max. Goofy finally stands up to Pete and tells him that he doesn't believe him when he says Max changed the map. Unfortunately, that was the one time he really should have listened to Pete.
- Curse Cut Short: "My life's a living-" "HELL-o little buddy!"
- Darker and Edgier: While not a "dark" film by any means, it definitely is more serious than the TV series at points. Goofy's and Max's father-son relationship was never in such turmoil in the TV show.
- Dean Bitterman: In addition to making Max's end-of-year stunt sound like a gang fight and implying he should be executed for it, the principal of Max's high school is apparently out to ruin his students' summer by planning events that involve coming to school and learning.Mazur: How about - Science Slumberparties?!
- Death Glare:
- Delayed "Oh, Crap!": It takes Goofy a couple seconds to realize that he should be afraid that he and Max are steadily approaching a waterfall.Goofy: Ah-hyuk! A waterfall! (Beat) A WATERFALL!?
- Demoted to Extra: Despite Goof Troop being about the Goof and Pete families, and Max, PJ, Goofy and Pete getting equal attention, this film is all about Max and Goofy.
- Description Cut:
- When Pete tells Goofy that if Max isn't spending time with him, he might be doing bad things. Goofy says that Max would never get mixed up in anything like that. The scene cuts to Max in the principal's office awaiting punishment for his school disruption.
- When Pete walks out of the RV, Max asks him if PJ is with him. Pete answers that PJ's "loafing around in there somewhere." The scene cuts to show PJ buffing the floors and dusting the trophies while singing and dancing.
- When they meet at the Neptune Inn, Pete tells Goofy that the RV's extension cord is tiny and unnoticeable before ordering PJ to carry it in. When PJ enters the room, he visibly strains under the weight of a massive, conspicuous pile of tubes.
- Disney Animated Canon: A Goofy Movie is not part of the official canon due to its ties to Goof Troop and the fact that it was not produced by the core Disney team in Burbank, but there are a lot of fans who would argue that it should be included, especially since it's a musical.
- Dodgy Toupee: Principal Mazur's hairpiece, which flies off of his head when Max slides down the banister next to him in "After Today."
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: To some viewers, Principal Mazur's unfounded comments about Max being "dressed as a gang member" and heading for the electric chair ring disturbingly familiar.
- Doting Parent: Goofy goes out of his way to give Max lots of attention. Makes sense, seeing as how Goofy's wife is gone and he's the only one taking care of his son.
- Dream Intro / Erotic Dream: The movie begins with Max on a field with Roxanne, when suddenly he transforms into his father. Max then wakes up and bolts up from his bed.
- Eating the Eye Candy: When Powerline's two girl dancers walk off-camera, Max's eyes can be seen looking downward.
- Empathic Environment: After Max is publicly humiliated by Goofy at the Possum Park and Max angrily storms off to get away from him, a downpour starts and thunder can be heard a few times. Makes perfect sense to convey Max's furious mood, especially when he reaches his Rage Breaking Point after getting back in the car.
- Everyone Hates Mimes: Goofy at one point mimes along with a mime, then cuts an invisible rope the mime is pulling... and a real piano falls on the mime. Goofy and Max walk away whistling as if nothing happened.
- Exact Eavesdropping: Pete just happens to open the door to the hotel room right when PJ is berating Max for his lack of foresight in changing the map. And of course he repeats so the antagonist can hear.
- Eye Cam: Max, recovering from the news that Dad's dragging him on a vacation.
- Fainting: Max does an emotional faint when he realizes that Goofy is going to take him on vacation.
- Fair Weather Friend: During "I2I", Bobby shouts the impersonal "Hey, that Goof kid ain't there!" when Max is not onstage. When Max is onstage, he changes his tune very quickly to "That's Max! I know him!"
- Fan Disservice:
- Pete wearing nothing but a pink Speedo.
- The back-up singer Goofy walks in on as she's changing.
- Fanservice Extra: Lisa, the scantily clad high school student, the three buxom cowgirls looking for Nashville during "On the Open Road", and Powerline's backup dancers, whom Max happily admired In-Universe.
- Flat "What.": Goofy says this in response to Pete telling him that Max had changed their road map so that they are heading to Los Angeles. During the same conversation, Pete responds with a normally-inflected "what?" when Goofy refuses to believe him.Pete: Your kid's dupin' ya.
Goofy: What do you mean?
Pete: Well, I heard the little mutant telling PJ that he changed the map so... you're headin' straight to L.A., pal.
Pete: Oh, you tried, Goof. He's just a bad kid, that's all.
Goofy: I don't believe you.
Goofy: I don't believe you, Pete.
Pete: Well, hey, don't take my word for it. Check your map.
- Food Porn:
- The pizza Max and PJ eat looks delicious and is animated perfectly.
- The pancakes Goofy eats.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus:
- The first time Goofy opens the map, pause it, and you'll see the Goof family has misspelled their family name three times, other humorous misspellings, and a "go back for tent".
- If you freeze frame at the right time during the first photo session at Goofy's work, you can see red eyes during a camera flash.
- When Goofy is changing Max into his fishing gear if you freeze frame at the right moment you can see Max's bare ass.
- A heart balloon and a Mickey ears balloon appear during the final verse of "On the Open Road".
- During "I 2 I", if you freeze frame the crowd shot after the security guard gets knocked into the screen, you can see Mickey Mouse, a viking, an unimpressed-looking Max lookalike, and a non-anthropomorphic goat in the crowd.
- When Max pulls the opossum out of his trousers, there's another brief shot of his Stock Underwear.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: Averted. Pete is quite obviously drinking beer.
- Funny Background Event:
- "On the Open Road" shows, among other things, a person floating away on a crowd of balloons, a dancing corpse, and a guy tied up in a trunk during the last verse.
- During an otherwise heartwarming scene of Max and Goofy spending the night locked in the car, Bigfoot suddenly disco dances across the background.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- Max is clearly staring at some girls' asses at the Powerline concert. They walk off the camera, but we can see his eyes drop down.
- Lisa, a schoolgirl and one side character, in the first act of the movie is VERY scantily clad, and after Max's Powerline stunt, one can see her adjust her top a little to reveal more cleavage before approaching him. She is notably voiced by Julie Brown, who voiced Minerva Mink in Animaniacs.
- During the "After Today" musical number, three boys throw jockstraps during the "No more gym, no more gym, no more gym" lyric, and one of them lands directly into Max's face.
- When Pete is wearing a speedo, a front bulge is clearly visible. It's a bit weird for a Disney movie.
- Before it turns into a nightmare, Max's dream that kicks off the film is very clearly an Erotic Dream. The radar-dodging is particularly impressive when you remember that both characters - including the very seductive Roxanne in the skin-tight, leg-revealing dress - are meant to be 14 years old.
- Girl Next Door: Roxanne. She even lives just a block away from Max's house.
- Good Parents: Goofy is an exceptionally caring and supportive parent, if a little doting and bumbling.
- Good-Times Montage: The stops between the diner and the Neptune Inn are shown this way. These stops include an amusement park, a monster truck rally, a baseball game, waterskiing, watching a mime, bat caves, and a giant ball of yarn, as well as several car maintenance stops.
- Goofy Suit: Max runs into a man in a Lester suit at Lester's Possum Park, and after said costumed man successfully invades Max's personal space, he smacks his mask backwards after which a group of kids pile on top of him and drag him off-screen.
- Growing Up Sucks: It's something of a theme in this movie, as it focuses on the "growing pains" in family life; early-to-mid adolescence specifically. There are also more subtle signs of the trope, most notably the already mentioned instances of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Goofy shuts down for a while after he learns Max has changed the route on the road map.
- Hidden Depths: Who would have ever thought a group of nuns traveling cross-country would be huge Powerline fans? Or that a Huge Girl, Tiny Guy on "the odd romantic getaway" would turn out to be a backup singer and roadie for Powerline?
- Hilarity Ensues: Well, this is A Goofy Movie.
- Hooked Up Afterwards: Done with the pals of the Official Couple. Max's Pauly Shore-voiced friend Bobby has such a hook-up with Roxanne's valley-girl best friend Stacey, when they both reach for Bobby's can of cheez whiz that he dropped. Bobby lifts his dark sunglasses and smiles at her, and Stacey gives him a brace-filled smile back. It's a cute/quirky moment, but there is absolutely no lead-up to it whatsoever.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Goofy has somehow gotten the idea that Pete is "good with kids" and believes everything he tells him—which helps him believe Principal Mazur's exaggerated account about Max that turns him into an Overprotective Dad, and briefly take to heart Pete's parenting advice which is to keep your kid "under your thumb", which unsurprisingly upsets Max even further. Later on, Goofy does seem to realize his folly... unfortunately, by that point Pete is actually telling the truth.Goofy: You know, maybe Max isn't everything you expect a son to be, but... he loves me.
Pete: (irritably) Hey! My son respects me.
- Imagine Spot: Goofy has one during "On The Open Road". When he and Max pull alongside a prison wagon containing a convict on his way to prison in striped jumpsuit and shackles, Goofy turns to look at Max and sees him in an identical jumpsuit and shackles, before abruptly speeding up to get away from the wagon.
- Inevitable Waterfall: Played for drama, surprisingly.
- Ironic Echo: When Goofy and Max go on the road the first time, Goofy tries to entertain Max by playing 20 questions and even though Max is disinterested, he guesses Walt Disney which Max says is right. Later, after Goofy discovers that Max changed the map and Max chooses the wrong direction, infuriating Goofy, Max tries (and fails) to break the tension by playing the exact same game in reverse.
- iSophagus: Goofy accidentally swallows a squeaker when trying to get baby Kimmy to smile, resulting in him making squeaking noises instead of talking and laughing until Pete knocks the squeaker out of his throat.
- "I Want" Song: "After Today"; Max wants two things: to win Roxanne's heart and to turn his reputation around. He achieves both goals by the end of "Stand Out", although he thinks he hasn't finished the first one.
- Pete. Not just to his own son PJ by forcing him into hard labor and deliberately disappointing him just because he feels like it, but to Max as well. He deviously listened in to Max's confession to PJ about him changing the directions on Goofy's map, then goes and tells this to Goofy with false sympathy. Though the way he went about telling him was more out of being an ass than as a "concerned friend".
- Principal Mazur also counts as he practically started the plot by over-exaggerating what Max actually did in the school auditorium, making it sound worse than it really was.
- Kick the Dog: Most of what Pete does to PJ, while unkind, serves some selfish purpose. However, when he offers to give him a high-five, takes it back, and then laughs at him for falling for it (which visibly upsets him), it serves no purpose other than to demonstrate that Goofy shouldn't trust Pete's advice.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Max describes Goofy as "highly animated" in "Nobody Else But You." While Max was referring to his personality, it can also refer to the fact that he's a cartoon character.
- Limited Animation: Some background characters are subject to this, particularly in the concert scenes. At Stacey's party, no one but Stacey, Roxanne, and Bobby move at all.
- Limited Wardrobe:
- Goofy and Max didn't pack a change of clothes, it seems.
- Roxanne wears the exact same outfit on the last day of school, at a party, and at home at the end of the movie, several weeks apart.
- Living MacGuffin: Roxanne is the reason Max decides to change the destination from Lake Destiny to Hollywood.
- Logo Joke: A minor one, but a notable one nonetheless; the opening Walt Disney Pictures logo fades away from the background instead of to black, which leads to the film's opening title and scene.
- Loser Son of Loser Dad: Max fears this is his eventual fate: To be a carbon copy of his father, "Just a Goof". He eventually learns to accept Goofy's quirks and stops considering him a loser.
- Lots of Luggage: Pete's idea of camping is parking his state-of-the-art RV in the middle of the woods. When parked, the RV expands into a home away from home, with a kitchen, living room with a big screen TV, a bowling alley on the roof, and a bunch of other modern devices. Pete also barely spends any time out in the actual outdoors, but still considers it camping.
- Male Gaze: When Max is seeing the concert on a giant screen, it shows closeups of both of the dancers' butts.
- Match Cut: After Goofy discovers Max's altered road map, he goes to lay on the bed in his motel apartment, with a closeup shown of his glum face. The camera slowly tilts and fades to him and Max back on the road, with Goofy still wearing the same expression on his face.
- Meet Cute:
- Happens between Max and Roxanne in two steps. First she talks to him after he falls down the bleachers and he chokes up and runs. Later in the principal's office, Roxanne wants to talk to Max so she taps him, startles him, and ends up dropping all her books and papers on the floors, only to find her hands touching his when they go to pick them up.
- Stacey and Bobby have a similar moment later in the movie when Bobby accidentally drops his cheese spray and Stacey goes to pick it up at the same time he does.
- Missing Mom: Like in Goof Troop, we have no clue, nor ever a mention of Max's mother - whoever she was, if she's either divorced from Goofy or died. It is more likely than not that she died giving birth to Max though no specifics were ever made to give clarity to that. Moreover, we never really see the mothers of Max's friends who are never really mentioned, either (including the removed Peg) - we only see their fathers (Pete and Roxanne's growling father). Even more with Bobby, who we know nothing of his parents in general.
- Mood Whiplash:
- From a nice father-son bonding moment... to falling off of a waterfall.
- And before that, when Bigfoot initially appears, he's a generally comical character, but menacingly chases Max and Goofy in a very tense, but short chase, then he goes right back to being comical as soon as he finds the Goofs stuff and messes around with it and again goes back to being menacing when Goofy and Max try to get Alphabet Soup, and then back to comical.
- The principal's office scene follows up Bobby's "Leaning Tower of Cheesa" pun and related Plucky Comic Relief antics with a visibly and audibly terrified PJ dreading an inevitable harsh punishment, and then back to Bobby being silly... until he's called into the office where he's serious briefly, and then back to silly again. At this point in the movie, even the score has severe Mood Whiplash, flipping between casually happy-sounding music and dramatic music every couple of lines.
- Right after Max changes the map in a tense, dramatic scene, Goofy wakes up to ask "How many cups of sugar does it take to get to the moon?"
- Lester's Possum Park, a scene full of Biting-the-Hand Humor, is immediately followed by Max meeting his Rage Breaking Point and lashing out at Goofy.
- Moonwalk Dance: Goofy does a brief one when he's onstage with Powerline.
- Mundane MacGuffin Person: Roxanne is the reason Max is traveling. He wants to show off to her at a place opposed to his father's destination.
- The Musical: Interestingly, of the six songs performed in the movie, only three of them are of the classic "spontaneously bursting into song" variety. The other three all have in-universe justifications for being there.
- Mythology Gag:
- When Goofy announces the road trip with his "best buddy", Max asks if he means Donald Duck. Goofy says, "No, silly, you!"
- When the car starts sliding down the canyon, several scenes strongly resemble the old cartoon Mickey's Trailer. Also, the car bouncing across multiple canyon columns and toppling them one by one is likely a shout-out to the Pluto cartoon The Legend of Coyote Rock.
- Never My Fault: Goofy. Yes, Goofy. When their car starts rolling down the mountain, he blames Max for both the car running away and the door being locked. Max retorts that the locked door was on Goofy's side. Goofy then blames Max for distracting him and tells Max he should have put the brakes on himself, then he accidentally breaks it. Max use that to show that Goofy "ruins everything". Then Goofy blames Max for "ruining the vacation". Then Max explodes at his father that he never even wanted to come and should have just let him stay home. The argument ends with Goofy saying all he wanted was to spend time with him and doesn't want them to become any more distant.
- Never Trust a Trailer: This TV spot tells complete falsehoods (such as saying Max is the most popular kid in school, implying Roxanne is his girlfriend before the events of the movie, and saying that his best friend—which it misidentifies as Bobby—is cool), completely ignores both Petes, makes Goofy and Max's conflict seem much more one-sided, and doesn't make it clear that the movie has a Road Trip Plot or that it's a musical.
- Nightmare Sequence: The very start of the film is Max having one where he turns into his dad.
- No Antagonist: The central conflict stems from Max and Goofy's estranged relationship.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Many have noted that the Powerline's singing voice and dance moves resemble those of Michael Jackson. He also wears a suit that bears a striking resemblance to the ones worn by Devo.
- No, You: When Max and Goofy are arguing with each other about who's responsible for causing the chaos in the car chase:Max: You should have put the brake on!
Goofy: Why didn't you just put them on yourself! [pulls the brakes off]
Max: See? You ruin everything!
- Non Sequitur, *Thud*: While Goofy and Max were spending a night in the their car:Goofy: (half-asleep) How many cups of sugar does it take to get to the moon?
Max: Uh... three and a half?
Goofy: ... *thud* ZZZZZ...
- Not Afraid of You Anymore: Goofy allows himself to be pushed around and bullied by Pete for the entire movie... until Pete accuses Max of going behind Goofy's back and changing the map to send them to LA. Goofy finally stands up for himself, stunning Pete in the process. Unfortunately, Pete was actually telling the truth for once.Goofy: I don't believe you.
Goofy: I don't believe you, Pete.
Pete: Well, hey, don't take my word for it.
- Not What It Looks Like:Max: You should have let me stay at home!
Goofy: Why? So you'll end up in prison?
Max: Prison?! What are you talking about?
Goofy: Your principal called me—
Max: It's not what you think!
Goofy: You even lied to me!
- Nuns Are Funny: The four nuns that Max and Goofy bumped into periodically throughout their journey are shown to attend the Concert Climax. Somehow, the idea that four nuns drove clear across the country just to attend a Powerline concert is hilariously unexpected.
- Oblivious Guilt Slinging: The morning after Max changes the map, Goofy offers to make him navigator and tells him that he trusts him wholeheartedly. Max hesitates a bit in response, but goes through with his plan anyway. Additionally, Goofy's initial lead-up makes it sound to Max like he already knows.
- Goofy's fishing pole changes length several times and as Max is trying to save Goofy's life with the fishing pole, and before Goofy accidentally pulls the cork handle off of the pole, the cork keeps disappearing and reappearing.
- At the diner, Max's parsley and bacon keep disappearing and reappearing, and his eggs return to intact form a couple of times, while Goofy's syrup mysteriously vanishes and doesn't return.
- When Goofy first shows Max the map, Los Angeles is already marked before Max changes it.
- While not terribly noticeable considering the basic aesthetics are kept though with subtle differences (Max being a little taller and his face being shaped slightly differently), Max sometimes sports his Goof Troop look in the first few parts of the film.
- The Trekkie with the glasses is briefly drawn with a human nose when he's hooting after Stacey.
- Oh, Crap!: Several times. The best expressions are PJ's in the principal's office after his dad learns about the stunt and Max's when he first sees Bigfoot and right before the waterfall. The first case was handled well for such a habitually nervous character because it wasn't run-of-the-mill panic but a Thousand-Yard Stare.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Goofy is legitimately hurt and furious when he discovers Max changed the map.
- Out-of-Character Moment: The scene where everyone chants Max's name is one for PJ, who lies and takes credit from someone else, behaves optimistically, burdens a friend, and starts a crowd chant in the span of one scene. He is typically overly honest and very self-effacing, a skeptic if not an outright pessimist, the recipient of any friendly burdens, and a Shrinking Violet except when he and Max are alone. The line "I told you our plan would work" doesn't make any sense for him to say, whether it's true or false.note
- Overprotective Dad:
- Roxanne's father seems to speak primarily in grunts, growls and glares, particularly after he finds out that Max is there to speak to his daughter.
- Goofy, as his desire to bond with his son is what drives the plot. However, he softens up as the film goes on. Justified in Goofy's case, as his first indicator that Max isn't as well-behaved as he thought was having the Principal call him up, yelling about how Max's behavior is leading him to a cell in juvenile hall. Goofy had no clue that it was the Principal overreacting due to having been publicly humiliated.
- "Pan Up to the Sky" Ending: The final shot is a pan up from the house to the sky.
- Parental Bonus:
- Goofy mentions mambo king Xavier Cugat, a reference likely lost on the target audience.
- Max's Curse Cut Short. "My life is a living-" "HELL-o, little buddy!"
- Percussive Maintenance:
- Max's alarm clock, which is three and a half hours behind until he hits it.
- The proprietor of Lester's Possum Park hits the side of the stage to get the animatronics to work again.
- Petting Zoo People: The Dogfaces.
- Piano Drop: When Goofy and Max see a mime, Goofy starts playing with him and cuts the rope from the weight he was hauling—the rope and the scissors were fake but the piano being hauled was real and falls on the mime. Goofy walks away in embarrassment.
- Poor Communication Kills:
- It's Principal Mazur's extremely exaggerated warning to Goofy about Max's behavior that sets Goofy off on the idea of taking Max on a vacation in the first place. If he'd taken even a moment to get Max's side of the story, or at the very least put the vacation off for a week, a whole lot of pain could have been avoided.
- Goofy and Max's entire relationship in the first movie could be summed up as this too. Max spends most of the movie mad at Goofy, and Goofy spends it completely oblivious to how his son actually feels, and neither one actually takes the time to just talk directly about their problems, until near the climax of the film, when they're about to careen over a waterfall because of it.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When Goofy accuses Max of ruining the vacation, Max explodes, "I never! Wanted to go! On this stupid! VACATION!!!"
- Rage Breaking Point:
- Max after the horrid trip to the Possum Park. He was already seething after the embarrassing moment Goofy dragged him into, but then exploded when Goofy presented him the possum hat that he threw down in anger before (thinking he had "dropped it").GRAAAAHHH!!! THIS IS THE STUPIDEST VACATION! YOU DRAG ME FROM HOME, JAM ME IN THIS DUMB CAR, AND DRIVE A MILLION MILES AWAY TO SEE SOME STUPID RAT SHOW!!! (throws hat out window) Call me when the trip's over!
- While Goofy was just disappointed after finding out that Max had changed the map route, it's when they come up to the junction to either California or Idaho and Max chooses to go to California that Goofy snaps. He first enters Tranquil Fury, then suddenly stops on the side of the road, quickly exits the car, slams the door, and stands eerily still, looking over a canyon.
- Max after the horrid trip to the Possum Park. He was already seething after the embarrassing moment Goofy dragged him into, but then exploded when Goofy presented him the possum hat that he threw down in anger before (thinking he had "dropped it").
- Recurring Extra: A group of nuns keeps showing up all throughout Goofy and Max's road trip, including at the store where Goofy works, the road itself, the diner they stop at, and the Powerline concert. In most cases, almost everyone outside Max's school is seen everywhere. Either the entire world (but Goofy) is into Powerline concerts, or they all know being around the Goofy family nets them screentime.
- Repetitive Audio Glitch: At the end of Lester's Possum Park:Here at Lester's Po- Po- Po- [bang] Possum Park!
- Reverse Psychology Backfire: When trying to convince Max to go on the trip, Goofy resorts to using reverse psychology, talking about how he's going to do everything "all alone." Max's response is to shrug and say "I guess so!"
- Road Trip Plot: The plot involves Goofy taking Max on a road trip.
- Rod-and-Reel Repurposed: Max learns the Chekhov's Skill of the Perfect Cast from his father. This comes in handy when Max uses a fishing pole to rescue Goofy from certain doom at the bottom of a steep waterfall.
- Secret Test of Character: At a junction on the highway, Goofy hands Max the map and asks him to pick between going left to California, or right to Idaho. Goofy found out that Max changed the map the previous night. Max fails the test by choosing to go left, causing Goofy to Brake Angrily.
- Serendipitous Symphony: "On the Open Road", which started from some odd percussive noises the car and related items were making.
- "Setting Off" Song: Goofy, Max, and eventually a crowd sing "On the Open Road" when the road trip begins.
- Sexy Walk: After Roxanne first talks to Max (with encouragement from Stacey), she and Stacey leave and Roxanne's hips sway as she walks.
- Shipper on Deck: Both Stacey, Roxanne's best friend and PJ, Max's best friend, ship Max and Roxanne. Because they have very little in common otherwise, they go about it in different ways. Stacey actively pulls strings in order to get them together, while PJ just helps from the sidelines but is willing to go the extra mile to help Max win Roxanne's heart.
- Immediately after learning of Max's last day of school stunt, Goofy spots a blue light leading him to the bobblehead doll he purchases. For years, Kmart was notorious for their "blue light" specials. Fitting considering the movie, Goofy and Pete appear to be working at a generic Kmart/Wal-Mart clone.
- Max standing at the top of the bleachers during "After Today" is remarkably similar to Danny's ending pose from "Summer Nights" in Grease.
- When Pete meets up with Goofy at the campsite, he refers to the occasion as a serendipity-doo-dah.
- Two were featured back to back in "On the Open Road".
- During the montage of Max and Goofy's pit stops one of the places they visit looks suspiciously like Main Street USA from the Magic Kingdom.
- The Neptune Inn has a similar layout and design as the Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World. Additionally, the night light in the room is of a mermaid that resembles Ariel.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: PJ does not appear at all in any of the trailersnote . Pete and Roxanne are in the main trailer, but very, very briefly—Bobby, meanwhile, is played up completely, despite having a smaller role than any of the other three. Roxanne has more screentime in the TV spot, but Pete doesn't appear at all there either.
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein: In-universe, PJ does not seem to know any of the words to "Stand Out" except for "Stand out, above the crowd, even if I've got to shout out loud!" And compared against the soundtrack version, he sings that line to the melody of a different chorus than the one he was cued for.
- Source Music: The songs mentioned under AM/FM Characterization, along with "Stayin' Alive" (which Bigfoot listens to on Max's Walkman) and three of the original musical numbers, "Stand Out" and "I 2 I" (in-universe pop hits) and "Lester's Possum Park" (part of an animatronics show).
- Spit Take: Pete spits his beer all over his TV screen after he sees Max and Goofy on stage with Powerline.
- Squirrels in My Pants: Max gets an opossum in his pants.
- Stock Scream: The famous "Goofy holler" is used twice just in the titles, apparently as a sort of Leitmotif. There is also a Wilhelm Scream when their car runs into the scaffolding on the highway. The use of the Goofy Holler is later averted when Goofy goes over the waterfall.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Max and Goofy arguing over what music to play in the car results in the stereo exploding.
- Suck E. Cheese's: "Lester's Possum Park", complete with creepy animatronics with varying degrees of functionality. However, in this case, it's a Crappy Carnival instead of a restaurant, as an Affectionate Parody of Disney's own "Country Bear Jamboree".
- Suspiciously Apropos Music: By the time they join Powerline on stage, Goofy and Max have learnt to see each other's point of view. Naturally, that just happens to be the topic of the song they cut in on.
- Teens Are Short: Every time a teenage character is seen next to a parent, he or she is at least a head shorter.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: PJ has a vacant, eerily fixed expression when leaving the principal's office, as he dreads his father's wrath in an equally vacant tone.
- Throw It In!: In-universe. Powerline is initially surprised at Goofy's unexpected appearance on stage during he concert, but keeps playing along when Goofy does the Perfect Cast and turns it into a dance step.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: A couple driving by on the open road consists of a short, thin husband and a tall, bulky wife. The husband mentions an "odd romantic episode" which Max calls "Very odd" when he and Goofy ride by. They turn out to be a roadie and performer respectively at the Powerline concert.
- Toxic Friend Influence: While Pete is definitely a jerk, he seems to genuinely want to help Goofy out of his problems with his advice. It's just that his detached, domineering way of parenting would clearly cause more harm than good.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Bobby's can of "cheese spray", which he is seldom seen without and is shown eating at the strangest times.
- Two-Timer Date: Max ends up being forced into finding a way to go to a concert that he promised Roxanne he would go to as a date and a camping trip with Goofy after the principal ends up calling Goofy and made things seem far worse than they actually are.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Roxanne, a short, curvy, pretty young girl, has an extremely large, hairy, mean, overweight Overprotective Dad.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one cares about the dancing corpse or the mob victim in the trunk in the song "On the Open Road."
- Vertigo Effect: We can see down to the bottom of the waterfall, when Goofy falls over it.
- Vocal Dissonance: The Big Beautiful Woman seen "On the Open Road" with her tiny beau has a deep, gruff speaking voice that would rival Pete's. The Concert Climax reveals at the end that she has an amazing and somewhat feminine singing voice.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Goofy and Max, to a greater extent than in the show. Goofy is an Amazingly Embarrassing Parent for this reason, while Max spends most of the beginning refusing to lighten up.
- World of Funny Animals: All of the characters in both movies are Petting Zoo People dogs (or rarely cats) with a cameo from Funny Animals Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck in the first.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Max becomes a minor celebrity at the school after pulling off the Powerline stunt, and is happy right up until he gets home, where he's brought back down to Earth when Goofy tells him about the vacation he has planned for them both.
- Your Mime Makes It Real: Max and Goofy see a mime pretending to pull something up. Goofy plays along and mimes cutting the rope, which causes a real piano to crush the mime.