Western Animation: A Goofy Movie
"It's hard to be cool when your dad is Goofy."A Goofy Movie
is a 1995 animated film from Disney
, starring, of course, Goofy
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
, but 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.
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.
This film provides examples of:
- 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.
- 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).
- Alternate Continuity: It's unclear whether the movies are meant to be in the same canon as the TV show; while they don't drastically alter anything, there is some evidence to suggest they aren't in the same continuity (the complete disappearance of Peg, Pistol, and the family pets, Max and Goofy apparently living in a different house, Pete having a different job, and the altered character designs). The most popular explanation for everything that has changed is that... well... things changed. There are several years between the series and the films, and they involve Max and PJ maturing from kids into teenagers. The story didn't need Peg or Pistol to be there - Pete's not at home at all during the first movie, and only has four minutes of screen time in the second.
- 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, 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.
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Beauty Mark: Roxanne has one.
- 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.
- Blatant Lies: Pete saying to Goofy, "I just hate to be the bearer of bad news, but...".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: In addition to Max and Goofy's communication problems, none of the problems would have happened if Max hadn't gotten in trouble at school with the "Stand Out" stunt, which he did to impress Roxanne. At the end of the movie, Roxanne reveals that she liked him before he pulled the stunt.
- 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.
- Crowd Song: "On the Open Road", sung by all the various people in traffic, and "After Today", sung by many of the students.
- 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:
- When Bobby says, "Hey, that Goof kid ain't there!" during the Concert Climax, Stacey gives him a big one.
- Roxanne's dad gives a couple of these to Max when he comes over to see Roxanne.
- Delayed Reaction: It takes Goofy a couple seconds to realize that he should be afraid that he and Max are steadily approaching 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 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."
- 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.
- Eating the Eye Candy: When Powerline's two girl dancers walk off-camera, Max's eyes can be seen looking downward.
- 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 "I 2 I", 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Good Parents: In both movies 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.
- Heroic BSOD: Goofy shuts down for a while after he learns Max has changed the route on the road map.
- 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.
- "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.
- 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.
- Jerkass: Pete. Not just to his own son PJ by forcing him in hard labor, 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".
- 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 Pete's parenting advice is not to be trusted.
- 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.
- Living MacGuffin: Roxanne is the reason Max decides to change the destination from Lake Destiny to Hollywood.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nightmare Sequence: The very start of the film is Max having one where he turns into his dad.
- The Nineties:
- 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.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Many have noted that the Powerline's singing voice and dance moves resemble those of Michael Jackson.
- 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...
- 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.
- Off Model:
- 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 he wasn't panicking; he was in shock.
- 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.
- 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!: As Goofy accuses Max of ruining the vacation, Max shouts, "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.
- 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.
- The Renaissance Age of Animation: Technically not part of the Disney Animated Canon but very well-liked nonetheless.
- Repetitive Audio Glitch: At the end of Lester's Possum Park:
Here at Lester's Po- Po- Po-
] Possum Park!
- Retraux: Goofy and Pete's designs in this film resemble their original designs, which is likely meant to invoke them aging along with their children.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: PJ does not appear at all in the trailer. Pete and Roxanne are in the trailer, but very, very briefly—Bobby, meanwhile, is played up completely, despite having a smaller role than any of the other three.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- The Voiceless:
- An interesting version with Powerline, who, while he is the performer who sings "I 2 I" and "Stand Out", does not actually have any script lines in the movie at all.
- Roxanne's brutish father who does not have any lines in the two scenes he appears in, but is incredibly hostile to Max while adoring to his daughter.
- Vertigo Effect: We can see down to the bottom of the waterfall, when Goofy falls over it.
- 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.
- 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.
The sequel provides examples of:
- Accidental Athlete: With a little help, Goofy surprisingly winds up showing some skill in skateboarding.
- Art Evolution: This looks a bit more modern compared to the first movie.
- Ascended Extra: Bobby plays a much bigger role in this film than he played in the first film, despite the trailer for the first film featuring him very prominently.
- Background Halo: Bradley gets background horns when he says to his team that they're gonna cheat.
- Back to School: Goofy goes back to college after being fired to get a better job.
- Big "NO!":
- Max, after finding out his dad returned to college, specifically the one he's attending RIGHT NOW.
- Goofy does it as well when he sees Max and Tank crash into the gigantic X.
- Bowdlerise: According to Wikipedia, the tragedies of September 11th, 2001 resulted in most television runs haphazardly removing a segment involving a gigantic flaming X that puts many of the characters in trouble. The result is an awkward flash of "Look Out! They're Doomed! They're ALIVE!" within a matter of seconds. In the midst of the quick cuts, you can actually see the X on the ground, broken and smoking, and it leaves out the explanation on why Tank is with Goofy and Max and pulls a Heel-Face Turn on Brad at the end.
- Brotherhood of Funny Hats: The Gammas, as is shown when Goofy joins their fraternity, do in fact have funny hats.
- Brutal Honesty:
- Beret Girl doesn't even try to let Bobby down easy.
- Max towards Goofy when he was angry that his dad just wasn't taking the hint and pushed him too far.
Max: "Don't you get it!? I'm TRYING to GET AWAY FROM YOU! I'm not a little kid anymore! So just leave me alone and GET YOUR OWN LIFE!!!"
- Call Back:
- In Goof Troop at one point, PJ got a crush on a girl in his class after she recited her poetry. In this movie, PJ gets a crush on another girl... after she recites her poetry. Similarly, this isn't the first time Goofy has gone on a date with a school staff member.
- The engraving on the trophy is one to what Goofy said to Max in the tensest moment of the first movie. In the same scene, Bobby uses the word "cheesa" to describe the pizza he's holding and pointedly calls it "scrumptious."
- The Cameo: Does one of Bradley's men look a little too ape-like? And why is there red hair around his wrists? And why is he making weird, ape-like noises? It's Bigfoot, from the first film. He's shaved himself and is trying to disguise himself as a normal...dogfaced human.
- Chastity Couple: Obviously, given the target audience, no one does anything more than kissing, but PJ and Beret Girl don't even do that.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Max (red), PJ (blue), and Bobby (green). True to form, Max is the main character, Bobby is completely laid-back, and PJ is neurotic and serious.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Roxanne, Max's love interest of the first movie, has vanished without a trace or a mention, as has Stacey, her best friend.
- Contemplating Your Hands: Bobby contemplates everyone's gloves, which works as a Lampshade Hanging.
- Creative Closing Credits: The Dance Party Ending, which waits until the cast list is out of the way to start and takes longer than the rest of the "short part" of the credits to finish.
- Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: A variant during the Training Montage. Sylvia pours Goofy a cup of coffee and he drinks what's left in the pot.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Defensive example; in order to protect Bobby, PJ threatens to hurt Tank with a biscotti... somehow, though all he says on that subject is "I'm not afraid to use it!" This threat is rendered null when Tank chomps the biscotti right out of his hand.
- Dance Party Ending: The end credits show all the good guys excluding Tank dancing in their own special ways to the song "Right Back Where We Started From." The character who had gone through the most radical change in the film lip-syncs to it.
- Demoted to Extra: PJ gets much more attention than he does in the previous film, as does Bobby, but Pete appears for about four minutes.
- Description Cut: After Bradley dismisses PJ and Bobby's abilities, Max tells him that they're "serious athletes." Then the shot cuts to show Bobby putting spoons and straws all over his body to gain attention and PJ acting self-conscious and giving Bobby a mortified look. A bit different from other examples in that Max is actually right; the behaviors only appeared to be contrary to the description.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Several of the Gammas' attempts at cheating are shown to take place during the race. including removing the stones from the inside of the rock climbing wall, riddling the roadway with marbles, shooting missiles during the bicycle race, pretending to be a boy scout and old woman crossing the street, changing the direction of the course, blasting PJ into the next state in an attempt to disqualify Team 99, unbolting Bobby's bike wheels leaving him stranded in the mud, and dropping the giant X onto Max (and Tank).
- Disco Dan: Goofy & Sylvia, who are both avid collectors of 70s memorabilia and disco dancers. Goofy even moreso; he seems to genuinely think a disco suit and an afro wig are appropriate attire on a modern college campus, because it's Goofy.
- Disney Acid Sequence: Goofy's dream during the mid-term. An almost-literal example given the era it harkens back to. Ends in a White Void Room.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After a series and movie of Pete and others frequently causing him undeserved anguish, things finally start going right for PJ when he succeeds in his long-time goal of leaving home, gets a Love Interest to choose him over Bobby, and shows Hidden Depths and goes through Character Development that gets him to cheer up and boosts his confidence. The Hidden Depths and Character Development both form "New PJ", who, by the end, couldn't be happier.
- Empty Nest: Goofy suffers this badly enough that he ends up losing his job, and then again badly enough that he fails his midterm. See Hypocritical Humor below.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Bradley (though thoroughly despicable in many ways) does not attempt to back out after losing his bet with Max.
- Exact Eavesdropping: Goofy returns to the frat house to return his pin, only to overhear Bradley loudly talking about how they plan to cheat at the finals, even though this should be blatantly obvious to everyone already given that (A) as Bradley himself states that it's how they win every year, and (B) they've already been doing it this whole time.
- Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: Though Max has always been a good skateboarder, his friends are apparently strong competitors in athletic sports now. Also all of them apparently have a dream to win the X-Games now.
- Furry Reminder: One dogface catches a Frisbee in his mouth like a normal dog would.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- Bobby has a great line the first time he tries to talk to Beret Girl.
Bobby: "You and I could make sweet bong-o music together."
- It gets bonus points for not only the emphasis on the "bong" in "bongos", but also because "making sweet music together" is a known euphemism for sex.
- In the sequel, when Bobby learns that Goofy was fired from the job, his response is to joke that Goofy got fired because "his pink slip was showing." Max tells him not to push it.
- Gratuitous Disco Sequence: The disco scene. During which Goofy & Sylvia and PJ & Beret Girl hook up.
- Gray Rain of Depression: Max walks outside in this after having a fight with Goofy.
- Heel-Face Turn: Tank, after Bradley betrays him by launching himself and Max to their almost dooms via rocket-propelled skateboard, and then not helping to save him afterwards.
- Heroes Want Redheads: It's actually PJ, the sidekick, who gets Beret Girl. Roxanne has gone missing, meanwhile. However, Goofy does also get Sylvia.
- The Hopeless Replacement: Bradley launches PJ out of the arena so that Team 99 will have to forfeit (since each team needs three competing players). They replace him with Goofy at the last second. Played with in that while the characters may think Goofy will be a hindrance compared to their lost player, he is still their first choice for personal reasons.
- Hot Librarian: Sylvia. The animators were clearly trying even harder to make her read as attractive than they had been with Roxanne. Her outfit at the nightclub made the entire male student body do a collective Jaw Drop and got Goofy hot under the collar.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- In the beginning, Goofy gives a speech to Max and his friends about "focusing on goals to succeed in life" before they go off to college. Next day, Goofy loses his own focus due to his empty nest syndrome, resulting in him destroying the toy factory he worked at and getting fired. He then tries to get his college degree and plans on focusing on getting it, claiming he won't be distracted anymore since he's attending the same college as Max. Unfortunately he loses his focus again when he starts babying Max, completely forgetting why he was attending college in the first place. This cost him academically after Max blows up on him to leave him alone and get his own life, where Goofy proceeds to flunk his mid-term exam by doing nothing but doodling Max's name all over his test, completely no focus whatsoever.
- After Bradley cheats by sending PJ flying on rocket skates to get Team 99 disqualified, he says to the referee, "Hey, no fair! They're too late!" when Goofy arrives to replace him at literally the last second.
- Improvised Weapon: PJ threatens Tank with a biscotti in the café, Goofy hits Tank in the foot with a pool cue, and also throws a horse shoe at Bradley during the final race.
- Look Behind You: During the final rollerskating race, Bradley distracts the entire audience by pointing and saying, "Hey, is that Mickey Mouse?" long enough to change the course of the race.
- Love Triangle: Very small one between PJ, Bobby, and Beret Girl. Both PJ and Bobby took interest in her when they first saw her perform her poem, but Beret Girl showed more interest in PJ at the disco (not to mention she flat out rejects Bobby's advances).
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The bold, aggressive Beret Girl knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. The timid, passive PJ knows what he wants too, but is too paralyzed to do anything about it. She takes the lead at every single step in their relationship and he doesn't mind one bit.
- Merchandise-Driven: The movie's release just happened to coincide with the popularity of the X Games on ESPN. However, for some reason, when they run the film on The Disney Channel, they cut out all the ESPN references. Most notably is a blimp with a hideous gray blur over it.
- Misery Poker: In the first scene a very brief game occurs:
Max: Do you realize going off to college means no more well-meaning, but totally smothering, overprotective, doting, "ah-hyuck"ing dads?
PJ: Yeah, well yours at least. (sigh) My dad's been counting down the days until he can turn my bedroom into a bowling alley.
- Most Writers Are Writers: The parts of this movie that relate to academics seem to be almost completely centered on the humanities (with the exception of one test Goofy took that seemed to be a math test) and one of the two romantic subplots involves a librarian and the other involves two ameteur/in-training poets.
- Mythology Gag: Max's teddy bear, named Old Stuffed Bear, actually made his first appearance in the Have Yourself a Goofy Christmas segment from Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Bradley does two things in the final race that help the heroes out. First, he sends PJ flying on rocket skates to get Team 99 disqualified. This directly helps repair the fractured relationship between Max and Goofy. Then he almost lets Tank get killed which allows Team 99 the edge they need to win, even after stopping to save him.
- Nightmare Sequence: Goofy has this during his exam after Max had chewed him out moments before to get his own life. To add salt to the wound, he flunked his exam due to it.
- No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Inverted. Beret Girl is disgusted when Bobby hits on her, and then immediately flirts with and asks out the much shyer PJ. PJ, meanwhile, clearly does enjoy Beret Girl's moves toward chasing him and even assimilating him: he isn't very masculine to begin with and had been starved for love, so it makes sense. When he reveals Hidden Depths, it's pretty clear that he assumed he was supposed to receive the advances.
- Non-Standard Character Design: The referee is covered in actual fur, and thus looks more doglike than the others.
- Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo
- Off Model: In the original DVD release, at least, the DVD itself and the menu art feature a picture of Goofy and Sylvia dancing with Max in the background, while the bonus features menu includes PJ and Bobby too. All of them look deformed.
- Oo C Is Serious Business: While PJ clearly does not want Max to leave (even relapsing from his Character Development when the possibility arises), and Beret Girl tells him that he can't give up, Bobby is the one to give him an emotionally-charged, Rousing Speech in order to prevent him from transferring.
- Opposing Sports Team: The Gammas, though notably, Bradley is not a Villainy-Free Villain, doing such things as strapping rockets to PJ's skates and blasting him "into the next state" and dropping the giant X, now flaming, on Max (and Tank).
- Parent with New Paramour: When Goofy falls in love with Sylvia, Max is immediately accepting, mainly because Sylvia provides an additional distraction for Goofy away from him.
- Polka Dot Paint: In the factory scene, an automated paint brush is shown painting checkerboards with checkerboard colored paint.
- Product Placement: ESPN during the X-Games. See Merchandise-Driven.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
Max: "GET! YOUR OWN! LIFE!"
- Redhead In Green: Sylvia in her disco clothes, and also the clothes salesman girl in Goofy and Max's college life montage.
- Rousing Speech: Delivered to Max by Bobby of all people in order to prevent him from giving up and transferring.
- Security Cling: Discussed. When he hears that Goofy is planning to stay at college for a year, PJ panics and tells someone to hold him. Nobody does, though Max does try to reassure both him and Bobby with his words.
- Sequel Nonentity: As mentioned above, Roxanne (Max's love interest in the first movie) is neither shown nor mentioned.
- Series Continuity Error: PJ mentions finding the idea of Max dancing amusing, despite the Stand Out stunt and the Powerline concert in the first movie. Even if they don't count because he wasn't dancing with a girl, PJ has seen Max dance with a girl before, quite well, in the Goof Troop episode "Puppy Love." Oddly, this movie makes Call Backs to both sources in other places, and what makes it even weirder is that the line was uttered right before the Call Back to "Puppy Love" was paid off.
- Curiously, one of the play-by-play appears to be modeled on legendary ABC college football broadcaster Keith Jackson.
- Also during the scene where the group set off for college, when PJ can't make up his mind about which way a "louie" means (it's a left turn, for the record), an annoyed Max exclaims, "Louie, Huey, Dewey, what are you talking about?!"
- This little bit from the unemployment office scene:
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: The trailer does a good job of showing all the protagonists this time, but Bradley, the main antagonist, is nowhere to be found, possibly to avoid spoiling that he was actually a bad guy and not just a rival.
- The Smurfette Principle: Beret Girl and the college librarian, Sylvia Marpole, are good supporting characters despite being the only female characters in the movie.
- Stealth Pun:
X Games Announcer
: Perfect tens across the board! Except for the German judge. Nine on that one
- Stood Up: Due to failing his test, Goofy doesn't show up for Sylvia's congratulations dinner. She is not happy that he didn't even write or call her about it. Of course, she does accept his apology fairly quickly.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Beret Girl gives a brief but effective one to Bradley early on, which culminates in coffeehouse-wide crowd snapping.
Beret Girl: HA! Oh, you slay me, tiger. You are the fly in my soup. You are the eyelash in my eye. You are so busy blowing out bad vibes in every di-rec-tion that we are all choking on your second-hand smoke.
- Training Montage: Goofy studying is shown as a montage of this with Sylvia as his trainer. He even does some physical exercises like pushups while studying.
- True Companions: Sometime between the two movies, Bobby—who was a more distant friend in the first movie—seems to have joined Max and PJ's Heterosexual Life-Partners relationship. Incidentally, not only do all three go to college together, join the X-Games tournament together, room together, and share at least one class, Max flat-out refuses to join the Gammas unless they let both PJ and Bobby in too, and in the subsequent fight with the Gammas, PJ defends Bobby and Max defends PJ.
- What the Fu Are You Doing?: Bobby is a "yellow-belt" apparently. Of course, showing this off while being dangled upside-down by his ankles just looks (and sounds) ridiculous.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Pete and Max both call Goofy out on his hypocrisy in this movie, see the Hypocritical Humor entry above.
- White Gloves: Lampshaded by Bobby while he looks under his. "Do you ever wonder why we're always, like, wearing gloves?"
- Who Is Driving?: On the way to college, Max and PJ are trying to read the map, but Max is confused about which way is the right way to go and PJ admits that he has no sense of direction, so Bobby decides to help them read the map by pointing to the correct locations. Thing is, Bobby's supposed to be driving the van, and ends up driving it right through a cornfield.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: In the first movie Goofy was a child photographer, a pretty well paying and decent job which he seemed to enjoy. Here, all of a sudden he's a factory line worker for a toy company with a lousy boss and no future prospects, with no explanation why he's working there now. While this was used as motivation for Goofy to achieve higher learning, it really comes out of the blue, though knowing Goofy, it's not impossible that he just lost his old job in a Noodle Incident.