YMMV / A Goofy Movie

A Goofy Movie

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The character of Stacey is far more interesting if you watch the film under the theory that she is in love with Max, and has determined that the best thing for him would be to match him with his dream girl Roxanne. Disney historian John Grant is a noted proponent of this theory.
    • A lot of fans seem to think that Principal Mazur's phone call was an "overreaction," meaning that he is a classic Dean Bitterman. When you stop and think, though, how Max commandeered the school auditorium by having his principal dropped through a trap-door, a parental phone call seems rather lenient. And, unlike the literal interpretation that some fans seem to apply to Principal Mazur's words ("Max should literally be killed for disrupting the student body!"), one might read the words as a very reasonable warning: "If Max keeps making rash decisions, particularly those which compromise figures of authority, he might someday get into very serious legal trouble." All in all, Principal Mazur (though somewhat bitter and clearly bad-tempered) might be a much more Reasonable Authority Figure than he gets credit for.
    • And then there's the relationship between Max and Goofy on a discussion on who was more in the wrong. On one hand, Goofy did take Max on an impromptu vacation that the latter never wanted to go in the first place instead of simply having a talk about the principal's phone call to Goofy to his son, not to mention that Goofy failed to realize that Max is simply old enough to make his own decisions and was only thinking about how this would affect him, making Goofy's motives pretty selfish to say the least. On the other hand, Max, while understandably upset, was still acting like a brat, complaining about minor inconveniences and just being downright rude to Goofy overall. His line "I got my own life", in spite of still being a teenager living under his father's roof, made him sound like a pretentious jerk who has little respect for his father. So in a way, both were pretty much in the wrong.
  • Angst? What Angst?: As is said thrice, PJ is terrified of getting in huge trouble with his dad for the Stand Out stunt. Then after it's inevitable but before he can get his punishment over with, he not only is happy, but is uncharacteristically confident and optimistic.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • At the end of "On the Open Road" a corpse not only joins in the song but gets up and dances on the roof of the hearse he's riding in. No one bats an eye.
    • Just before that is a guy tied up in the trunk of a car in Cement Shoes singing the song!
  • Designated Villain: The security guard at the Powerline concert who chases Max and ends up suffering a painful comeuppance. Pretty extreme for a guy who was just doing his job.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film received mixed reviews from critics, scoring a 53% on Rotten Tomatoes, but the audience loved it and the film has a 70% audience score on the site.
  • Cult Classic: The film isn't particularly universally known, but it maintains a small, devoted fan base and is regarded as an underrated gem. The sequel is also held in good regard for its strong Character Development of several characters.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "I2I" to the max.
    • And "After Today", sung at the beginning of the movie when the school's student body is going to their last day before summer vacation starts.
    • "Stand Out" is also very catchy.
    • "On the Open Road"
    • And not from the film itself, but its original VHS release; anybody who owned this movie on tape are probably still haunted by memories of this little musical number which preceded the film itself, courtesy of Parachute Express.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Roxanne and Stacey. The former is only a relatively minor character in one movie, but is more popular than most of the regulars to the point that fans took more note of her disappearance than anyone else's. The latter is only in five scenes but has a big enough impact on the story and a large enough personality that she stands out.
    • Bobby is a very popular, quotable character within the fandom, especially for being a brand new Plucky Comic Relief character in about a fifth of the movie's scenes. Cue him being a main character in the sequel.
    • Bigfoot, who has been jokingly called the "best Disney villain."
    • Also the guy in the crowd who screamed "Yo Stacey! Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me. Baby!" Considering his voice actor, not much of a surprise.
    • Lisa, a blonde, busty and seductive schoolgirl. She is very scantily clad and fans note this. She is also notably voiced by Julie Brown, who voiced Minerva Mink in Animaniacs.
  • Epileptic Trees: Many that watched Goof Troop noticed Peg and Pistol's absences. The most popular theory was that Pete and Peg got divorced and she had custody over Pistol.
  • Genius Bonus: Goofy's line to Bigfoot mentioned under Comically Missing the Point is a reference to the fact (oft repeated by skeptics) that no picture or video of Bigfoot ever seems to be completely in focus.
    • Also, two of Powerline's hit songs have hidden messages that actually relate to the plot of the film. The first song, "Stand Out", is about trying to get noticed, which Max coincidentally gains popularity from the other students from and gets Roxanne's attention, as well as an invitation to Stacy's party. The second song, "I2I", is about two people struggling to agree with each other due to their disparities, which is Goofy and Max's relationship in a nutshell.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Goofy once refers to Bigfoot as "Mr. Foot"
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The shot in the car with Goofy and Max where Goofy has a disappointed/irritated look on his face is basically the poster for "Son, I am disappointment". Mainly because you very rarely will ever see Goofy legitimately angry.
    • Bobby's lines "It's the Leaning Tower of Cheese-a!" and to a lesser extent "CHEDDA WHIZZY!"
    • The nerd shouting at Stacey, as listed under Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • More Popular Spin-off: Many fans of the movie, if they're even aware there was a series, didn't watch it or remember it much. The fact Disney gives poor advertising and release to their TV shows but not movies in general doesn't help.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Bigfoot only appears briefly, but many fans testify to rewinding and watching his scene repeatedly, and it is often considered to be the funniest scene in the movie.
    • The lethargic, disinterested Possum Park MC, voiced by Pat Buttram in his final movie role.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Pete might be a bad father, but he raises a good point: you might want your kid's love and friendship, but you need their respect. Any parent will tell you that having the respect of your children is integral to correcting their behavior.
    • And then there's Principal Mazur's phone call to Goofy. Yes, he did overreact, and he did exaggerate Max's behavior over the phone. But as explained about, he does kind of have a right to be upset after Max and his friends have interrupted a school assembly and sent him down a trap door. Also, as explained above, Principal Mazur's last line to Goofy about Max ending up in the electric chair could be more of him warning Goofy that his son would, in the future, find himself into serious legal trouble if he keeps that type of behavior up, and based on Max's attempt to be popular, as well as his scheming ways in the television adaption of the movie, it seems like he was getting pretty close to heading towards that direction.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Besides being Max's love interest, Roxanne didn't really have much of a role or motivation in this movie. It certainly isn't helped by the fact that she was scrapped from the sequel.
    • Powerline, considering the fact that that he has no spoken dialogue—only singing. Thus, we hardly know anything about him at all.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: In-universe, Bobby is The Friend Nobody Likes. Out of universe, he's very popular. Max's real life popularity is even greater in the movie fandom than in the show fandom, while his in-universe unpopularity is more obvious.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Powerline was most likely an amalgam of Michael Jackson, Tevin Campbell, and Prince. Both of Powerline's songs are sung by Tevin Campbell.
  • What an Idiot: The whole issue with Max changing the map to go to Los Angeles instead of Lake Destiny gets turned on it's head when you realize that since Max has been established as the navigator, he could have just made Los Angeles a new stop on the way to Lake Destiny.

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