- After Max walks out on the Suck E. Cheese's, Goofy says he just wants them to spend time together as father and son, and assumes Max wanted to dance (unaware it's because a possum flung into Max's pants). Max all but states that he never wants to do anything with his dad ever again. You can just feel poor Goofy's heart breaking.Goofy: ...You uh, dropped your hat.Max: GAH! This is the stupidest vacation! You drive me from home, and jam me in this dumb car to drive me a million miles away TO SEE SOME STUPID RAT SHOW! (sighs) Call me when the trip's over.
- Their exchange while on the rapids will undoubtedly touch a nerve with any parent who loves their child.Max: You should've let me stay at home.Goofy: Why? So you'd 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!Max: I had to! You were ruining my life!Goofy: I was only trying to take my boy fishing, okay?!Max: I'm not your little boy anymore, Dad! I've grown up! I've got my own life now!Goofy: I know that! I just wanted to be part of it! You're my son, Max. No matter how big you get... you'll always be my son.
- The way Max pounds his fist on the car on the word "not." That little involuntary action perfectly conveys exactly how frustrated he is in a way that no line of dialogue ever could.
- Max falls quiet after Goofy tells him him that he'll always be his son no matter what. For most of the movie, Goofy has shown him nothing but love and patience, and Max repaid him with a bad attitude. The realization that it was all too much for even Goofy to bear is what finally makes Max understand that his father, despite his flaws, really did want the best for his son. All Max can do is turn away in shame, reflecting on the mess that his choices have left them both in.
- The waterfall. A father and son, who've just reconciled, heading straight for certain doom. And twice, one almost goes over, forcing the other to have to save them. It makes Goofy's Tears of Joy when Max manages to save him with The Perfect Cast all the more touching.
- Goofy's completely destroyed expression when he discovers that Max changed the road map.
- And, for that matter, the entire scene surrounding it too. When the map-change is first revealed by Pete, Goofy actually calls Pete on his accusation, marking the first (and only) time in the movie that Goofy actually stands up to Pete's belligerence. Yet despite Goofy insisting he didn't need to follow Pete's advice and check the map to see if it had been altered (because "I trust my son", showing just how much Max and Goofy's relationship had improved), the next scene shows Goofy getting into his car, clearly wrestling with himself on what he should be doing. He grows angry with himself for not following through on his own words and is about to go back inside, when he pounds his fist on the steering wheel causing the glovebox to pop open...and discovers that Pete was actually telling the truth this time. Then, just because poor Goofy hadn't been kicked enough at that point, he gives Max one last chance to come clean in a Secret Test of Character when he demands to know which turn they need to take to get to Lake Destiny; despite a crisis of conscience, Max sticks to his original plan, destroying Goofy's faith in his son.
- The Scholastic Junior Novelization portrays Goofy's thoughts on this betrayal:Pete was right. Love didn't mean a thing. You had to be tough. Mean. Kids had to be afraid of you.
- Goofy's bitter response to Max's attempt to explain. When you see a character like Goofy be genuinely upset, you know something's wrong.Max: Dad, listen, about my directions... (Goofy turns his back to Max) Will you listen to me? I've gotta tell you something, Dad!
Goofy: Why bother? I'm probably too stupid to understand anyway, right?
- The scene where Max and Goofy are trapped in the car overnight. When Max expresses amazement over a trick Goofy uses to open a can of soup, Goofy explains that his father taught him that, followed by this awkward exchange:Max: You two did a lot together, huh?
Goofy: (wistfully) Yup...
- Goofy reminds Max about how they used to call alphabet soup "Hi Dad" soup, because Max was always spelling words in the soup for Goofy. Max jokes around suggesting longer words and phrases, while Goofy gives the straight examples he remembers, like "Hi Dad,""Bye bye"...and "I love you." The way they both awkwardly quiet down immediately after he says that last one tells you everything you need to know.
- Pete holds his hand up to PJ for a high five, only to syke him and laugh in his face. You can just see the hurt on PJ's face when he realizes that this one moment where his dad could have been nice to him was just another instance of his bullying.
- Roxanne's expression when she doesnt see Max on TV. Stacey tries to comfort her, but it clearly doesn't help.
- In the "On the Open Road" number, the two pass a prisoner in a paddy waggon singing, in a rather forlorn voice, about how he's in no hurry to reach the end of his trip because he'll be sixty-five before he sees the open road again. That's a hilarious bit of Black Comedy... until Goofy turns to Max and imagines him in prison garb and a ball-and-chain, a sobering reminder of exactly what he's trying to avoid by taking him on this trip.
- As fun as "After Today" is, it's also about how Max feels like a nobody at school. All of his lines are about his personal insecurities, like how "They've been laughing since I can remember" or how Roxanne "looked right though [him]." Anyone who's even gone through those same feelings of self-doubt can identify with him and how badly he wants to improve his image.
- Hearing Pat Buttram's voice one last time (as the Possum Park M.C.) in a Disney film, especially since he'd already been dead for a year by the time it was released. Even more awkward, the character he plays is so old and frail that he looks about ready to kick the bucket himself.
Tear Jerker / A Goofy Movie