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  • 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. Others, though, find it justified becaise Max commandeered the school auditorium by having his principal dropped through a trap-door, and that a parental phone call seems rather lenient. 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 to certain people's eyes than to others.
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    • 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 Max specifically did not want to go on instead of simply talking about the principal's phone call. Not to mention that Goofy failed to realize that Max is old enough to make his own decisions, and Goofy was only thinking about how this would affect him, making his motives pretty selfish, to say the least. On the other hand, while understandably upset, Max still acted self-centered in his own way, complaining about minor inconveniences, and just being rude to his dad. Max's line "I've got my own life now", 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. While both of them were in the wrong, there's debate over which one of them acted more out of line.
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    • Pete deciding to reveal to Goofy that Max was duping him with the map can be interpreted in many ways. Some people see Pete as being a malicious Jerk Ass with ill intent who was jealous of the bond between Goofy and Max, and intentionally wanted to drive a wedge between them by revealing what he overheard in the conversation between PJ and Max. The devious grin he displayed when listening to the two certainly helps this theory. On the other hand, there are those who see Pete as being a legitimately concerned, if flawed, friend to Goofy who felt the need to tell Goofy the truth because he didn't want Goofy to get hurt, and wanted to teach Goofy the importance of having your children's respect. It helps that when Goofy steps out of the tub and tells Pete that he trusts Max, Pete does have a brief look of sadness on his face. With his facial expressions and tone all over the map, it's difficult to tell whether Pete is really being a concerned friend or just a troublemaker who wants to stir up strife between a father and his son.
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  • 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. One interpretation could be said that, after getting out of the principal's office, PJ had reached a point where he knew his dad was going to unleash holy hell upon him, so he was trying to take advantage of his last few moments as a free man before that happened.
  • Awesome Music: When the film was released, in its review, Variety called the songs "unmemorable". Come 20 years later, at the D23 Expo panel, during the part of "On the Open Road" where the other drivers sing, Bill Farmer, still in character as Goofy, invites the audience to "sing along". And if you listen closely, every single audience member still knows every word! You can especially see Jason Marsden laugh when everyone shouts "Yeah!" along with the big fat lady. This is especially incredible, when most nostalgia of this film tends to veer towards the Powerline songs ("Stand Out" and "I 2 I"), which are still awesome, but "After Today", "Open Road", and "Nobody Else But You" are just as great!
  • 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.
    • Bigfoot's appearance comes and goes with no foreshadowing or references to it either way. This arguably makes that much funnier.
  • 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.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The part where a mime gets a piano dropped on him. That's not funny - what's funny is not only Max but Goofy both whistling and just walking away like nothing ever happened.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Dark Horse:
    • 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." He's since even made his way into modern Disney media, like DuckTales (2017).
    • 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 Julie Bruin in Tiny Toon Adventures and Minerva Mink in Animaniacs.
    • While mostly a background character, Powerline is still a major mainstay in much of the merchandising for the movie. If a geek apparel store's got Goofy Movie merch, it'll be more than likely a Powerline shirt.
  • Epileptic Trees: Many that watched Goof Troop noticed Peg and Pistol's absences. The most popular theories are either that Pete and Peg got divorced and she had custody over Pistol, or (for a darker turn) Peg and Pistol simply passed away somehow.
  • Genius Bonus: Goofy's line to Bigfoot mentioned under Comically Missing the Point is a reference to the fact (often repeated by skeptics) that no picture or video of Bigfoot ever seems to be completely in focus.
  • He Really Can Act: This is, by far, Bill Farmer's tour de force as Goofy. Most folks just assume that voice acting is simply doing funny voices, but they often forget about the acting part. This is notable during the car chase scene. It's not often that Goofy gets to act angry or desperate, like he does during that scene.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Goofy once refers to Bigfoot as "Mr. Foot."
  • Idiot Plot: The movie would be over in ten minutes if Max and Goofy had just talked things over before the road trip; Goofy about the call from the principal to let Max explain, and Max about Roxanne and the party to make Goofy understand.
    • Then, given that Max and Goofy were literally driving all over the country and making every stop along the way, Max could have easily presented the Powerline concert as just another stop on the way to Lake Destiny (if a roundabout one), instead of secretively replacing it as the final destination on the map to fuel unnecessary drama.
  • 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 Disappoint". Mainly because Goofy is very rarely angry.
      • Similarly, it's quite a common joke to paste a bunch of characters into the car with angry Goofy to make it seem like he doesn't appreciate the people he's carpooling with.
    • 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 Dark Horse.
  • More Popular Spinoff: 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.
  • One True Pairing: Max and Roxanne. Their Adorkable chemistry is so off the charts, it got them a pretty big following. The fact that fans got genuinely pissed that Roxanne didn't appear in the sequel is a testament of that.
  • Periphery Demographic: While not intended to appear to a specific demographic, the film has an incredibly dedicated African-American audience. A Huffington Post article by "Black Nerd Problems" editor Jordan Calhoun goes into great detail about how so many of the story beats reflect specifically on the experiences of black youth circa 1995.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Max was sometimes mean to Goofy in this film, but despite his questionable actions, it's pretty clear he has a point and he also learns his lesson at the end. However many people (see YouTube comments) make him out to look like an outright Jerkass.
  • Signature Scene: Amongst viewers of the film, the motel sequence is quite memorable due to how adult-themed it gets surrounding Goofy and Pete's conversation, and how fathers should be taking care of their sons. Another candidate for the most memorable sequence is the Powerline concert at the end.
  • 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 (well, more accurately, a friendly aquiantance they just met). 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.

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