Show Notes – A Goofy Movie

History

A Goofy Movie- Episode 27

  • Inspiration for the concept came from Disney CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg who was feeling distant from his daughter. He went on a road trip with her, which brought the two closer together.
  • Production began in early 1993, and the movie was released in April of 1995.
  • Direct movie sequel to the Goof Troop TV series that ran from 1992-1993.
    • The show established Goofy as a single father of Max, living next door to and befriending Pete.
      • Old high school buddies?
    • First Disney show that was a sitcom instead of an action/adventure show.
  • Directorial debut of Kevin Lima
    • Directed films include Tarzan (1999), 102 Dalmatians (2000), and Enchanted (2007).
    • Worked as an animator on The Brave Little Toaster (1987), Oliver & Company (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989), The Rescuers Down Under (1990), and Beauty and the Beast (1991).
  • Created by Disney studios all over the world.
    • Pre-production in Burbank, CA
    • Animation in Paris, France, Sydney, Australia, and Canada.
  • Very tepid critical reaction.
    • 53% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 15 reviews.
    • Grossed over $35 million at the box office.

Goofy

    • Created in 1932 by Disney Studios
      • Original concept drawings by artist Frank Webb, but animator Art Babbitt is credited with creating the character that would become Goofy.
      • Described by Babbitt thusly: Think of the Goof as a composite of an everlasting optimist, a gullible Good Samaritan, a half-wit, a shiftless, good-natured colored boy and a hick.”
      • Began as Dippy Dawg in a Mickey Mouse cartoon called Mickey’s Revue.
    • Came to prominence in the Mickey/Donald/Goofy theatrical cartoon shorts of the 1930s.
    • Had his own popular solo theatrical shorts in the 1940s and 1950s.
    • Was only seen on TV and comics for about 20 years between the 60s and 80s, but returned to theaters as the ghost of Jacob Marley in Mickey’s Christmas Carol in 1983.
  • How-To Series
  • According to film critic Leonard Maltin, The original voice of Goofy (Pinto Colvig) had a falling out with Disney and left the studio. This prompted Disney to create the “How-To” series wherein Goofy shows viewers how to do various things and activities and rarely speaks any lines.
    • Goofy was adopted by the 602nd and the 756th Bombardment Squadrons to be their mascot during WWII.
  • Everyman Series
      • First instance of Goofy being depicted as a family man.
        • Has a son and wife. Son is shown, but wife’s face is never shown.
  • Kingdom Hearts
    • Main character in Kingdom Hearts.
  • Voice Actors
      • Been voiced by a number of different people throughout the years.
        • Pinto Colvig (1932–1965)
          George Johnson (1939–1943)
          Hal Smith (1967–1983)
          Will Ryan (1986–1988)
          Tony Pope (1979–1988)
          Bill Farmer (1987–present)
        • Each actor brought a different character to Goofy’s voice.
  • Name
    • Is Goofy a nickname?
      • In his 1950s cartoons, he’s referred to as George Geef or G.G. Geef.
      • In Goof Troop his name is Goofy Goof or G.G. Goof.
      • Sometimes referred to in modern comics as Goofus D. Dawg.

Voice Actors

Goofy

  • Bill Farmer
    • Has been Goofy’s official voice since 1987.
    • Also voiced Pluto and Horace Horsecollar.
    • Most of his headlining work has been with Disney.
    • Has over 170 voice acting credits, most as Goofy.

Max

  • Jason Mardsen
    • Prolific voice actor – almost 200 roles.
    • Young Justice, The Fairly OddParents, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Static Shock, Marsupilami, G.I. Joe Renegades, Ben 10, Kim Possible, Xiaolin Showdown.
    • Didn’t sing the musical numbers in the movie.
      • Even though he can actually sing, the studio wanted a Broadway-style musical actor to provide the vocals for the songs (Aaron Lohr).

Pete – Jim Cummings

Roxanne – Kellie Martin

P.J. – Rob Paulsen

Bobby – Pauley Shore

Principle Mazur – Wallace Shawn

Bigfoot – Frank Welker

Take-Aways

  • 900 lb gorilla in the room – GOOFY HAD SEX WITH SOMEONE.
  • Rather, SOMEONE HAD SEX WITH GOOFY.
  • The only Disney character to have a son. Everyone else normally has nephews or nieces (except for Mickey in Mickey’s Christmas Carol, but he was playing a character).
  • Plays out almost like a romantic comedy without the romance.
  • Miscommunication/Deception leads to anger, betrayal, heartache, and, ultimately, reconciliation.
  • Is everyone in Goofy and Max’s town (which might be Columbus, OH, based on their map) a dog character? No ducks or mice or cows/horses (except for the Mickey/Donald cameo early on).
  • Powerline is depicted as the only black/dark dog character. His skin is noticeably darker than the rest of the dog characters.
  • Supposedly, he’s an amalgam of Prince and Michael Jackson.
  • Goofy and Max break into a high profile concert venue and do a ton of property damage, trespass on stage with a world famous musician, and face no consequences.
  • Goofy works as a photographer in a department store — how can he afford to take such an extravagant cross country vacation with his son?
  • Hotels, meals, supplies, gas.
  • The movie, while nostalgic, is painfully 90s.
  • The reconciliation sequence on the river is way too saccharine.
  • The songs are memorable and catchy, especially the Powerline ones.
  • 6 complete songs and several instrumentals.
  • Fun Fact — Roxanne isn’t in the sequel at all. Some relationship they had.
  • At the beginning of the movie, Max has a nightmare about turning into his dad.
  • At certain points, he’s embarrassed by laughing like Goofy.
  • His laugh is one of the things Roxanne really likes about Max.
  • He comes to accept his father and his “family heritage.”
  • First and only depiction of Star Trek in a Disney Film.

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