The final part in our trilogy about the intellectually challenged
is A GOOFY MOVIE. Parts I (FORREST GUMP) and Parts II (DUMB AND
DUMBER) were live action films. The concluding piece is advertised as
"Walt Disney Presents: A GOOFY MOVIE--It's hard to be cool when your
Dad is Goofy".
A GOOFY MOVIE stars the classic cartoon character of Goofy.
Normally, Goofy is given silly things to do. He then acts just as
silly as his material, and it all works for some simple and harmless
laughs. This time the producer (Dan Rounds) decided to cast Goofy in a
realistic role and test the bounds of the character while keeping his
IQ in double digits.
In A GOOFY MOVIE we find Goofy as an apparently single Dad. His
son, Max, is in big trouble at school. Max tried a big stunt in front
of all of the school body to impress a girl he is dying to date. The
principal makes Goofy think Max is turning into a juvenile delinquent
so Goofy decides a long fishing vacation all over the United States
will straighten Max out. He just needs some good old quality Father
and Son time.
Max, on the other hand, is portrayed as the cliched teenager who
thinks his Dad is totally uncool and does not want to be seen with him.
Moreover, Max wants to go on a date with his girlfriend to watch a
concert by that famous rock star, Powerline rather than go on a
vacation with his Dad.
I got very tired very fast of watching the stereotyping. As one
who has a good relationship with his son and who understands that it is
both quantity and quality of time that matter, I found the cliches a
bit hard to take after a while. My 6 year old and I went together to
see the movie. He spent a lot of time staring at Max trying to figure
out what his problem was. He liked a few of the laughs but overall did
not care for the movie that much. He got scared several times of
something he could or would not identify--my guess is that it was the
way the son treated the Dad and the way the Dad was shown as such a
If they wanted to make a movie about Goofy, then they should have
found a better script for him. If they felt they wanted to talk about
father and son relationships in a cartoon, then make the Dad at least a
little bit smarter and the teenager just a bit more caring.
There was some parts of the show that were outstanding. I thought
the colors were delightful; the rose and purple pastels were especially
lovely and soothing. The sets were imaginative as well so that
watching the visuals were a delight--too bad I could not have turned
off the sound.
The character of the girlfriend was unusual and perfect. She was
extremely cute without being suggestive. They drew her with large
thighs and dressed her only in shorts. She had a radiant loveliness
that made you understand why Max was smitten with her. I think drawing
realistic and attractive women or girls is hard to do in cartoons.
Artists who try usually end up with cute animals ala Minnie Mouse or
sleazy women ala the one in Roger Rabbit.
Finally, there was one great minor character--the girlfriend's
dad. Ever gone to a new girlfriend's house being a little bit scared
of what her Dad might be like and how he might treat you? Well,
welcome to your worst nightmare.
Copyright © 1995 Steve Rhodes