2000; Rated G; 76 Minutes
Bill Farmer: Goofy
Jason Marsden: Max
Rob Paulsen: PJ
Pauly Shore: Bobby
Jim Cummings: Pete
Brad Garrett: Tank
Produced by Lynne Southerland; Directed by Douglas McCarthy;
Screenwritten by Hillary Carlip and Scott Gorden
by DAVID KEYES
suffer greater pain than one might imagine as they watch
their own children grow into adulthood, leading their own
lives without the necessity to depend on their creators
any longer. The prospect of anyone raising children begins
innocently enough; they expect the time between birth and
graduation will not go so fast, and therefore not hurt so
much when it is time for them to go out on their own. But
sooner than they realize, infants crawling around in diapers
are going onto school, getting jobs, maintaining responsibilities
and then, ultimately, moving away from home. Those who love
their children strong enough will feel this way no matter
how long childhood years seem to last.
Extremely Goofy Movie,” a new direct-to-video sequel, sees
Goofy’s son, Max, embarking on one of life’s final destinations
towards becoming a man: college (an interesting approach,
in a way, since the character was but a few years old and
still believing in Santa Claus in “Mickey’s Once Upon A
Christmas” from last year). Goofy withdraws from every element
that makes up his life when the growing teenager has moved
onto the University campus; he gets sidetracked at his job
at a local toy assembly line, and busts the machine, resulting
in the delivery of his walking papers. Then he is told that
he cannot get another job until he acquires a college degree.
Good news for him: he will be going to school with his own
this situation is like flies in the buttermilk for Max,
who wanted to go to college, in the first place, to get
away from his father (not because he didn’t like him; just
because he was tired of being treated like a kid). How will
both father and son cope with living and working together
on the same campus? Simple: they must realize, without doubt,
that they are now leading two completely separate lives.
They cannot be father and son; they must simply be schoolmates.
arc is not terribly involved, but it provides an amusing
dose of comedic twists either way, sometimes involving one
goof or both at the same time. How do you put aside your
father/son relationship, for instance, when the dad is forcing
his son and classmates to clean up the messes in their dorm
rooms? And how do you avoid being a son when your father
sits next to you in class and starts abundantly discussing
your personal relations? Embarrassment is said to bring
the biggest laughs in movies, and Max goes through enough
plethora to survive two more “Goofy Movie” sequels.
plot is more busy than its premise realizes, however; the
idea of two family members trying to sweep their relations
under the rug would not completely maintain a film at the
running time of 76 minutes. Naturally, the goofs are given
something to do on the side; Max and his good friends, for
instance, are in competition against the infamous Gamma
fraternity for the victory of a popular sporting event.
The more amusing subplot, however, sees Goofy, a relatively
clumsy fellow, fall head-over-hells for the college’s own
few direct-to-video sequels work, but “An Extremely Goofy
Movie” is, thankfully, an exception to this rule. This could
be, in fact, linked to the notion that the sequel does not
have high standards to live up to; the first “Goofy Movie”
film, even though amusing, was hardly a “Lion King” or “Beauty
And The Beast” at the box office. And its animation, too,
was never the quality of Disney’s bigger animated efforts.
The direct-to-video sequel is executed with the same conviction
as its predecessor, and, therefore, does not represent a
decline in quality.
don’t forget this notion: the film is rather funny, but
not in a profound or complex tone. The comedic substance
is strictly a surface coating to help spice up the plot,
if it should grow dreary or overdone at anytime for the
audience. We laugh a lot, but many small Disney cartoons,
like the first “Goofy Movie,” are not made to simply provide
the viewer with intense laughter. There are more solid issues
at heart: father/son relationships, coming to terms with
growing older, putting hard effort into your grades even
if it means interfering with less-important engagements,
and learning to respect each other’s privacy.
it comes to cartoons, “An Extremely Goofy Movie” argues
that sometimes, indeed, less is more.
2000, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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