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A Goofy Movie

The first feature film to topline Disney's 63-year-old daffy dog, "A Goofy Movie" is a stop-gap animated entry from the studio until its next biggie, "Pocahontas," arrives in June. None too edifying for adults, this is pretty much a small-fry-only offering that will do predictable biz at mall matinees.

With:
Voices:
Goofy - Bill Farmer
Max - Jason Marsden
Pete - Jim Cummings
Roxanne - Kellie Martin
PJ - Rob Paulsen
Principal Mazur - Wallace Shawn

The first feature film to topline Disney’s 63-year-old daffy dog, “A Goofy Movie” is a stop-gap animated entry from the studio until its next biggie, “Pocahontas,” arrives in June. None too edifying for adults, this is pretty much a small-fry-only offering that will do predictable biz at mall matinees.

Brightly drawn, fast-moving and mercifully short, efficient effort is a male bonding saga that hinges upon the fears of teenage pooch Max that he’ll grow up to be just as goofy as Dad.

A bashful kid, Max has the rug pulled out from under him when, just as he’s summoned the courage to ask his beloved Roxanne out on a date, old Goofy informs the kid that they need to spend some quality time together and drags him on a forced vacation.

Father and son hit the road, but not before Max tells Roxanne to look for him on the upcoming broadcast of a concert by rock sensation Powerline.

Plot’s main question is how Max will transform their woods-and-fishing expedition into a trip to L.A. and backstage entry at the concert. This being an animated film, logic has little to do with the answer, and climax features a gigantic musical number centering on an artist who comes off as equal parts Prince and Michael Jackson.

Soundtrack features six serviceable if unmemorable songs, and action is as good-natured as it is quickly tiresome. Goofy’s personality, while agreeable enough in support, proves a bit over the top for a headliner; by any reasonable reckoning, he’s distinctly overbearing and selfish, and responds with a bland dismissal to any opinion offered up by his son.

Pic is unusual in that most of the animation was done by a Disney unit in Paris, with further work executed by teams in Sydney, Burbank and Toronto. All technical aspects are crisp and clean.

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A Goofy Movie

Production: A Buena Vista release of a Walt Disney Pictures presentation. Produced by Dan Rounds. Directed by Kevin Lima. Screenplay, Jymn Magon, Chris Matheson, Brian Pimental, story by Magon; (Technicolor prints).

Crew: Editor, Gregory Perler; songs, Tom Snow, Jack Feldman, Patrick DeRemer, Roy Freeland; original score, Carter Burwell; production design, Fred Warter; art direction, Wendell Luebbe, Lawrence Leker; (Dolby SR); casting and voice direction, Jamie Thomason; associate producer, Patrick Reagan. Reviewed at Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, April 3, 1995. MPAA Rating: G. Running time: 78 min.

With: Voices:
Goofy - Bill Farmer
Max - Jason Marsden
Pete - Jim Cummings
Roxanne - Kellie Martin
PJ - Rob Paulsen
Principal Mazur - Wallace Shawn

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