Sunday, June 18, 2006

A Movie for Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to any dads (especially the stay-at-home variety) that happen to stroll on in today! I'd like to direct your attention to what I consider to be one of the greatest "overlooked" movies which happens to have a father-son theme. A GOOFY MOVIE is a little gem from the Disney studios that isn't regarded in the same league as the studio's other animated films. Released between THE LION KING and POCAHONTAS, A GOOFY MOVIE quietly debuted in the spring of 1995. The story of Goofy and his son Max on a cross-country road trip is full of originality, humor, and warmth.
Goofy decides to spend some quality time with his son by taking him on a fishing trip. The unannounced trip happens to be the same weekend Max has just scored a date with the prettiest girl in school. Like any good roadtrip, the teenage son doesn't want to go and is embarassed by his father's enthusiasm. Along the way, Goofy and Max stop at Lester's Possum Park, a spoof on Disney's own theme parks. They also have a run-in with Bigfoot that involves the Bee Gee's hit "Staying Alive." There's even some cameos by a few of Disney's other animated stars.

One of the standout features of the movie is the musical numbers. While not a "musical" like most other animated films, there are are a few stand out moments in the film set to music. "After Today" is a fantastic quick little song that pokes fun at the many different social groups in high school, and is on-par with anything from GREASE.

In the end, A GOOFY MOVIE is about a father's love for his son. It's a sweet, funny movie that most people have never seen. Everytime I watch it, I can't get over how well done it is, and whenever I share the movie with someone they are also blown away by how good it is. As my friend Aaron said after we saw it in the theatre 11 years ago, "That movie was way better than it had any right to be!"

Get your hands on a copy of A GOOFY MOVIE can thank me later!

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