Jun 28, 2021
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are joined by the wonderful Tara Town (of TikTok fame!) on a heartfelt trip down memory lane as we discuss the 1995 film from Kevin Lima, A Goofy Movie.
Do you remember the family road trips of old? The ones that were kind of sprung on you while you were just trying to live your life? I mean, come on, parents. Who did you think we were, some sort of person who likes zipping away to remote and dusty locales without a moment’s notice, all in the name of family bonding or some parental nonsense like that?
We had friends we wanted to hang out with! Arcade games we wanted to spend your money on! Knees to scuff and mysterious places to discover and loiter about during the day! We were convinced that spending what we thought were the best years of our lives riding around in our old family sedan with our butthead siblings was the worst thing that ever happened to us!
Suffice it to say, I completely understand what Max was going through in this film. All the kid wanted was to have a relaxing summer vacation with his best pal, P.J., and maybe get to know his crush a little better. Maybe sneak a kiss or two with her, you never know. That is, until Goofy—freaking Goofy!—comes along and throws a monkey wrench into those plans. All this turmoil and anguish just because Max happens to go to a school led by a sadistic maniac of a principal.
Seriously, who threatens the electric chair when talking about a child’s future? That man was unhinged and should not have been let anywhere near children.
Damn it if Goofy isn’t just the most endearing whatever-the-heck-a-Goofy-is, though. Show me someone who’s immune to his endearing, loving, and yeah, I’ll say it, just pain goofy charms and I’ll show you a person with a cold, empty cavern where their heart should be. You can’t help but be won over by him. Is he a little intense? Yeah, and what parent isn’t? He loves his kid and that’s admirable as hell.
This is a blast of a film, even after all these years. If you’re looking for a nostalgia trip, this one is the best place to start.
(Recorded on May 17, 2021)
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