In the history of Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Animation, there are a number of films that are universally viewed as classics. However, one of the most unique in the history of Disney has to be A Goofy Movie. Goofy is the only member of the Disney "Big 5 (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto) to get his own theatrical animated film. But A Goofy Movie is also unique in a number of other ways. Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy for more than three decades, thinks that uniqueness is why the movie has remained so popular even 25 years later.
A Goofy Movie was a theatrical follow-up to the animated series Goof Troop, which was itself one-of-a-kind as it portrayed Goofy as a father. Taking place a few years after the end of the series, in the film, Goofy's son Max is now a teenager, and the two go on a fishing trip together. Goofy wants to bond with his son, but Max only wants to live his own life. It's a surprisingly mature conflict for a character whose primary focus for decades had been slapstick comedy. I recently had a chance to speak with Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy, ahead of the debut of his Disney+ series, It's a Dog's Life, and he thinks that the relationship between Goofy and Max is something a lot of people could relate to 25 years ago, and still can today. According to Farmer...
If you were a kid when A Goofy Movie hit theaters, then there's a good chance you understood the perspective of Max, the teen who just wanted his family to leave him alone and let him spend time with his friends. 25 years later, you might find yourself in the position of the parent with a young kid of your own. Now Goofy's desire to spend quality time with his child resonates just as much.
The film was only a relative box office success and the critical response was equally lukewarm. However, after the movie was released on home video, it began to see an audience grow around and it ultimately achieved a cult classic status. The movie's fictional musical act Powerline has some legit fans. In celebration of the film's 25th anniversary, Disney musical act DCapella even recorded a version of one of the movie's signature tunes.
A Goofy Movie means a lot to a lot of people. Bill Farmer himself is one of them. He's voiced Goofy more than 3,000 times in the last three decades. When I asked him if any single performance stood out, he instantly thought of A Goofy Movie, saying...
And now, with Disney+ in the world, anybody of any age can check out A Goofy Movie whether they've ever seen it before or not. More than likely this will keep the movie's popularity going as new generations, and those that simply missed it the first time around, get introduced to it.
A Goofy Movie, may be one of Bill Farmer's best Goofy performances, but he's got plenty more where that came from. It's a Dog's Life with Bill Farmer debuts on Disney+ on May 15. It sees the voice actor traveling the country to meet real life dogs and see the many jobs the canines do. Farmer also teased a new Goofy related project that he's working on for Disney, that has yet to be revealed. He also teased me with an as yet unannounced project that will see farmer voice Goofy once again.
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