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Disney / Buena Vista | 1995 | 78 minutes | G rated | 23 Apr 2019
A wacky movie
Max Goof’s embarrassing father Goofy takes him on a trip across the country on a fishing vacation in Lake Destiny, Idaho. Goofy went to the same place with his father when he was Max’s age. This vacation is Max’s worst nightmare, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time – his original plan was to escort his dream date Roxanne to her friend Stacey’s holiday party to attend a Powerline concert in Los Big Screen TV. But Goofy refuses to let Max spend the holidays, so Max has no choice but to cancel the date with Roxanne.
To know more about A wacky movie and the Blu-ray version of A Goofy Movie, see A Goofy Movie Blu-ray Review published by Martin Liebman on March 15, 2021 where this Blu-ray version marked 2.5 out of 5.
Director: Kevin Lima
Screenwriters: Chris Matheson, Brian Pimental, Jymn magon, Curtis armstrong, John dooolittle
With: Bill Farmer, Jason marsden, Jim cummings, Kellie martin, Pauly Rive, Wallace shawn
Producers: Leslie Hough, Patrick reagan, Dan Ronds, Michel serrian, Will wagoner
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A wacky movie Blu-ray review
Reviewed by Martin Liebman, March 15, 2021
the years 1995 A wacky movie could be considered on the “second level” of Disney animation, its release sandwiched between much more visible projects like that of 1994 The Lion King and 1995 Pocahontas. Even though the film features one of the studio’s most iconic characters whose screen time dates back to the 1930s, A wacky movie efforts to mix up the classic “Goofy”, well, stupidity with modern rhythms and contemporary characters around him. It’s a perfectly enjoyable diversion, perhaps not a bastion of originality but certainly with enough creative energy (and music) to provide perfectly passable family entertainment.
It’s the last day of school and Goofy’s son (voiced by Bill Farmer) Max (voiced by Jason Marsden) couldn’t be more excited. Like most of his classmates, he plans to laze around all summer, much to his principal’s disappointment (voiced by Wallace Shawn). But Max also has other plans. He’s eager to seduce the prettiest girl in his class, Roxanne (Kellie Martin), and grabs her attention when he interrupts an end-of-school reunion. He’s in big trouble – the director thinks it might even justify the death penalty – so Goofy does what any father would: load Max into the car for a father-son jaunt. Max is not at all happy. Roxanne had just agreed to go to a party with him. He preferred to be with her, but dad preferred to be with Max. It’s gone, physically in the same direction but emotionally at opposite ends of the spectrum. Can father and son bond on the road or will Max’s attitude ruin everything, including, even, his chances with Roxanne?
The film follows parallel stories of shattered dreams. In light of the father-son bond, a father’s heart is broken when his son rebels against the very concept of time spent together, with his son preferring to chart his own path, not the one his father and grandfather have. followed years ago. Max’s heart is broken because his Roxanne dream was within his grasp, but his father essentially took it out of his grasp. To say the two are not on the same page would be an understatement. They don’t speak the other’s language. The film asks audiences to engage emotionally in a simple but useful story, which exists amid high intensity music, humorous asides and animated renders. It works pretty well, perhaps struggling to find the perfect balance between its elements, but doing well at painting a full, albeit not alive, portrait of life’s ups and downs through familiar themes in unconventional ways.
A Goofy Blu-ray movie, video quality
A wacky movieThe 1080p Blu-ray picture quality is quite good. Blu-ray retains a fine-grained, uniform and flattering structure, which gives a pleasant cinematic flavor to the presentation. It is noticeably sharp in all areas. The lines are crisp and the lively details hold up, especially in the wooded areas where dad and son will be camping, but also around school offices and through all the mess in Goofy’s house as seen. in the first few minutes. The character models are also well detailed, crisp, and real in motion, perhaps more so than even the static backgrounds from shot to shot. Color grading is a highlight, the image is vivid and well saturated with no appreciable fading. The tones are appropriately bold with a pleasant neutral contrast across the film’s diverse spectrum, whether it’s sunny exteriors or low-light interiors and everywhere in between. The black levels are solid. There are no examples of print deterioration and encoding problems are virtually non-existent. Disney has done absolutely well with this hidden gem of a transfer.
A Goofy Blu-ray movie, audio quality
Dolby Digital 2.0 lossy soundtrack may lack a stage presence, but it doesn’t necessarily want something bigger; it takes almost full advantage of the limited arsenal available to it. The fundamental qualities of fidelity and spacing are satisfied by the track but they are not demanding in the excellence of the presentation but perhaps demanding up to the limits allowed by the encoding. There is a lot of width at the front as music flows freely through the two front speakers. The clarity satisfies, a positive point for a track of this configuration and in particular for a film with musical vocation which lives and dies by the song in so many scenes. The track is always dynamic and alive, never hesitates to engage as much as it can and where it should for maximum impact, again within its meager limits. And it doesn’t just start and end with the music. There’s a nice feel to the rain falling and the lingering thunder rolling in chapter eight. While this is nothing beyond the call of duty, the very competent, spaced and detailed presentation, especially in this setup, is to be commended. There are numerous examples of the expressive nature of the trail throughout. It frequently overcomes its real and perceived limitations to present the best possible audio presentation in this encoding. It’s still not to excuse the lack of lossless encoding (or even 5.1 lossy encoding) but that the track is quite good in delivery as is, which should be a relief to fans. Finally, the dialogues are clear and the images well in the foreground of the scene.
Goofy Movie Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
A wacky movie does and does not live up to its nickname. There is indeed “Goofy” but it is not quite that clumsy a sin crazy
and idiot as it could have been. The movie is a nice diversion with a decent storyline, a mix of familiar character-based and modern-world humor, and a passable storyline. It’s not the ultimate in family fun, but it’s a perfect time killer for the whole family. Disney’s Blu-ray, which is currently only available through its online membership club, is without features but includes very powerful 1080p video and a two-channel lossy soundtrack which is about as good. that this coding allows. Recommended.
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