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An Extremely Goofy Movie

review by Zach B.

 

Rated G

Studio: Disney

With the voices of Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden, Bebe Neuwirth, Rob Paulsen, Pauly Shore

Running Time: 76 Minutes

Written by Hillary Carlip and Scott Gorden

Directed by Douglas McCarthy and Ian Harrowell

 

Retail Price: 29.99

Features: "Kids Goofiest Jokes" Bonus Program, "An Extremely Goofy Movie" Interactive Trivia Game, "Me And My Dad" Interactive Read-Along, Cleopatra's "Right Back Where We Started From" Music Video. DVD-ROM: Magic Artist Studio Demo, Weblinks

Specs: 1.66:1 Widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround English, English Captions, Chapter Search

Back in 1995, Disney released "A Goofy Movie", a musical adventure which took Goofy, a single dad with a son Max on a road trip. It wasn't one of those big monster animated pictures they hype up, but a modest film venture which was animated in their France studio. The film did pretty well, and was also based on their cartoon series "Goof Troop".

It would only make sense for Disney to do another Goofy Movie, directly to video of course. The result is "An Extremely Goofy Movie", which, I must say, is a lot better than most direct to video sequels. It also breaks the mold of sorts by having no songs sung by any of the characters.

The sequel has Goofy's son, Max, going off to college. Max can't wait to get away from his dad, and thinks it's going to be the best without him. Goofy, being a good father he is, terribly misses his son after he leaves, and in spite of this, screws up at the toy factory he works at (wasn't he a baby photographer in the first one?) and realizes the only way to get a decent job is complete his last year of college (Goofy was a drop-out!). Goofy goes to the same college Max is at, and trouble ensues. Max is also trying to make it into the ESPN XGames, but a faternity sees that he doesn't, as well as putting father against son.

I mentioned this sequel is better than most direct to video ones, and here's why: the animation is a lot more solid than usual and looks better, and the story works. The characters are well developed, and the whole college background is a nice setting. The film also has heart and a good message for the younger ones about family. If you enjoyed the first movie, you're sure to enjoy this one too.

 

The 1.66:1 widescreen presentation is nice. I'm glad Disney presented the film this way on DVD, and not in full frame. Colors are nice, but there is some slight smear at times. There is also the bright tone to the film, everything looks just shines brightly, and it does get annoying at points. There is also some slight pixelation and compression problems Still, no artifacts are to be found and it looks pretty splendid.

I was pretty surprised to see a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround mix here. Surrounds are at a mininum, but when they're used, they're pretty average. I said this movie is not really a musical, but there is some music at points, and the channels to liven up a bit. Not to full force. It could have been a better mix, but pretty decent for a direct to video feature.

The extras on the disc are pure kids stuff, but what we have here is a nice amount of supplements for a direct to video feature.

First off, there is the short but punny Kids' Goofiest Jokes. For a little chuckle or forced laughter, this is for you. Still, if you have young children, they're sure to enjoy it.

There is an Interactive Trivia Game, which features some sound. At tops, you may go through this twice. Basically a one time only thing.

Next, and also for the kids, is the storybook read along Me And My Dad. You can have Max himself (Jason Marsden) read it to you, or you can read it yourself and flip through the pages. Pretty nice, and I think this is a real book which can be found in bookstores.

The teen trio Cleopatra (ugh) has a music video to see entitled "Right Back Where We Started From". It's okay, I guess, but pretty much pushing for the soundtrack you can get.

Rounding off the disc are some DVD-ROM features which include Weblinks and a demo of the Disney program, Magic Artist.

For 29.99, this is slightly a rip. If you can get the disc cheap, and either liked the first one or really want to own the sequel (maybe you should rent first), or for your kids, you should get it. The sound is decent, and the video is excellent. The features, though aimed for children, are pretty nice, though come up a bit short.

 

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