A Goofy Movie remade in live action

Someone explain to us why there are a dozen live action student films recreating the opening sequence from Disney’s A Goofy Movie (1995). This one is by far the best:

(Thanks, Clint Harrison)


  • ben c

    i’m guessing its for a class in college

  • dronon

    I prefer the David Lynch edit.

  • uncle wayne

    that is just fascinating. It actually merited watching it twice!!

  • Tekena

    I didn’t watch it twice, it was good but I’d be embarrassed to. There were more? That’s so weird, why?

  • http://jessicaplummer.blogspot.com Jessica Plummer

    Hey, why not!

    Floating toupée!!!

  • Grimjack

    proof that american storyboarding is weak.

    • Gray64

      Don’t be a boor. There’s storyboarding by American artists that’s excellent, and some that’s crap, and you know it. The storyboarding, particularly in the cheaper-made television productions, is usually more interesting than the finished animation (like Alex Toth’s work on the very first season of Super Friends). All this film is proof of is somebody loved A Goofy Movie and had a lot of time on their hands.

  • Grimjack

    everything is the same size, and full of jump cuts.Whaere are we? What is going on? The Three Stooges has more clear staging.

  • humming

    Isn’t there some law that requires student films to be completely original? That’s what my college’s policies were!

  • http://2dwannabe.blogspot.com robcat2075

    Why? “A Goofy Movie” is quite adored by those who saw it.

    Unlike Disney’s prestige productions of the time, this effort by their 2nd string was completely unpretentious and exceeded expectations in every way.

  • humming

    … commenting twice here, considering,… this is a phenomenal effort! It’s up there with the British Simpsons opening imitation. I like how some of the slapstick translates very well in live-action (a fat girl falling during PE class! LOL), and the compositing and timing is great.

  • http://saturdaymorningcentral.com Tommy

    I’ll admit, as a child of the 80s and 90s, I’ve always loved this movie. However, I celebrate by watching it in my home instead of recreating scenes and posting them on the internet.

    Besides, I’m too busy doing that with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

  • mick

    the effort is massive and it is bang on both with looks and soggy sentiment

    This seems like an elaborate youtube movie of someone miming to a popular song though. But I do enjoy those too when made well

    I am sure they learned some good lessons about how to address problems faced by movie makers so good on them and I hope they apply that to their ‘own’ future works

  • Pedro Nakama

    Hey guys don’t give Disney any ideas!

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    That many people liked the movie? Bleh. Maybe it didn’t hit my demographic. The music was instantly repulsive. I didn’t make it through the title sequence. Animation was nice, though.

  • tim g

    hehehe awesome! :)

  • Chaman

    im starting feeling afraid… there are no such class projects…
    this is the barbarians arrival as predicted

  • Sam Sleiman

    Speaking of A GOOFY MOVIE, Disney has yet to release the film on DVD in its original aspect ratio.

  • Emily

    Hahahahahahaha! That is a wonderfully bizarre phenomenon!

  • Karen

    Goofy Movie is FAR better than it was probably supposed to have been. It’s genuinly emotional, funny, and well crafted. Some great animation, FANTASTIC color (better than Disney main features by a long shot), and very pleasant surprises. Aside from the awful songs, it’s a good, if not great movie.

  • pink elephant on parade

    I was prepared to hate this, but really, it is indeed brilliant.
    And to echo previous sentiments, I wish Disney made more animated films like the Goofy movie. Smaller, simpler, unpretentious and funny. Most of their less lavish films, going back to Dumbo, are the ones people remember most fondly.

  • http://nocturnusstudios.blogspot.com Nick

    I never quite got it myself (being a product of the 90′s) but then again I never really got Chris-Cross or MC Hammer.

    I’m guessing it has to do with nostalgia.

  • tedzey

    Watching this video convinces me how animated films make basis for really good comedies. Give the kid some credit, he had a very small budget! I thought moments in this version were very well put together, and even made me laugh!

  • http://www.lavallelee.com Lavalle Lee

    because goofy movie was awesome! there needs to be another

    hand drawn of coarse :)

  • Really?!?

    It actually showcases how terrible of a movie this was. Course’ I’m pretty positive I’m not the demographic so…

    Still unnervingly bad even for a 3-7 year old demo

  • Mike Russo

    There was another Goofy Movie, but it went straight to video. Nowhere near as good, though.

  • Ryan

    A Goofy Movie will always be in my Top 5 Disney films ever…
    And now this is in my Top 5 YouTube thingies ever.

  • http://www.2719hyperion.com Jeff Pepper

    I think a lot the folks making comments here are missing the point. It was a student film that was likely an incredible learning experience for those involved. On that level it was exceptional and in may way brilliant.

    And for those who feel the need to knee-jerk trash The Goofy Movie–it was both a commercial and critical success in its day. It’s not the slam dunk merit-less film that some of you are making it out to be.

  • dave-o

    hell in a handbasket… hell in a handbasket.

  • Celeste C.

    Whatever anyone has to say about this movie from a professional standpoint…know that this film really hit my age demographic on the nose when it was released. Relatable, funny, inventive, and the music was spot on for its time and audience.

  • Val

    I’ve always wanted to try something like that! They did an amazing job, whether it was for school or just for fun. All that positive energy from the people involved made it fun for me to watch.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    I’m still not sure if this film was part of my demographic or not, since I was nearing my final year in high school when it came out, but I can see how today’s generation have look back with nostalgia pride on this film and for what it was. I personally enjoyed the little moments and the way the film didn’t take itself all that seriously with it’s plot that one could just sit down and spend an afternoon on it and come out with a happy feeling inside afterward.

    Apart from noticing others that have taken a crack at the “After Today” number, one by someone else on YT had the maker stating honestly he never saw the film before (going by just the soundtrack alone), I thought this was a rather neat little approach to it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwQN0q2pe0A

    Also kudos to whomever mentioned the David Lynch vid, such brilliantly edited!

  • DBishop

    I’m was as much of a 90s kid as they come and I always thought of Goofy Movie as one that I secretly loved a lot but that didn’t really get much love elsewhere. It was pretty funny learning that it had something of a following on the net but really what doesn’t ?

    This student film was a pretty cute attempt at recreating that scene. I think that I can thankfully be sure that Disney would never attempt a live-action version of this story though.

  • http://mayberabies.blogspot.com Raven M.

    The heart was apparent in that movie. I think I watched it for the first time in late highschool, but I can’t recollect. Maybe its only because I’ve felt the Max/Goofy dynamic quite strongly with my own mother that I find it memorable… but yeah.. I also agree with Pink Elephant On Parade, in that I really wish there were more animated films that tackled small concepts but REALLY DID THEM WELL. Things don’t have to be so “epic” all the time.

    As for the re-creation itself? I… found it.. strange. XD I didn’t know people cared enough to do something like that for a movie that wasn’t one of Disney’s more celebrated features. Kinda cool.

  • jeff

    This a fine example of how much a small group with little money can do. It is ambitious in scope and actual production given the resource constraints. The successful technical production aside, there is a big issue about not producing an original work. Much as young bands playing covers of established artists, I would consider this a “cover” and more—it is a translation. They have technically converted an idea in one production form, animation, to another, live action.

    However, the essence of the animated Goofy are not addressed or are unsuccessfully translated into live action.

    First, the way live action world was presented is not plausible (internally consistent) in the same way the animated world is plausible—the time shifting in the live action was done only to match the timing of the animation, not because of any of the established cause-and-effect actions and body-solidity in the live action. So, every instance of time shifting in the live action interrupted the believability of the film. This may seem like a quibbling point (and asking a lot from a resource-limited group), but to evaluate and treat the short film as a short film, the film makers should present a unified, plausible (if unreal) world where anything that happens on the screen makes sense for its actors, props, backgrounds, music, SFX, etc. I would not so easily be taken out of the film if there was no time shifting, or you should have the characters time-shifting constantly (not just to match the animation timing).

    Second, when translating anything, say from one language to another, one media (short story) to another (feature film), or from one production form to another, only literally translate as a part of the process and not as the final product—literal translations always miss the mark and, often enough, in unintentionally funny/awful ways. Because the original was created by a specific person to produce a specific effect on a specific audience through a specific medium, the translator needs to figure out what the effect was and then use his chosen medium’s means/elements to evoke the effect from his target audience. The live action film makers may not be able to know what the animated Goofy’s director(s) desired in the audience’s response, but they seem to have been the target audience and likely know what they felt when seeing the animated version. If they are set on doing live action (and not a Mask-like consistent blend of live action/animation), then they need to think about what in live action (means/elements) can evoke the same audience effect as the animated version—this is the real challenge of translation and why it so difficult.

    Again, the live action film makers completed a difficult task few ever complete, but it falls short because they largely translated literally.

    For a surprisingly bad near-literal copy of a feature film, watch the 1998 Gus Van Sant “Psycho”–this is one case where the film maker’s “original” additions were distressingly bad.

  • Rooniman

    It wasn’t bad, it kinda liked it.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    Re:
    “It’s not the slam dunk merit-less film that some of you are making it out to be”

    For people to whom junior high/high school was six years of flaming shit, its most positive aspect the growing number of years that separates then from now, the GOOFY MOVIE scenario is an instant turn-off. I’m sure it has lots of great visual work.

    SOUTH PARK and INVADER ZIM present “kids in school” properly.

  • http://hellohue.blogspot.com Hellohue

    the point about ‘weak american storyboarding’ is a totally unfair one. There are amazing storyboard artists that happen to be american, it also just so happens that whoever directed this film had quite a fondness for the sense of space and relationship with backgrounds that was established during the making of disney shorts in the 40s. Anything else, such as mimicking a more motion-picture-esque sense of space, would not work.

    You can get away with stuff like this in 2D, it’s just the generic backgrounds that are still used in CG features that bothers me. I even got a sense of it in Up at times that there wasn’t a clear enough sense of space as to exactly where the characters were. The worst recent case of it was The Princess and the Frog, with artists bursting with creativity and enthusiasm and being lead by unimaginative and frankly lame directing.

  • http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/ Nina Paley

    I’ve never seen the Goofy Movie, but this re-enactment is amazing. Love the timing, compositing, frame- and angle-matching. Congratulations, students who made this!

  • http://www.joestrike.com Joe Strike

    “First, the way live action world was presented is not plausible (internally consistent) in the same way the animated world is plausible—the time shifting in the live action was done only to match the timing of the animation, not because of any of the established cause-and-effect actions and body-solidity in the live action…” blah blah blah…

    Hey Jeff, you sure know how to take the fun out of things. A live-action remake of this song obeying real-world physical laws would be boring as shit. The whole point of the video was to *re-create* the cartoon in live action, not approximate it.

    Oh, and I was already way an adult when this film came out & I love it. In heart and sheer entertainment value it totally put Pocahontas – Disney’s big-deal prestige release of the same year – in the ground

    And I think the songs were great too.

  • http://www.joestrike.com Joe Strike

    An addendum to my above comment: Kevin Lima, GMovie’s director has since moved onto live-action. In fact the whole premise of his ‘Enchanted,’ bringing cartoon magic – and characters – into the Real World was pretty much identical to what the kid who made this video set out to do.

    The big production number in the middle of ‘Enchanted’ jump-cuts the two stars from location to location as the song progresses non-stop. I suppose you’d object to that too because it could never happen in real life.

  • Makinita

    man i loved it good job guys this was such a good video

  • http://www.slitherandfriends.com Mister Spook

    I always had a soft spot for a Goofy Movie. The fact that Disney tried to engage father/son growing issues instead of another bastardization of the hero’s journey was pretty snazzy. On some level, Goofy’s the perfect Dad too. Well-meaning, but a hopeless embarrassment. I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss it.

    Kind of fun to see if live actors can recreate an animated sequence too.

  • CMB

    Such a great movie, i love the remake, too awesome.

  • Anthony C.

    Funny that there’s more than one of these intros. Heh!

    Loved the Goofy Movie as a kid-I haven’t seen it again since Elementary school days, but I’m delightfully shocked to see how much of it’s influence has gone into my modern day character design, especially the females in this sequence..

    “Ah, that’s where that came from!”

  • http://ryuuseipro.blogspot.com/ John Paul Cassidy

    Having seen this video last month, I am very impressed with it! It was a clever and entertaining reenactment of the opening number from A GOOFY MOVIE (which I enjoyed, although I thought EXTREMELY GOOFY MOVIE was good, too), and the filmmakers did a great job capturing the cartooniness in live-action.

    It’s also a blast listening to the Japanese-language version!

  • http://blackrevolver.com Jisuk C

    What’s with the haters? This is completely awesome!

  • http://www.8thgradenothing.com Jason Dobbins

    I thought Goofy Movie was way too cheesy, mostly due to the music, minus the finale, the “eye 2 eye” song/climax is actually pretty good, and maybe that’s a bit of 90′s music taste (hey, i dig new jack swing-pop kinda stuff. sue me) But I will admit, watching the movie, minus the musical scenes, that the film had a great look/feel and the relationship between Max and Goofy was fantastic.

    Growing up in the 90′s, I’ll admit I disliked Goof-Troop a great deal. For some reason, it felt off to me. I also disliked Tale Spin as well. Ducktales and Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers were awesome. Ironically, now days on reruns, I cannot watch Rescue Rangers to save my life, it’s just… minus the pilot, awful and I love Talespin. I’ve not watched Goof Troop, and I bet I’d have more appreciation for it now. (btw Ducktales holds out really well despite the 80′s cheese tucked away)

    I do remember that in it’s hey-day, everyone loved Goofy. Back when I wished there was more Donald Duck or Daffy Duck, the big cartoon retro characters were Tweety, Taz, and Goofy. So my generation and younger thought that film was the bee’s knees. So i can see why this is a new thing to do. Kinda like star wars fan films.

  • Rebecca

    I saw A Goofy Movie when I was 7 years-old, I loved it then, love it now, will forever love it. This re-enactment made my day!!! I loved how they even had the out-of-shape girl fall over (and in a fat suit!) Amazing!

  • Clint

    This is an awesome because they stuck to cartoon physics. That’s what makes cartoons unique and funny and they can do things we can’t.

    I love the Airbender series and a recent article says they aren’t making it as funny because humans can’t act like cartoons. Apparently, these kids prove M. Night Shyamalan wrong.

  • http://www.brandoncordy.com Brandon C.

    That was absolutely great. And maybe I’m biased because I was in middle school when this movie came out AND I can more than relate to Max’s situations in the film, but I loved “A Goofy Movie”. Joe Strike is correct in pointing out that it was far and away better than “Pocahontas”, despite being made on a much smaller budget.

    What with Max being enamored with the Bobby Brown/Michael Jackson hybrid “Powerline,” voiced by Tevin Campbell, my friends and I used to joke that “A Goofy Movie” was the closest to a Black Disney film that we were going to get to try to relate to.

  • http://buddyboy600alt.livejournal.com/ Jonathan Lhota

    No way, Hozay. I am going to bet that Ebert and Roper is going to give this film a thumbs down. Unless we can have Max Goof in CGI.