In 1995 (yes 25 years ago), Disney Toons Studios released A Goofy Movie, a theatrical conclusion to the Disney Afternoon Studios series Goof Troop. A Goofy Movie wasn’t a juggernaut or failure at the box office (earning $35 million worldwide) but it was received with mixed reviews from critics. However overtime the film earned cult status with Disney and film fans alike, and even holds a respectable 70% on Rotten Tomatoes audience score.
But how did A Goofy Movie struggle in the 90’s, yet be so popular today?
Disney during the 90’s was not only a powerhouse in animation, they were a powerhouse in film, there dominance is now known today as the Disney Renaissance. A period of time that stretched about ten years, the Disney Renaissance was a golden era of that produced a flawless run of critically acclaimed animated movies like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. In that era Pocahontas was released and debuted the same year as A Goofy Movie. Pocahontas was initially regarded the next Lion King by the Disney Company, so all eyes were on that film in 95, which could’ve been a huge factor in A Goofy Movies’ box office struggle, not to mention it went up against the action hit Bad Boys starring Will Smith, who was Hollywood’s hottest actor at the time.
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Despite the struggle Disney continued to promote, re-release, and even hold special screenings for the film as time went on. The cast still gets together for various conventions and panels across the nation.
So why is A Goofy Movie relevant today? Let’s find out. It’s time for a little history on the film and it’s impact on pop culture, check out our friend Sarah Sterling’s video down below…
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