In 1995 (yes 23 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.
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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