(The Disneycember logo is shown, before showing clips from An Extremely Goofy Movie. The poster for the first film, A Goofy Movie, is also shown briefly)
Doug (vo): Well, after a film as 90s as A Goofy Movie, we can go even more 90s-ees-er, with An Extremely Goofy Movie. Yep, because everything in the 90s was EXTREME! Actually, I'm surprised they didn't spell this with an X because, well, we'll get to that in a minute. I guess, in a sense, this is exactly what I think of when I hear direct-to-DVD sequels or, at least, what I thought they were gonna be before they started doing the big popular movies. Goofy Movie was a modest success, and it did pretty well on VHS, so it kind of figured to do a direct-to-DVD movie. That's just kind of what they did back then. And honestly, you'd get what you'd expect a movie like this would offer.
Doug (vo): It opens with Max and his friends getting ready to go off to college. Goofy once again is having a hard time as a loving parent letting go of his kid. To its credit, while it is cramming a lot of the "cool" stuff at the time in your face, it does take some time to actually be a little emotionally considerate. But things go south when Goofy is fired from his job and has to find another one. He's told that the majority of jobs require college degrees nowadays, so enter exactly what you think is gonna happen: Goofy goes to college with Max. And enter pretty much every other thing you think is gonna happen: Max enters a competitive sport, there's a bully that makes fun of him, they're [the bully and his team] preppy cheaters who make fun of the fact that his father is there, who, of course, makes things worse, Max is embarrassed, their relationship is pulled apart again, and, of course, it ends with some sort of big sports event.
Doug (vo): Oh, did I say "some" sort of event, like I forgot what it was? No, no. I remember. You couldn't forget for the life of you. It's the X-Games. Because they pound it the hell into you. It's beyond obvious that Disney owns ESPN, because they plaster that everywhere, too. Max's whole goal in this thing is to enter the X-Games and win it. It's so weird to see that logo without some sort of parody or satire in there. But, no. It's all just one obvious commercial. It's...really weird.
(Several clips, mostly focusing on the villain, Bradley Uppercrust III, and Goofy's relationship with Sylvia, are shown)
Doug (vo): So, okay, the story's about as recycled as it can get. Is there anything good in it? Yeah, there's a couple things. Like I said, there's one or two emotional moments that are brief, but effective. I feel like the animation is trying to be funnier than it's allowed. Like the bully character. He's animated funny, he's voiced by a funny voice actor (Jeff Bennett), but he's just not given any dialogue or scenes that are very funny. But at the same time, look at him. You kind of want to laugh at him a little bit. Goofy also starts a bit of a romance with this librarian, who's also a little quirky and awkward. And again, look at how she's animated. You do kind of want to laugh at her. But the key word is "want", as in, they want you to laugh, they want to get a reaction out of you, but there's just not that much substance there.
(A scene showing the characters hanging out at a coffee bar is shown)
Doug (vo): Some scenes I don't even get, like Max and the bullies are in this beatnik coffee house, which...do those even exist anymore? I mean, I know there's coffee houses, but come on. These people look like they're out of the 50s, not the 90s...and they all start snapping. That, for some reason, scares the bullies away. I don't get it! This whole movie feels like a really good joke being set up, but for whatever reason, we never quite get the punchline. It kind of holds back and never becomes anything, and just sort of falls into that mesh of typical college movies, except now for kids. Hell, did this inspire (Poster of...) Monsters U.? Oh, I'm so thankful for that. I don't think these are as entertaining as Disney thinks they are. It just kind of feels like opportunities that are never fully taken advantage of.
(Several clips from the first film, focusing on Roxanne, are shown)
Doug (vo): And speaking of which, I'm just gonna say it: I miss Roxanne! I mean, I know, high school, going to different colleges, puppy love, separation, all that stuff, but I'm sorry. They were a really cute couple! Couldn't the movie have been about that, maybe about them breaking up or deciding whether or not they wanted to stay together or going to different schools? You know? Actual interesting stuff? Stuff that some kids may need to know when going to college?
Final thought Edit
Doug (vo): But, nope. It's all about being the sports star and trying not to be embarrassed by your wacky parents. (Sighs) I'd see this only if you're a die-hard Goof Troop fan or, I don't know, an example of a movie trying to save itself despite a bad script. But if none of that interests you, it's exactly what you think a direct-to-DVD movie's gonna be. Take it for what it's worth and see the X-Games yourself...I mean, Extremely Goofy Movie yourself. (Sighs in annoyance) Stupid tie-in!
(The final scene of the movie, showing Goofy and his love interest Sylvia driving off into the sunset, is shown)