|Category||Animation||Game - Trivia
|Running Time||75:44 minutes|
|Start Up||Language Selection, then Menu|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384
French (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384 Kb/s)
Arabic (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
Greek (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384 Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.66:1|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||?1.66:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, during credits|
In what could only be described as a rather loose sequel to A Goofy Movie, the suffering son of Goofy, Max has attained the status of college freshman and is heading off to State University with three things on his mind: getting away from his father, getting away from his father and .... the College X-Games. So Max and his buddies PJ and Bobby head off to college with high hopes of escaping their families and wresting the X-Games Championship away from the all conquering Gamma team led by Bradley Uppercrust III. Max is soon drawing all the raves on his skateboard and gets an invite to join the Gammas, but things start to go awry. Back at home, Goofy is so lost without son Max that he loses his job. Blessed with few skills and no college degree, and with very slim job prospects, he does the only thing possible - heads back to college to get his degree. And guess which college he heads to? So there is poor old Max enjoying the adulation of his peers when who should rock up to destroy his college heaven but dear old dad? Faster than Goofy can say "yuck, yuck, yuck" Max's rep starts sliding faster than a Jamaican bobsled team on ice. And when Goofy inadvertently falls foul of Max's skateboard and puts on an unintended display the likes of which no one has seen before, Max rapidly becomes the son of Goofy. Goofy gets co-opted onto the Gamma team on the strength of that display, but gives it all up for love and his son - the former when he meets the sexy vixen of a librarian, Sylvia Marpole. After a slight hiccup, Goofy goes onto fame, fortune and a college degree whilst also aiding Max in his quest for X-Games glory, as well as in true Disney fashion also getting the girl.
This is actually a quite decent story given the direct-to-video status of the film. Sure it will not be confused with something from the pen of Chaucer or Dickens, but sometimes you've just got to have that mindless piece of fun. Taken in the right spirit, this ends up being a pretty decent and reasonably entertaining piece of work. Nicely animated, and reasonably taut in direction, there are plenty of worse direct-to-video efforts out there.
Personally I think this is a better overall film than the original A Goofy Movie, and certainly worthy of consideration if you need to keep the kids amused after weeks of the summer holidays have taken their toll.
Basically this is pretty much a perfect transfer - nice and sharp throughout without being too sharp, nicely detailed throughout without any slight loss anywhere to dampen the quality on offer and as clear as crystal. Overall, very nice indeed without any blemishes in the way of grain or low level noise to mar the proceedings.
Well it is an animated feature aimed squarely at a younger market, so we do get plenty of bright colours in a surprisingly nice looking transfer. Whilst lacking the absolute depth of colour and certainly lacking just a little in the vibrancy stakes, the overall result is a nicely matte feel that is quite easy on the eye. Nothing in the way of oversaturation or colour bleed raises any issue here.
There did not appear to be any MPEG artefacts in
the transfer, and there was a noticeable dearth of film-to-video artefacts
here as well. There might have been the odd speck here and there but that
would have been the extent of the film artefacts on offer - and they were
certainly not in the slightest bit distracting to the film.
The dialogue was nice and bright, and very easy to understand. There did not appear to be any significant audio sync problems at all, given that this is an animated effort that is blessed with all sorts of "sync" issues.
The original music score comes from Steve Bartek and is very much in the music-score-by-the-numbers category. Nothing memorable but with enough spark in it to raise it above the average category. Some of the throwbacks to the disco age are worth the price of the DVD alone though.
I have to say that the soundtrack was overall just
a tad disappointing. Whilst there is nothing really wrong with what we
have been given, I really would have thought that such a recent film would
have been a little more dynamic, especially in the surround channels. To
be honest I felt the soundtrack was just a little flat. I was sort of expecting
a bit more action out of the rear channels and a slightly better front
soundscape. Still, it is very clear and certainly the bass channel comes
to the party well, when it was required to anyway.
|Surround Channel Use|
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
12th January 2001
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 80cm. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in|
|Amplification||Yamaha RXV-795. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|