My Love Affair with “A Goofy Movie”
I was at the Memorial Mall in Sheboygan, WI with my Dad and my then 2 year old daughter- it was 1995. We were shopping at one of the Video Stores and came across “A Goofy Movie” which just came out on VHS. My Dad bought it for my family and I was so excited – Goofy had always been my favorite character. And so we watched it, over and over again, and it became a family favorite over the last two decades. Every song memorized, every line still laughed at.
It would be in 2019 that I would get the next “Goofy Movie” fix when I headed to MegaCon and a young gentleman came as “Powerline.” If you don’t know who that is, it’s the singer in the film that Goofy and his son, Max, wind up seeing in Concert. Honestly, I have danced to “Eye to Eye” many a time when no one is looking. Check out the YouTube videos that people have done of it, they are excellent!
Next to the American Adventure located in Epcot in Walt Disney World lies a small alley way where the Celebrities come in and out of for their Concerts….(See Richard Marx). But it’s also used as a training area for new Cast Members earning their ears as “friends” of the Characters. It would be here I found Max one day by chance, and I was so excited because he isn’t one that’s out a lot. It was a good day.
Then a friend of my site reached out and told me that she KNEW Kevin Lima. Who is Kevin Lima? Well, he THE Director of “The Goofy Movie”…. In fact, it was his FIRST! He also went on to direct Tarzan (another family favorite and another tie I have to Kevin), 102 Dalmatians and ENCHANTED!!! Who doesn’t love Enchanted?!? I mean he worked with AMY ADAMS!! How COOL is that? Then to make it even cooler, he is married to Brenda Chapman who co-directed Prince of Egypt, Brave, and headed the story of The Lion King. So basically this duo is a Disney dream team come true! …..Kevin also voiced “Lester” from “Lester’s Possum Park.”
So during my Midwest travels, I received an amazing package from Mr. Lima. He wrote me a note on “Enchanted” stationary and DREW me a pic of Goofy and Max together…I was dumbstruck!!!! I was so touched by this gift and that he took the time for some nobody like me, it was just so cool.
Goofy and Max were in the Christmas parade this past year at Magic Kingdom, and every time I saw them I thought of the drawing. Thank you to Kevin and my dear friend who connected me to him…I will forever enjoy it.
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