Disney’s A Goofy Movie is a highly underrated classic that often gets shoved aside in favor of other more well-known Disney Renaissance films. That doesn’t mean it’s not a great movie and a fun, nostalgic watch. Unlike some other Disney films, A Goofy Movie isn’t afraid to sometimes break the fourth wall or make cheeky references to other characters or films in the Disney universe and is chalked full of little Easter eggs that you might have missed.
In honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the first movie in 2020, as well as the recent rerelease of A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie for the first time on Blu-Ray disc, here’s our list of eight things you might have missed while watching A Goofy Movie.
1. References to Goofy’s Old Pals
At the beginning of the movie, we see a Mickey Mouse telephone on Max’s nightstand. Later, when Goofy says he’s taking his best bud on a fishing trip, Max replies, “Donald Duck?” A little later, during the song, “On the Open Road”, we see a brief clip of Mickey and Donald hitchhiking. (This is neither his first, nor last appearance in the film, but more on that later.)
2. The Little Mermaid
In the “Stand Out” scene at the beginning of the film, Max, P.J., and Bobby are backstage readying Max’s performance. It seems like the stage is set up for some kind of pirate play, perhaps a nod to Peter Pan. (You can even see a crocodile in the background!) Either way, the mermaid perched on a rock in the background looks a lot like Ariel, so we’ll call this a reference to The Little Mermaid. Later, when Max and Goofy stop at the Neptune Inn, an underwater sea themed roadside motel, Max plays with a light switch lighting up a wall lamp depicting another red-haired mermaid.
3. A Disneyland/Disney World Reference
Did you notice the Mickey-shaped balloon at the end of the “On the Open Road” number? Neither did we the first few times. Perhaps looking for hidden Mickeys at the parks (and on Kingdom Hearts III) has sharpened our skill at pointing out all things shaped like Mickey.
4. A Familiar Couple
Remember this couple during the “On the Open Road” number? Well it’s not the only time you see them. The man appears at the Powerline concert moving stage equipment, while the woman is backstage in a dressing room. Spoiler: She was wearing a wig!
5. Partying Nuns!
Remember the nuns driving next to Max and Goofy’s car at the beginning of the road trip? Well apparently they were headed to Los Angeles for the Powerline concert, too!
6. A Disney Keychain
Did you notice this Disney keychain on Goofy’s keyring? Disneyception!
Did Powerline ever remind you of anyone, but you couldn’t quite put your finger on it? Turns out Powerline was inspired by the mid-80’s, early 90’s singer sensation Bobby Brown. From the hair to the yellow outfit and dance moves, we can totally see the resemblance.
8. Mickey: Powerline’s Number One Fan
Not only does Mickey make a cameo in the “Open Road” segment, as mentioned above, but he also appears in the crowd during the “Stand Out” scene, as well as at the Powerline concert at the end of the film. Mickey sure does know how to party!
You may have noticed some of these already, but we hope you learned something new from this list of Disney Easter eggs. Until next time!
A Goofy Movie (1995) is available on DVD and Blu-ray video. (paid links)