Goof Troop well may be Disney’s most relatable TV show. We’ve all been a child, a parent, or both, and this animated series explored what it’s like to be all of them.
Starring one of Disney’s most iconic stars, Goofy, Goof Troop focused on this life as a single father to pre-teen Max, and the pitfalls of parenting.
Goof Troop took the concept further, looking deeper into father-son relationships while staying true to the character of Goofy.
This is evident in the first episode, Everything’s Coming Up Goofy, where the title character decides to move himself and Max back to his hometown of Spoonerville (named after background artist Michael J. Spooner).
Of course, the episode is filled with comical, “Goofy”-esque moments, such as his car careening out of control down a mountain road, as he attempts to get control of it. There are other pleasant, well-written comical moments, such as with best friend Pete, who finds himself on the verge of a nervous breakdown with Goofy first living in his house and then moving next door.
In the satirical (and very ‘90’s) Wrecks, Lies, and Videotape, Goofy and Pete compete for a prize on the TV show “America’s Most Painful Home Videos,” where, at one point, he tries to take advantage of Goofy’s, well, “goofiness,” and capture it on camera.
Then, there’s the fantastical, Great Egg-spectations, where Max finds an egg and, when it hatches, a dinosaur emerges (who looks suspiciously like Elliot from Pete’s Dragon).
And through each episode, Goof Troop also looked to shed light on not just parent-child relationships but also those with best friends, neighbors, and the community.
The cast of Goof Troop includes the legendary Bill Farmer as Goofy. Farmer, at this point, had been voicing the character since 1987 and brought so much to the personality, as he still does today. Actress Dana Hill, who played “Audrey Griswold” in 1985’s sequel, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, voiced Max.
The supporting characters in Goof Troop were brought to life by a “who’s who” of voice acting icons: Jim Cummings as Pete, April Winchell as his wife Peg, Rob Paulsen as their son Pete, Jr., and Nancy Cartwright as sister Pistol. Additionally, Frank Welker provided the voices of Waffles, Goofy’s cat, and Chainsaw, Pete’s Dog.
The show’s look was in the comforting style of classic Disney shorts, and the catchy theme song became one an entire generation now knows by heart.
Goofy made his earliest appearance as a laughing proto “Dippy Dawg”, an audience member, in the 1932 short Mickey’s Revue. That makes this a Happy 90th Birthday to the Goof himself. His series, Goof Troop, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, running for two seasons from 1992-1993, on The Disney Channel, in syndication, and ABC.
The series was so popular it eventually inspired two full-length features. First, the 1995 theatrical, A Goofy Movie, which, like the show itself, is held close to the hearts of its fans. The movie’s tagline sums up Goof Troop and why it continues to be popular: “It’s hard to be cool when your Dad is Goofy.” An equally beloved sequel, An Extremely Goofy Movie was released direct-to-video in 2000.