Goof Troop

Common Sense Media says

Entertaining 'toon feels like an animated sitcom.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Offbeat family dynamics. The son is more mature than his father, a wife browbeats her husband, a father pretends to be a serial killer to frighten his child, etc.

Violence & scariness

Weapons and fighting aren't central elements of the show, but characters scuffle and fight, and weapons may appear and be fired in some episodes (particularly when one military uncle appears). But they're not fire at other characters -- they're usually set off as a result of a mistake by Goofy.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cartoon isn't out to teach young viewers lessons -- it's strictly entertainment. With Goofy for a father, son Max finds himself in the position of providing most of the duo's maturity (or at least common sense), although Goofy usually proves to have some wisdom or luck on his side. Occasional cartoon weapons/fights, though they're infrequent and always played for laughs.

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What's the story?

At some point in the '50s, Disney created a few shorts starring Goofy and his mischievous son -- which they later mined to create GOOF TROOP, in which single parent Goofy (voiced by Bill Farmer) raises son Max (Dana Hill) in the suburbs of Spoonerville. While the original cartoons featured Goofy's desperate and inept -- but always successful -- attempts to rescue his boy from various dangers in classic cartoon style, Goof Troop is more of a cartoon sitcom: Think Home Improvement with more skateboarding. Goofy and Max live next to Goofy's high school buddy Pete (a defanged version of the original Goofy's recurring enemy, voiced here by Rob Paulsen).

Is it any good?


Goof Troop is reasonably funny. In its own way, it's an example of how much fun being animated can add to an otherwise ordinary sitcom set -- the suspension of disbelief is built in, so that millionaires can have gold shoes and uncles can commandeer retired tanks. The plots are original and veer off into the wildly creative often enough to be interesting for adults who sit down to watch, too (although the motivations provided for the characters -- selling more RVs, clearing a reputation -- may be confusing for younger kids).

All of that said, don't expect any concrete lessons here; Goof Troop is all about entertainment, not education.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the Goofy character in this show -- with a son and a life in the suburbs -- compares to the original Goofy of Disney's early cartoon shorts. How is he similar and different? Which do you like better (and why)? Why do you think they decided to make the show about Goofy, rather than create a brand-new character?

TV details

Cast:Bill Farmer, Jim Cummings
Network:Toon Disney
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 9 years old October 26, 2010

Goof Troop

Yep This Show Brings Memories.Its Like The Extremely Goofy Movie And Goofy Movie.Nice Sitcom For Younglings.Not Much To Say About This Show.4+ Can Work


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