During the anniversary celebration, writer Jymn Magon said that he had been working on the film “pretty much alone for months and months,” often forgetting how much the script had evolved from the original outlines and drafts. “I was shocked to find out that we had Goofy take Max to a family reunion where we have nothing but Goofy people, you know, all in one place,” he said. “We had another subplot where Max thinks he’s going to Paco’s Water Park, and just when they’re about to get there Goofy turns left and goes into the Possum Park instead.” Magon credited director Kevin Lima and his writing team for helping to shape the final script.
Writer Brian Pimental chimed in to mention that there were additional characters that were supposed to be included in the film, including a guy named Chad who would have been voiced by Joey Lawrence and posed a threat to Max’s relationship with Roxanne. Lima noted that the blonde-haired character can still be seen in the number “After Today,” and again after the number while making out with a girl named Lisa (Julie Brown) against a fence. “Crazy what we got away with,” he joked. Comedian Judy Tenuta was also brought in to play a receptionist, but sadly the hilarious performance wasn’t used.
While the Chad v. Max storyline would have felt more in line with a typical coming-of-age story, “A Goofy Movie” is ultimately better because it’s about Max’s personal journey of self-discovery, and how he learns to better relate to his lovable albeit goofy dad. Plus, no offense to Joey Lawrence, but a well-placed “Whoa” wouldn’t stand a chance against the musical stylings of “I2I.”