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Imagine if you had a six-foot tall monster-like pal to help you through the rough times when you were a kid! Willy (Matthew Knight) is terrified about moving into the family s new house. He is convinced it is filled with evil space aliens out to get him. In response to his longing for someone to save him, Gooby (voiced by Robbie Coltrane, Harry Potters Hagrid) comes to life as a big, lovable, scruffy creature who quite possibly may be more frightened of the world than Willy. The two new pals embark on hair-raising adventures and learn about courage and the power of friendship all the while with Eugene Levy (Night at the Museum) on their trail. In the end, Gooby fulfills Willy s wish by bringing Willy and his dad (David James Elliott, JAG) together in a heart-warming and exciting climax.
Entertaining for kids … bighearted and filled with inspirational messages about friendship, hope and the importance of family which everyone, young and old, can appreciate. --NYCMovieGuru.com
5 DOVES. Highest Rating. This is truly a movie for the entire family. --The DOVE Foundation
Gooby is a perfect family film that will have you laughing, smiling and even crying a little along the way. I can t recommend this film enough. Being a parent myself, I found Gooby to be a touching film with loads of fun and some important lessons learned...Well done --VideoViews.org
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If in could I would give it 7 stars!
My 8 year old says it's only worth 5.
I'm an adult, and as other adults may know sometimes watching shows with your kids is torture. This was pretty awful, but it had a message and the kids liked it.
While our childhood selves may have sought more conventional methods (therapy or rubbing some dirt on it spring immediately to mind,) our "imaginative" protagonist prays to a magical amulet he has for some reason and it turns Gooby, a teddy bear he'd abandoned at his childhood home, into a furry with a Scottish accent who hunts him down and wants to be his new pal.
The amulet, like the British nanny/housekeeper, is never explained or mentioned again. Willy and the rest of the cast not only fail to mistake Gooby for a man in a bear suit and have him arrested, but are for some reason perfectly cool living in a universe where teddy bears come to life, requiring zero explanation or time for adjustment. That's right; I said the rest of the cast, because unlike Calvin and Hobbes or even Drop Dead Fred, Gooby operates in the communal reality, one in which people are either oblivious to a 6'2 man in a terrifying fursuit, or are perfectly cool with his hanging out with a young, impressionable, and arguably delusional child.
Let me say that again. An amulet turns a kid's stuffed bear into the mascot of a terrifying Chuckie Cheese ripoff and the only person who cares is Eugene Levy, the Ferris Bueller-esque teacher who dedicates his time to busting up Gooby and Willy's heartwarming monkeyshines by taking pictures of them in an effort to get famous (I guess in their world, furries are rarer than Bigfoot.)
The sad thing is that this could have been a good film. If you properly explained the amulet's powers and limitations, made it central to the plot, handed Eugene Levy some good lines (and a purpose in the plot,) worked a bit more on the pacing, focused a bit more on the family dynamics prior to the third act, and either made the 6' talking bear either purely imaginary, or had people react a bit more naturally towards him, this could have been a spiritual successor to Calvin and Hobbes (or at least Mannequin.) As it was, this was family-friendly cheese on the level of Santa Clause Conquers the Martians or Killer Klowns from Outer Space ( Gooby's character design may have been more appropriate to either.)