I haven't written an entry in a minute. There's a good reason why. My dad died unexpectedly from a heart attack a few weeks ago. He lived alone and I found him the night before Father's Day.
Yes, really. It's been rough.
This blog probably wouldn't exist without Dad. He always loved my writing (and who can blame him?), but more importantly he loved movies. He went every chance he got. If it was in theaters, he'd seen it and probably more than once. If you're wondering how and why I love movies, you don't need to look any further than James Addison Beeby, Jr. (1945-2023).
He had a lot of favorites: Star Wars, Wonder Woman, Avatar. I could come up with a pairing for one of them to remember him by and maybe I will one day, but if I'm going to pay tribute to my father, it has to be "A Goofy Movie."
Why "A Goofy Movie?"
One day, when I was a kid, I was frustrated with Dad. I don't remember why. I was eight, so I doubt I had good cause. We argued. Rather than punish me, which I would've super deserved, Dad took me to the movies instead. I think we already had the tickets. We saw "A Goofy Movie."
For those not familiar, the film is about an oaf of a father and his jerk of a son learning how to live with each other. Even my tiny, pre-pubescent mind caught the similarities. (I grew up and improved. Dad… did his best.)
Afterwards, Dad told me if something was ever as important to me as the Powerline concert was to Maximilian "Max" Goof, he'd get it done. And I believed him. So, Dad, this one's for you. We didn't always see eye to eye but you meant well, you supported me, and I miss you.
For "A Goofy Movie," the best wine is a Veneto Prosecco, like Albino Armani's Prosecco.
"A Goofy Movie" follows Goofy and his teenage son Max on a cross-country road trip. Directed by Kevin Lima, the film has catchy songs, vibrant animation, and a surprisingly deep narrative about familial relationships and understanding.
The plot centers around the father-son dynamic between Goofy and Max. As Max tries to navigate the usual trials of adolescence – friendships, crushes, and asserting his individuality – Goofy, in turn, grapples with his role as a single father trying to understand his increasingly independent son. Their relationship feels genuine, with Max's embarrassment of his dad and Goofy's well-meaning attempts to bond with his son resonating with many viewers. Both characters brim with humor, warmth, and personality.
The music is lively and memorable, including "Stand Out" and "I2I," both performed by Tevin Campbell. They capture the film's 90s-era charm while driving the narrative forward and expressing the characters' emotions and ambitions.
Veneto is well recognized for its quality Prosecco wines, made primarily from the Glera grape.
Albino Armani's Prosecco offers a lively bouquet of green apple, pear, and citrus. On the palate, Albino Armani Prosecco is light-bodied, crisp, and refreshing. The vibrant fruit flavors carry through from the nose, alongside a creamy effervescence. The finish is clean and satisfying, with the fruity notes lingering pleasantly.
Why They Pair Well
Both "A Goofy Movie" and Prosecco offer fun and enjoyment. The movie's comedic scenarios and catchy tunes pair well with Albino Armani's Prosecco's effervescence and fruitiness.
Just as "A Goofy Movie" appeals to a broad audience with its mix of comedy, music, and heartfelt moments, Prosecco is a versatile wine that can be enjoyed in a variety of settings. They're simple, approachable, and unpretentious. Neither require a sophisticated palate or extensive knowledge to enjoy.
Love you always, Dad.