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I 2 I: The Genius of Powerline from A Goofy Movie

I 2 I: The Genius of Powerline from A Goofy Movie

If A Goofy Movie isn’t in your top 10 Disney movies, then we have to end our friendship now. Sorry not sorry.

The Disney classic (yes, classic) turns 20 on April 7 and we needed to celebrate the greatest thing about it: Powerline.

A Goofy Movie was an effort to resurrect the character Goofy to a new audience in the 90s. What the movie did for Goofy was made him a more complete character with real problems. The main contributing factor is his teenage son, Max, who was introduced in the tv series Goof Troop. Max was filled with the typical teenage angst and with that teenage angst comes his teenage musical taste. The film gives us a great development of a father-son relationship with a killer soundtrack.

Powerline is voiced by Tevin Campbell and is sort of a magical hybrid of Michael Jackson and Prince (or Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars for a more “modern” equivalent). In the movie, Powerline is the central focus on Max will woo his crush, Roxanne. He even performs as Powerline to impress her in the beginning of the movie.

Powerline’s best song comes at the end. When father and son have cemented their bond, they crash the Powerline concert to help Max get the girl. The result is one of the greatest musical moments in film history.

Technically called “I 2 I” the song is more widely known as “Eye to Eye” and it is an absolute masterpiece. Like no joking, one of the best musical sequences ever. The song plays over a series of hilarious and fun moments of Goofy and Max trying to sneak backstage. They accomplish their goal together, Max gets the girl, and comes out with a strong relationship with his father. Cue the emotions. But it’s more than just a scene. The song on its own would’ve easily been a hit. An explosive anthem fit for arenas, it could’ve been an MJ song for all we knew. The chorus is catchy, the lyrics are empowering, Campbell’s vocals are on point, and the dance is well…a perfect cast.

A Goofy Movie has not only stood the test of time the past 20 years but has simultaneously been the perfect time capsule for the mid-90s. Nostalgic, heartwarming, and fun, it’s really one of Disney’s best. Something we should all see eye-to-eye on.

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