It was the last day of school-and Max was late. "Oh no!" Max cried.
Suddenly, Max's dad, Goofy, burst into his room, wrapped in towels. "Mornin', son!" Goofy called cheerfully.
"I'm running late, Dad," Max said as he rushed to leave.
As Max headed out the door, Goofy handed him a brown paper bag. "Maxie! You forgot your lunch!" Goofy said.
Then he kissed Max on the cheek-just as a group of his classmates went by. They all laughed at Max.
Max worried that his classmates thought of him as "Maxie the Geek" and "Goof of the Week." He was worried that he'd grow up to be like his dad-and Max didn't think Goofy was cool at all.
Max had a secret crush on Roxanne. He thought she was the prettiest girl he had ever seen, but that she probably didn't even know he existed.
But Max had a plan to improve his image, and his best friends P.J. and Bobby were going to help him. Max planned to give a very special performance at the morning assembly.
He was going to appear as his favorite music star, Powerline. Max's performance instantly won over the audience-especially Roxanne.
Suddenly, the music stopped. As the angry principal snapped off Max's Powerline visor, someone in the audience shouted, "It's the Goof boy!" Everyone gasped! Max, was in big trouble.
Sitting outside the principal's office, Max didn't see Roxanne. "I liked your dance," Roxanne said shyly.
The more he talked to Roxanne, the more courage Max found. "I was sorta kinda thinking that maybe you'd go with me to Stacey's party," Max stammered. "Well," Roxanne replied shyly, "I was sorta, kinda thinking that...I'd love to!"
The angry principal called Goofy at work. "If I were you, Mr. Goof," the principal shouted, "I'd seriously reevaluate the way you're raising your child. This might be the beginning of a life of crime!"
"Oh, not my boy," Goofy protested. The principal slammed the phone down.
Goofy was worried about Max. They weren't pals the way they used to be.
Then Goofy had an idea about how to strengthen their father-and-son bond. He decided to take Max on a fishing trip to Lake Destiny.
Even though his performance as Powerline had gotten him into trouble with the principal, the other students loved it! They thought Max was cool! And Roxanne liked him, too! She was going to Stacey's party with him! Max was on top of the world...until he got home.
"Going somewhere, Pop?" Max asked, seeing his dad loading up the car. "Sure am, pal-a-roony! I'm taking a vacation with my best buddy-you!" Max couldn't believe his ears! Just when things were finally going right!
"Good-bye hopes, good-bye dreams, good-bye Roxanne," Max muttered. Roxanne! What was Max to do? He had Goofy stop at Roxanne's house. "Make it quick, Maxie boy!" Goofy said, "We've got to put some road behind us!"
Max explained about his surprise vacation to Roxanne. She was disappointed. "I'm sure I can go with someone else," she sadly told Max. But Max didn't want Roxanne to go with someone else! He panicked, and blurted out a lie. A big lie.
Max told Roxanne that Goofy was taking him to the Powerline concert in Los Angeles! The more Max jabbered, the bigger his lie got. "I'll wave to you when we join Powerline onstage for the final number."
"I'm in deep sludge," Max thought as he headed for the car.
On the road, Goofy was happy as a lark. Max sat silent and sullen. Not only was he on a vacation that he didn't want to be on, he had just lied to Roxanne!
They pitched a tent in a campsite under the pine trees. Max was still upset and angry with his dad. Goofy was sad and confused.
Suddenly, a deluxe RV pulled up at the campsite. In it were Pete and P.J.!
Max was sure glad to see P.J. P.J. told Max what a celebrity he was back home. Everyone had heard that he was going to the Powerline concert.
Goofy took the reluctant Max fishing. He tried to teach him a fishing move called "The Perfect Cast." To Max, it just looked like a weird dance.
But the only thing Goofy managed to hook was the fierce Bigfoot!
Roaring and snarling, Bigfoot chased Max and Goofy back to camp. Pete frantically packed up and quickly drove away.
Finally, Bigfoot trapped Goofy and Max in their car. Somehow Goofy managed to fall asleep.
Frustrated, Max sat back in his seat and kicked the dashboard. The glove compartment popped open, and Goofy's map sprang out into Max's lap.
Looking at the map, Max saw that their route would soon come to a junction. One road would take them to Lake Destiny, the other to Los Angeles. Max drew a new route on the map that would lead them to L.A., the Powerline concert...and a lot of trouble.
The next day, Goofy gave Max the road map. Goofy thought that by letting Max navigate, he might enjoy the trip more. "You can pick all the stops from here to Lake Destiny," Goofy smiled.
Now that they were really sharing the trip, Goofy and Max started to have fun! Max almost forgot about Roxanne, Powerline, and his very big lie. That night, they stopped at the Neptune Inn.
Pete and P.J. were staying at the Neptune Inn, too. Max told P.J. about how he had changed the map, and was navigating their course for Los Angeles instead of Lake Destiny.
Max and P.J. didn't know that Pete was listening to them!
Later, Pete told Goofy about the conversation between Max and P.J. "Your kid's dupin' ya," Pete chuckled, "you're headin' straight for L.A., pal!"
The next morning, Goofy and Max drove down the road in silence. When they reached the junction, Goofy gave Max a chance to make the right choice. "Which way, Maxie?" Goofy asked. "To the right or to the left?"
Max directed goofy to the left, toward L.A. Goofy was heartbroken and angry.
Goofy pulled off the road into a scenic lookout and stopped the car. He stormed away, looking off at the view. Max had never seen Goofy so angry. He decided that it was time to tell his dad the truth.
In frustration, Max kicked the car tire and leaned against the rear bumper. The car begin rolling away down the hill!
Max and Goofy chased the runaway car, and managed to catch up with it and get inside-just before it plummeted into the raging river below!
As father and son floated down the river atop their car, they had plenty of time to talk. "I'm not your little boy anymore! I've got my own life now!" Max told Goofy. "I know that!" Goofy replied. "I just wanted to be part of it!"
As their journey downriver continued, Max told Goofy the whole story. Goofy looked thoughtfully at Max and said, "I guess the only thing for us to do now is to get you up onstage with this Powerline fellow..."
In L.A. they arrived at the theater where they found the backstage crew unloading equipment for the Powerline concert. Hidden in instrument cases, Max and Goofy were carried right in!
Backstage, Goofy accidentally got trapped inside a strange contraption. Suddenly, it began to rise.
Goofy found himself onstage, right beside Powerline himself. Goofy didn't know what to do!
Remembering the weird dance he recently saw his dad perform, Max yelled, "Do 'The Perfect Cast'!"
Goofy began performing the motions of "The Perfect Cast." Powerline continued his song and followed Goofy in the strange dance. Then, Max joined Goofy and Powerline. There was no doubt about it. Max's dad was very cool.
Back home, everyone at Stacey's party watched excitedly as Max danced on television.
When they got home, Goofy and Max's first stop was Roxanne's house. Max told Roxanne the whole, true story. "Why would you make up something like that?" Roxanne asked.
"I just wanted you to like me," Max said quietly. "I already liked you, Max," Roxanne smiled. "From the very first time I heard you laugh-A-Hyuk!"
Their conversation was interrupted by a loud boom! Max looked out and saw that the car had exploded, and Goofy was gone!
Then Goofy crashed through the roof of Roxanne's porch!
"Roxanne, I'd like you to meet my Dad," Max said proudly.