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Gooby (2009)

PG | | Family, Fantasy | 17 April 2009 (USA)
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Eleven year old Willy's childhood toy, Gooby, comes to life as a real, live, six-foot tall monster who helps Willy through rough times, with hair-raising and hilarious adventures.

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Wilson Coneybeare
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Coltrane ... Gooby (voice)
David James Elliott ... Jack Dandridge
Ingrid Kavelaars ... Elize
Eugene Levy ... Mr. Nerdlinger
Matthew Knight ... Willy
Derek Scott ... Gooby
Mary Haney Mary Haney ... Mrs. Williams
Len Doncheff ... Mr. Ogilvey
Paula Boudreau ... Mrs. Deacon
Elle Downs ... Mrs. Donnelly
Ricky Hegarty Ricky Hegarty ... Colin
Luke Bilyk ... Cute Kid
Alexander Conti ... Eric
Christina Bilyk Christina Bilyk ... Rona Cashier
Tyler Khan Tyler Khan ... Kid on Bench
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Eleven year old Willy's childhood toy, Gooby, comes to life as a real, live, six-foot tall monster who helps Willy through rough times, with hair-raising and hilarious adventures.

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one word title | bear | See All (2) »

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Because everybody needs a friend.

Genres:

Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild rude humor and bullying | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ted Named Gooby See more »

Filming Locations:

Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$706, 26 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,234, 28 June 2009
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Covered in episode #89 of the podcast 'How Did This Get Made?' See more »

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Child Wranglers: Pam Breck, Frank Morrison (at 1:35:34) See more »

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Featured in Movie Nights: Gooby (2011) See more »

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Hate Incarnate.
9 February 2013 | by tristan-604-370915See all my reviews

Let's imagine you're a Canadian filmmaker with a sound 6.5 million dollar budget. Not enough for a big genre piece but enough for a solid 90 minute comedy or drama, provided you don't blow your budget on star power. What do you do? If you answered "hire Eugene Levy for a secondary role and Hagrid from Harry Potter to voice the giant dead-eyed teddy bear," you are Wilson Coneybeare, the Writer/Producer/Director of this straight-to-DVD abomination. While hailed as "heart-warming" and scoring "five doves" on ChristianCinema.com, there is nothing heartwarming about this film. Featuring a bear costume that makes the Country Bears look realistic and a plot we've seen done better several times already, it's unclear what the filmmakers thought Gooby would bring to the table. Aside from, you know, a host of double entendre that was either the world's biggest oversight or a deliberate attempt to sneak incredibly creepy subtext by the dove guys we mentioned earlier.

The film opens by introducing us to Willy, who monologues for a bit to establish his role as the main character and introduce his negligent power-career parents. We're treated to about a second of a CGI character that probably cost thousands of dollars just to model that we'll never see again before learning that Willy's parents are moving and introduced to Gooby, a teddy bear. After a few days being miserable in his new environment, Willy starts to notice something is about. He tracks it to the Friendship Shed, where he discovers that Gooby has come to life mutated into a dead-eyed all-devouring abomination which, apparently, is wearing a scarf suspiciously similar to Tom Baker's. From here, we're just going through the motions as we simultaneously follow the list of "things to do when ripping off Calvin and Hobbes" and "my imaginary friend is real and an adult is trying to expose it." Though that's not to say it doesn't do anything original, they just tend to be horrible things with no rational reason to be in the movie. The film ends with Gooby luring Willy to a derelict house and leaving him dangling over a pit, ostensibly so his father can save him and rekindle their relationship.

This movie is bizarre. It doesn't come off as heartwarming, it's creepy. The bear suit is horrifying, the plot is from a handbook on child endangerment, and the message is "if your parents ignore you, don't make friends, just retreat into your imagination and put yourself in peril to get attention." And let's not forget that only black character in the film is swiftly replaced by Eugene Levy.


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