Gooby (2009)




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Willy (Matthew Knight) has a unique concern regarding his family's new house: he firmly believes it's inhabited by malevolent space aliens. Luckily for Willy, his wish for a savior is fulfilled with the entrance of Gooby (voiced by Robbie Coltrane), a strange but lovable creature who appears more anxious about the world's dangers than he is. As the unlikely pair become friends, Gooby helps Willy and his father reunite.
PG (for some mild rude humor and bullying)
Art House & International , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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David James Elliott
as Jack Dandridge
Matthew Knight
as Willy Dandridge
Ingrid Kavelaars
as Elise Dandridge
Eugene Levy
as Mr. Nerdlinger
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Critic Reviews for Gooby

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Its lack of a compelling storyline and overreliance on so-so slapstick will limit its appeal to easily distracted preschoolers.

Full Review… | June 26, 2009
Toronto Star
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If being innocuous were a crime, Gooby would cause Canada to reinstate the death penalty pronto.

Full Review… | June 13, 2010

This should be, by all accounts, a horror movie. It is instead a Canadian family comedy. So, you know, same difference.

Full Review… | August 3, 2009

Entertaining for kids while slightly corny and silly for adults, but it's often harmless, bighearted and filled with inspirational messages about friendship, hope and the importance of family which everyone, young and old, can appreciate.

Full Review… | April 21, 2009
NYC Movie Guru

Instead of inspiring children to be brave and loving, it will most likely send them cowering under the covers in terror. They've already got Chucky movies for that.

April 17, 2009
Kansas City Star

Audience Reviews for Gooby

I just watch this movie just to make fun of it. It's TERRIBLE!! And Gooby for children is probably terrifying. Bad acting and just blatantly bad

Lauren Nolan
Lauren Nolan

A misfire if I've ever seen one, Gooby fails as a children's movie and more pulls a horror movie. It has a creepy title character, a bland protagonist, and too much padding. Our star is Willie, an overimaginative boy who is frightened by his own hallucinations but feels comfort in his recognizable surroundings. When his family moves to a new house however, he is suddenly being attacked by his imagination. He wishes on his sacred amulet (don't ask, he just has one) and wishes for protection. The amulet brings his childhood stuffed bear Gooby to life as a 6 foot tall bear who pledges to protect Willie and become his life friend. Like I said, the main problem with Gooby is the title character. The costume and animatronics are extremely poor and give off a creepy persona. As well as his lines give off a very pedophiliac feel that only makes the friendship between Gooby and Willie wrong and makes the audience feel uncomfortable. The plot is padded with an excess of whimsy that is simply boring. The actors aren't very good and seem bored in their roles. Eugene Levy is lost in this film. That's all. The editing leaves little time to get to know the charactes or answer questions and leaves us confused and angry. Just skip Gooby. Even if you're heartless enough to want to scare your children with a creepy movie, don't show them Gooby. Leave it to die in a corner. If you do want to see it, see Obscurus Lupa and Iron Liz's review at (Real rating: 8%)

Catherine Sumida
Catherine Sumida

Loved this silly movie just because my youngest nephew's nickname is Gooby. He goes bonkers when he watches this film so it has to possess some genuine charm. You can't trash a movie that remind you of your little nephew :-)


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