Athletic Profile: Peter "P.J." Pete, Jr., Catamounts, Tight End, Defensive Lineman.
Peter Pete Junior, known around the league as PJ, is a member of the Catamounts football team.
Despite his Goofy-like fingers and blocking issues, PJ has consistently been a large target in the Catamounts passing game finishing his first season with 48 catches for 672 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Though he is not usually the one to come up with trick plays, PJ has shown to be helpful, polite, sensitive, honest and hard-working, and is usually the one to consider potential consequences.
Physically he is strong and tough, capable of performing a lot of manual labor – a fact regularly exploited by his conniving and lazier father.
He enjoys casual sports like bike-riding and skateboarding, and video games and watching television but his father often bullies him into activities that are deemed as more ‘manly’.
Aside from some differences in their faces and head shapes, PJ looks like a miniature version of his father. Their personalities are completely different, however.
PJ is almost the complete opposite of his father behavior-wise. He often displays fear of his father, of spending time with him, and of disobeying or failing him. Pete seems to interpret this fear as respect.
PJ is eager to leave, and their unhealthy father-son relationship clearly revolves around fear and control. With this thrown into the equation, when compared to the much healthier relationship between Max and Goofy, it can speculated (though never confirmed) that Pete may be physically as well as emotionally abusive towards PJ.
PJ first appeared as the main antagonist in Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #21 “Bellboy Donald” where he was first called “Junior.” Though his provocative and villainous personality resembled his father’s, PJ had a smaller body and larger ears. This initial attitude would dramatically change over the next half of a century.
In Goof Troop, P.J is 11 years old and lives next door to Goofy and Max.
Throughout the Goof Troop television series, PJ’s relationship with his father is clearly based on fear and control, with P.J often being bullied into doing thankless chores, manipulated, insulted and punished over minor failings. It is far more frequent for P.J to be shown to fear his father than to love him, and he repeatedly displays a strong need for his father’s approval despite his fear.
In the first episode, P.J gloomily tells Max that he is not allowed to play with anything in his room because they are all collector’s items bought by Pete.
In the second, Pete forbids him to play with Max. In one episode, P.J is shown counting down the days until he can leave home.
In another, Pete actually pretends he is seriously ill to manipulate P.J into doing his job just to get a day off work. P.J. is usually seen hanging out with Max, and at one point, P.J states that Max is the only friend that he has ever had.
PJ is usually talked into assisting with Max’s schemes, but does prove himself to be brave whenever Max or even his father really need him. He also shows a lot more self-control than Pete, capable of understanding when a plan is going too far and when it’s sensible to concede defeat.
A Goofy Movie
In A Goofy Movie, P.J is 14, and helps Max to try and impress Roxanne by videotaping him dance along to Powerline’s new song, even though he was terrified of doing so in case his dad found out (which he did).
While leaving the principal’s office after they are caught he drones, “Oh man, my dad is gonna smash me like a bug.” After school is let out, he later appears briefly, when Max and Goofy are in the woods, cleaning up Pete’s RV with a floor-buffer. Max is shown to envy P.J as he gets to travel in Pete’s luxurious RV, but P.J tells Max that he is the lucky one because everyone in town has heard that Max will be on stage with Powerline. Max reveals to P.J that it was a lie to impress Roxanne and has not told Goofy about it.
Pete and P.J meet up with Goofy & Max again when they stop off at a motel. During this time, Max confides in P.J that he has changed the map passed along the Goofy family tree to go to L.A. Their discussion is overheard by Pete, who tells Goofy. He makes a final, very brief appearance when Max is on stage, cleaning the R.V while watching Max on TV.
Even though the series Goof Troop gave all characters equal importance throughout the show, P.J. and Pete’s roles were heavily overshadowed by Goofy and Max’s.
An Extremely Goofy Movie
In An Extremely Goofy Movie, P.J. is 18. He gains more size, being almost as big as Pete and almost as tall as Goofy. P.J. is seen prominently throughout the movie, sharing a dorm with other athletes, Max and Bobby, as well as being on their team for the College X Games.
PJ, Max and Bobby travel to college in Bobby’s van. When they arrive, they are followed by Bradley Uppercrust III, college X Games ‘king’ to a cafe called the Bean Scene, with an offer for Max to join, but not P.J. and Bobby. Max declines. When Tank, Bradley’s right-hand-man, threatens Bobby, P.J. defends him with a biscotti, and later remarks “Moo, Moo?! Who’d want to join a herd of cows?!” when he hears the name of Bradley’s fraternity (Gamma Mu Mu), which he is then punished by Tank giving him a wedgie.
His personality doesn’t really change until he meets the Beret Girl at the disco. After speaking poetically to her (which surprises Max & Bobby) she asks him to dance. After this, he becomes a sort of beatnik, and his casual clothes change from blue T-shirt and green shorts to black turtle neck, black trousers and a beret.
He and his team make it to the finals, but P.J can’t participate in the final race because Bradley straps rockets to his boots and blasts him out of the arena. His best event is shown to be bike riding. P.J. is seen at the very end of the film reading poetry to Beret Girl.
Pete Junior has never appeared in a Walt Disney Bowl nor on Disney’s House of Mouse.
Like his best friend, P.J ages throughout each of his appearances.