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article image'Mr. Magoo: The Theatrical Collection' is now available on DVD

By Mindy Peterman     May 6, 2014 in Entertainment
How did a myopic, somewhat muddled little old man become one of animation’s most beloved characters? A look at the new four-DVD set "Mr. Magoo: The Theatrical Collection (1949-1959)" may provide the answer.
Mr. Magoo was one of the most unusual cartoon characters to gain fame in the 50s and 60s. He was human, first of all (as opposed to being a cartoon animal like Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, and the like), and could also be considered one of the most politically incorrect creations to ever grace a drawing board. Quincy Magoo was nearsighted bald, elderly, and in his earliest days somewhat crotchety. His nearsightedness was a source of what some might consider mean-spirited humor; he got himself into predicaments that caused him in all kinds of trouble (mainly because he never wanted to address his disability). Yet he was humorous and likable in a weird grandpa sort of way, he always persevered, and kids loved him.
Magoo, voiced by the talented character actor Jim Backus (you may remember him as Thurston Howell III on Gilligan’s Island), is best known for his television shows in the 60s. But fans of those shows may not know that prior to this period, Magoo had a successful career in film. In fact, two of the 53 short theatrical films produced (When Magoo Flew, 1954, and Magoo’s Puddle Jumper, 1956) were Oscar winners for Best Animated Short Film.
Now Shout! Factory has made available for the first time all 53 animated shorts, the feature film 1001 Arabian Nights, and the vintage documentary A Princess For Magoo: The Making of 1001 Arabian Nights in Mr. Magoo, The Theatrical Collection 1949-1959, a four-DVD set that will please animation fans and pop culture gurus alike. Twelve of the cartoons are in anamorphic widescreen for the first time and all have been remastered in their original theatrical aspect ratios.
Also included in the set is a conversation with film critic Leonard Maltin and 14 commentaries that will add to your enjoyment of these films.
If you grew up in the Mister Magoo era or even if you didn’t, you will surely appreciate this detailed look at one of animation’s most iconic characters.
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