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Mr. Magoo Show: The Complete Collection (1964)

Jim Backus , Joan Gardner  |  NR |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Backus, Joan Gardner, Marvin Miller, Paul Frees, Dal McKennon
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0006IIOIG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,949 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mr. Magoo Show: The Complete Collection" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

For the first time ever on DVD the Complete Mr Magoo Show. Includes 26 original epiosodes in their entirety for over 10 hours of fun and mishaps. Each DVD will also include an exclusive Mr. Magoo 1963 comic book replica. Plus collectible lenticular packaging designed in traditional Mr. Magoo fashion.

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190 of 195 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another great cartoon from our past is ruined April 10, 2007
By Mezz
Format:DVD
26 episodes of a classic TV show ruined by P.C. edited voice overs. Each show consists of 5 Magoo cartoons and all is running great until Episode # 17 when the PC Correct Charlie rears his absurd over dubbed English voice. Its all down hill after that as the last 9 shows have been butchered. Jim Backus is brilliant and the cartoon hilarious but once again we have to deal with tainted original masterpieces due to the over sensitive over zealous P.C. knuckleheads. Five stars for the 1st Sixteen shows , 1 star for the rest. Disc four is worthless , unless you use it as a frisbee.
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128 of 132 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Charlie's voice overdubbed March 27, 2007
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In every episode that Charlie has more than one line in, his voice is overdubbed in a ridiculous, intrusive voice that makes the episodes unwatchable. It's not just that they gave in to political correctness and changed his voice, but they didn't even do a good job. Most of the first disc soundtrack is intact (probably so those of us who were watching to see if they would change the voice would put in the first disc, hear the original voice and declare the box set O.K. I think that is what happened to some of the reviewers on this page). Just put in some of the later discs and be prepared for a big shock. These cartoons are great and my rating would be five stars if they were not tampered with. As it is though I cannot recommend this unless of course you really don't mind or, God forbid, you agree that hearing an exaggerated Japanese accent is going to corrupt the world as we know it.
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109 of 113 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Magoo is ruined! June 22, 2007
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Why did somebody have to go and change Charlie's voice in some of the cartoons in this set? His new voice makes him sound like an English butler, which is completely ridiculous, considering Charlie is Chinese! The original voice of Charlie made the cartoons even funnier, and now with this voice overdub, much of the humor is lost. Everything has to be censored and politically correct these days, and I'm sick of it! Why tamper with a classic like Mr. Magoo?
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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The original short UPA theatrical release Magoo cartoons, from 1949-1960, were brilliant. Two of them won Academy Awards. Unfortunately they don't seem to be currently available in a DVD format. This collection of Magoo cartoons is from the 1960's television show, and all suffer from inferior animation, boring plots and pointless side-kicks. Furthermore, as many have noted, the overdubbing of Charlie's voice is intolerable. The vocal characterization of Magoo by the great Jim Backus (who also did the voice of Magoo in the theatrical release cartoons), however, is always entertaining and is one of the best features of the Magoo series.

Hopefully we won't need to wait too long for the DVD release of the earlier theatrical Magoo cartoons, but in the mean time don't waste your money on this collection.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this box set hoping for the best. I was happy at first, but for some strange reason they decided to change Charlie's(Magoo's asian house boy)voice in some of the episodes!? I don't know why they would do some with Charlies trademark accent( "Ah Misa Magloo" "Bloss")and some with the edited ridiculous american butler accent(he sounds a little like Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet without the reverb)?? It doesn't make any sense at all!?? If the accent is offensive, why wouldn't they edit all the episodes? It would have been nice to have all of these classic cartoons unedited and show the edits done to them in the extras for comparison. The episodes on the DVD's look pretty clean though and if you can live with the edited junk(I can't), it is a cool set. I might pick it up at a reduced price for the unedited ones, as for now, back it goes! I do not want to support censoring these classics!
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh Magoo, You've done it again! March 8, 2007
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I was overjoyed to get this long- awaited set of UPA's most famous cartoon star. My four star rating is a compromise between the five star and three star features of this set. First the five star: Classic Media (which now owns UPA) has gone all out on beautiful packaging, with four one-sided discs in an album that slides into a slipcase. There's a booklet and a miniature repro of a Dell Mr. Magoo comic book, as well as a lenticular screen cover with a changing picture.

You get all 26 shows, each of which consists of five cartoons, with cartoon lead-ins or bumpers between them. these are the early '60s UPA TV 'toons from The Mr. Magoo Show, not the theatrical cartoons from Columbia/ UPA made from 1949- 1959. Nevertheless, most people who remember Mr. Magoo, recall him from this '60s show, which features an excellent opening in which Magoo yells "Road Hog!" and barely escapes numerous collisions. The opening and the lead-ins are better than many of the cartoons, and except for Waldo and Prezley, I didn't remember any other characters.

They are all quite forgettable, including a talking hamster who frequently feuds with a talking dog or a talking cat. These cartoons are somewhat inconsistent, however, because a different dog, which somewhat resembles McBarker from the later DePatie- Freleng Mr. Magoo cartoons, appears in some of the lead-ins. Mother Magoo also appears in some cartoons, along with Tycoon Magoo and a small cast of recurring bit players. There is one notable exception, that of Magoo's Chinese houseboy, Charlie. In the original 'toons, Charlie is a great character, often wiser and more hep to what's going on than Mr. Magoo, but curious to see what crazy predicaments "Bossman" will get into.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Dubbed and Daffy. Classic Cartoons Ruined
If I had know about the dubbing in advance I wouldn't have bought this set. Everyone here that bought these and feels cheated should receive a full refund.
Published 27 days ago by G. Mariner
2.0 out of 5 stars VOICE CHANGE FOR CHARLIE SINKS THIS RELEASE!
Oh Magoo, what am I to do? What starts off as a fun trip down memory lane turns into a nightmare on disc 1 cartoon 17. Charlie, Mr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Good!
It was a movie I watched as a child and wanted to share this with my grandchildren. So many happy memories!
Published 15 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved them!
Love them....all soooooo cleverly done! Would recommend to Magoo fans everywhere....especially for the senior set who would remember Jim Backus.
Published 19 months ago by Carol Sansone
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Magoo Show dubbing
Hulu has just recently added the 1960-61 Mr. Magoo Show to their streaming lineup. I wonder if it also has the dubbing that has been reported here... Read more
Published on August 1, 2012 by CC
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Magoo
I really enjoyed the DVD and I found it strange that I was not able to get this at any other source.
Published on August 18, 2011 by David Hurst
1.0 out of 5 stars Ruined! I refuse to support a PC Edited collection
I almost bought this, so glad I checked the reviews first! Its just heartbreaking to see the PC Police ruining Mr.Magoo. I mean, its Mr.Magoo of all things! Read more
Published on December 18, 2010 by Sabrina
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh PC Weenies, you've done it again!...
...to paraphrase Magoo himself. Well, I guess that's the main reason for customer reviews--to pass on info to other customers that isn't in the buy-it biased blurb paragraph... Read more
Published on November 29, 2010 by R. L. MILLER
3.0 out of 5 stars Me Not Likey Edit Either
Folks, Charlie ain't the only thing they messed with. The opening theme has been edited towards the end just before Magoo looks through the two O's. Read more
Published on November 27, 2010 by Classic Trek Fan
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely trashed by P.C.
I was so looking forward to this release; now, I find the series trashed by political correctness. This is another form of book banning. Read more
Published on September 30, 2010 by Hihyooka
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