The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection (1949-1959)
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Voiced by the multitalented comedic actor Jim Backus, the nearsighted Mr. Magoo was an instant hit and went on to become a classic animated character starring in two Academy Award winning theatrical shorts, three television series and two television specials.
This special collectors edition brings together for the first time on DVD all 53 theatrical cartoons, including 12 cartoons in anamorphic widescreen for the first time, and the feature film 1001 Arabian Nights, all in one deluxe collection.
• Photo Gallery With Storyboards, Drawings And Merchandise
Top Customer Reviews
Needless to say, both the film and the shorts are dazzling. The initial shorts were directed by John Hubley, but most of the later ones are directed by Pete Burness, who also directed a 1952 short in a series of UPA one-offs known as Jolly Frolics UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection [DVD]. But the most amazing thing is Jim Backus ad libbing through the shorts, making good use of his sense of humor and voice talent from radio. An early writer was Bill Scott, one of the main writers later on Rocky and Bullwinkle. The Magoo shorts really hit their stride under Burness, with sumptuous colors and modern design from former Disney animators, artists and designers, who eagerly fell in with the modernist motifs of UPA and producer Steven Bosustow. Since the stories are usually so much better, the Magoo shorts are, in many cases, more representative of UPA's intent.Read more ›
I detect no vandalism to the cartoons I’ve viewed thus far in the way of DNR or aspect ratio distortion. Everything looks excellent and uncensored. THESE, not the TV cartoons, are the Magoo cartoons you want: the ones that won acclaim and awards and cemented the character's popularity in the first place. The bonuses are first-rate, and the inclusion of "1001 Arabian Nights" was welcome.
This took a long time to come out... so grab your copy before it goes away again!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very unique character, indeed. He was always a favorite of mine, way back in the '50's. The voice of Jim Backus is wonderful and the art work is superb.Published 4 days ago by Jmoss
While I was quite familiar with the made for tv Mr. Magoo cartoons and I had seen a few of the theatrical cartoons I never realized so many of them had been made. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RB
Watching Mr. Magoo brought back so many wonderful childhood memories. They just don't make cartoons the way they used to.Published 4 months ago by Mardel Cheatham