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The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection (1949-1959)

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Since 1949, Mr. Magoo has bumbled his way to good fortune for more than six decades. His endearing misadventures in everyday life and his stubborn self-confidence have entertained generations.


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 collector’s 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.

Special Features

• A Princess For Magoo: The Making Of 1001 Arabian Nights

• Interviews

• Commentaries

• Photo Gallery With Storyboards, Drawings And Merchandise


Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Backus
  • Directors: N, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • 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: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2014
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0062KMDWU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on May 2, 2014
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The Theatrical Collection includes 53 color shorts, produced for theaters, from 1949 - 1959. The shorts take up three one-sided discs, while the forth disc is devoted to the long-awaited Mr. Magoo movie, 1001 Arabian Nights. However, they are packaged rather oddly, with the three discs in one snap case, and the film disc in another, both cases sliding into an attractive slip case. Never fear, though, they are safely packaged. Perhaps this was done so that the movie could be released separately. At any rate, the movie disc is loaded with extras, including an interview with Leonard Maltin, a Magoo documentary featuring historians such as Gerry Beck and Darrel Van Citters, and A Princess for Magoo, an early black and white TV teaser for the upcoming film with Jim Backus, voice of Mr. Magoo, as the host.

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.
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This collection of Mr. Magoo's complete theatrical shorts (that is the ones that were produced for the movie theaters), is a long time coming! It seems every major studio has issued an abundance of there very best animated shorts except for Columbia Pictures, and Paramount Pictures TerryToons Mighty Mouse, Heckly and Jekyll, et al (That's left best alone for now). But anyway Shout! Factory are the folks behind this Magoo release. According to the Cartoon Brew WEBSITE, run by Jerry Beck, these DVDS will include 2 Oscar winners, When Magoo Flew and Magoos's Puddle Jumper, as well rare pencil tests, and audio commentaries by the likes of Emily Hubley, John Canemaker, AND Charles Soloman. According to the book OF MICE AND MAGIC written by Leonard Maltin, there are about 51 Magoo shorts on this collection. Of course the voice of Magoo is by Jim Backus of "Gilligan's Island," fame. Backus worked with some of the greats like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. A talented actor. OH, Magoo you've done it again! This is a can't miss collection! I also heard that 1001 Arabian Nights, a 1959 feature film starring Mr. Magoo will also be featured as an additional bonus. UPDATE!!! E-mailed Shout! and they said they are still waiting for Sony to remaster these cartoons. THEY HOPE TO HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN A FEW MONTHS. July/2013. Another UPDATE! They have finally set APRIL 22, 2014, as the official release date!!! F I N A L L Y! It was well worth the wait. The TECHNICOLOR transfers look amazing. Money well invested, folks!
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I have never seen any of the Mr. Magoo theatrical shorts until today. I enjoyed the made for tv Magoo shorts when i was a child in the 1970's. I was excited to hear that the theatrical shorts were coming to dvd because I heard they are far superior to the tv ones. Knowing my package was coming today, I actually kept looking out for the mailman, such was my excitement. Well, the excitement was justified. I am loving each short I see. The tv Magoo shorts can't touch these original theatricals. I am extremely pleased with this set and every Mr. Magoo fan needs to add it to their collection.
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The release of Shout Factory’s "Mr. Magoo: The Theatrical Collection" is a cause for celebration. It’s been delayed for almost two years now (when I was driving home through New Jersey with one of the people who worked on transferring the negatives, he indicated that the work had been completely done ages ago), but whatever the circumstances were, it’s out and a purchase is in order.

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!
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This collection has been long in coming: it's been announced for years. Having watched about one-half of it in the past two weeks, I'm happy to report that it was well worth the wait. I'm no expert, but the remastering looks excellent to me: the animation looks as though it could have been done yesterday--if yesterday you found a studio filled with 100 artists who did everything with pencils, ink, and paint. Here you have, on three discs, all 53 theatrical cartoons (1949-1959), including four Academy Award nominees and two winners. A fourth disc presents the feature-length rarity, "1001 Arabian Nights" (1959), which opened the door to television's "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" (1962) and "The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo" (1964). This set does not include those items or the syndicated UPA television shorts (1960), produced by Henry Saperstein, which are available elsewhere. Though it became more limited over the years, the quality of animation and production design of the theatrical Magoos is far superior to the TV product; the stories (written by Tedd Pierce, among others) and their execution are generally funnier. Supplemented in several instances with commentaries of widely divergent value, the five hours of toonmanship are fascinating: though the incomparable comedy of Jim Backus is the glue that binds Magoo, you can watch the character's evolution from ornery (courtesy of producer-director John Hubley) to sweet (Pete Burness). UPA's use of color and design was extraordinarily modernist and became more so over time. The only thing missing for those wanting the complete Magoo experience are the vintage animated commercials in which he starred for Piel's beer and, especially, General Electric. Kudos to Shout! for continuing to recover our popular culture with products of fine quality at affordable prices.
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