Mister Magoo

Mister Magoo, a nearsighted grumpy old duffer, who turned up on our screens in 1949. His first name is Quincy.

Mister Magoo

Mister Magoo

Quincy Magoo was patterned after several real-life people. It seems the main inspiration for the character was the screen presence of comedian W. C. Fields, though it’s claimed the character was the collaborative efforts of the UPA staff who worked on those first films. Mister Magoo was UPA’s first popular success and went on to appear in numerous theatrical shorts, full-length movies, TV specials, TV commercials, and three TV series.

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Mr Magoo was voiced by actor Jim Backus who died in 1989 . Much of his voice is made up of mublings and ad-libbing parts to give it the reality factor. Backus was best known as millionaire Thurston Howell in the 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island, and as his voice in animated versions, New Adventures of Gilligan and Gilligan’s Planet.

Famous Magoo episodes include 1954 When Magoo Flew and Mr. Magoo’s Puddle Jumper from 1956 both winning awards. By Magoo’s 1977, he was licensed for a half-hour Saturday morning series, What’s New, Magoo?

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5 thoughts on “Mister Magoo

  1. I first watched”Mr.Magoo”locally on “The Sandy Becker Show”weekday evenings on WNEW TV Ch.5 in NYC back in the early 1960’s.I loved these cartoons..which I never felt made fun of people..who had vision problems.I have a vision problem myself..I’m near sighted like”Mr.Magoo”..but I never felt insulted by these films..the character’s problem is that he’s opinionated and he’s stubborn and pompous..but..he was never blind or near sighted..just opinionated and stubborn and at times..stupid. But..he somehow managed to succeeded in the end. I also watched him perform in recreations of historical events and stories on”The Famous Adeventures Of Mr.Magoo” on NBC TV..Saturday nights from 1964 to 1965 and on”Mr.Magoo’s Christmas Carol” and”Uncle Sam Magoo”. (Both tv specials were seen on NBC TV during the 1960’s and 70’s). The third and last tv show”What’s New Mr.Magoo”which was seen on CBS TV..was a poor remake of the old series.

    Even Mr.Backus’ performance of the character’s voice couldn’t make the last series any better..due to poor scripting,animation and the other VO actors..who couldn’t do the voices of the other characters..including the last actor to do the voice of”Waldo”(“Mr.Magoo’s”nephew).

    Personally,I think that Mr.Jerry Hauser(the first gentleman to do”Waldo Magoo’s voice)he did it better than this jerk.

    At least..I can still watch the original”Mr.Magoo”tv cartoons and “Mr.Magoo’s Christmas Carol”on dvd..I hope that”Uncle Sam Magoo” and”The Famous Adventures Of Mr.Magoo”will be available on DVD very soon?

  2. “The Mr.Magoo”cartoons..those that were produced for the movies and those that were prduced for tv are now being rereleased into new dvd collections..one colelction for “The Mr.Magoo”movie cartoons..the other dvd collection will feature the tv cartoons(Except for “Mr.Magoo’s Christmas Carol”)the musical,yultide tv special will be rereleased onto a seperate dvd with special features.

  3. “The Mr.Magoo”cartoons..those that were produced for the movies and those that were prduced for tv are now being rereleased into new dvd collections..one collection for “The Mr.Magoo”movie cartoons..the other dvd collection will feature the tv cartoons(Except for “Mr.Magoo’s Christmas Carol”)the musical,yultide tv special will be rereleased onto a seperate dvd with special features.

  4. “The Famous Adventures Of Mr.Magoo”are being rerunned saturday mornings at 5:30 A.M. EDT on “ME TV”.

  5. Next Month December 22,2012..NBC TV will honor the 50th anniversary of the debut of”Mr.Magoo’s Christmas Carol”by rerunning the show again in prime time.

    If any of the users of “The Skooldays”site have any memories of seeing this unique animated tv adaptation of Sir Charles Dickens’ Yultide ghost story? please share them with us?

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