Friday, 27 February 2015
103 Mr Magoo
First watched : Uncertain
They don't make them like this anymore. A cartoon that relies for its humour on the misfortunes of a visually impaired man ? I don't think so.
Mr Magoo was the 1949 creation of Millard Kaufman and Thomas Hubley who had both been fingered as communists and in his early shorts he was a caricature of a blinkered McCarthyite. When a nervous Hubley handed over the character to the studio's creative director Pete Burness the character was de-politicised and as voiced by Jim Backus became a crotchety Everyman who was just too stubborn to admit the diminution of his powers. Guilty pleasure or not it was usually pretty funny.
Magoo has largely been put to bed since the TV series What's New Mr Magoo ? finished in 1977. Backus expired in 1989 and a live action film version starring Leslie Nielsen died at the box office in 1997.