Kung Fu Magoo

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Kung Fu Magoo
KungFuMagooposter.jpg
U.S. DVD cover
Directed by Andrés Couturier
Produced by Kevin Gamble
Jose C. Garcia de Letona
John Baker
Screenplay by Emmy Laybourne
Sam Laybourne
Story by Emmy Laybourne
Sam Laybourne
Rob Sosin
Bob Mittenthal
Based on Mr. Magoo 
by Millard Kaufman & John Hubley
Starring Dylan Sprouse
Jim Conroy
Alyson Stoner
Lloyd Floyd
Chris Parnell
Maile Flanagan
Rodger Bumpass
Jim Ward
Kenny Mayne
Music by Steffan Andrews
Daniel Ingram
Editing by Antonio Gallardo
Studio DreamWorks Classics
Ánima Estudios
Santo Domingo Films
Motion Toons
Distributed by Vivendi Entertainment
DreamWorks Classics
Release dates
  • May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11)
Running time 80 minutes
Country United States
Mexico
Language English
Budget $2.6 million

Kung Fu Magoo is a Mexican-American animated action-comedy film, based on the Mr. Magoo character, created by Millard Kaufman and John Hubley.[1] This film was produced by Classic Media, Ánima Estudios, and Santo Domingo Films.[2] This film was also produced by Motion Toons, a new animation studio created in conjunction of Ánima Estudios, and Santo Domingo Films.[2]

English voice-cast stars Chris Parnell, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Alyson Stoner and voice actors Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Jim Conroy, and Maile Flanagan. It was released direct-to-DVD in the United States on May 11, 2010.[3] It later had its television premiere on Disney XD on February 7, 2011.[4] It was the first animated feature, featuring Mr. Magoo in more than three decades,[4] and the first Mexican-American production for Ánima Estudios.[5] This film was written by Emmy Laybourne, Sam Laybourne, Rob Sosin, and Bob Mittenthal and directed by Andrés Couturier.

Storyline[edit]

The world's most notorious bad guys are invited to the island fortress of super-villain Tan-Gu (Lloyd Floyd) to compete in an Olympic-style tournament of evil, called the Evilympics. Mr. Magoo (Jim Conroy) and his 12-year-old nephew Justin (Dylan Sprouse) fight giant robot spiders, ninjas on jet skis, and Tan-Gu's mutant "Beasteens", as representatives of the anti-evil task force.

Voice cast[edit]

Additional characters were provided by Robert Tinkler, Wally Wingert, Bob Joles, Fred Travalena, Michael Stanton, Susan Boyajian, and Hope Levy.

Release[edit]

The project had an early screening at Cannes in 2008.[6] The film was originally set for a theatrical release in Mexico in 2009,[1][7] but there was no further information regarding this. On May 11, 2010, the English-language version of the film was released on DVD in the United States, distributed by Vivendi Entertainment.[3] Additional animation was provided by Studio B Productions.[8]

TV version[edit]

When it aired on Disney XD since February 7, 2011, it contained fade-ins and fade-outs of various parts, while the credit animation is sped up.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

This film has received mixed reviews from critics.[9][10] S. Jhoanna Robledo of Common Sense Media gave this film 2 out of 5 stars, saying that "the plot, as it were, is nearly nonsensical, but that has always been Mr. Magoo’s charm. Though he wreaks havoc with his obliviousness -- he often walks into a dangerous situation simply because he literally walks into one -- he successfully extricates himself and saves the world in the process. On the face of it, it’s a nostalgic trip to cartoon history -- Magoo first debuted in the late '40s, and the special effects are certainly pre-CGI -- and it's a welcome relief from the relentlessness and inanity of current fare. But if one must be a stickler, it's also kind of mean, what with all the jokes at an elderly person's expense."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b O'Boyle, Michael (12 February 2008). "Anima, Classic to do 'Magoo'". Variety. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b López Aguirre, Sergio (10 October 2008). "Mr Magoo listo para el Kung Fu". Cine Premiere. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Kung Fu Magoo emerges on DVD | Cartoon Brew
  4. ^ a b DeMott, Rick (12 October 2010). "Disney XD Picks Up 'Kung Fu Magoo' Feature". Animation World Network. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mexicanos dibujarán a Gaturro" (in Spanish). Informador. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Ball, Ryan (9 October 2008). "Kung Fu Magoo Debuts at MIPCOM". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Huerta, Cesar (29 October 2010). "Disney compra filme mexicano animado (in Spanish)". El Universal. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Paul Johnson | LinkedIn (Kung Fu Magoo section)
  9. ^ FilmFather: Kung Fu Magoo (2010) review
  10. ^ a b Kung-Fu Magoo - Movie Review

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