Kung Fu Magoo
|Kung Fu Magoo|
U.S. DVD cover
|Directed by||Andrés Couturier|
|Produced by||Kevin Gamble
Jose C. Garcia de Letona
|Screenplay by||Emmy Laybourne
|Story by||Emmy Laybourne
|Based on||Mr. Magoo
by Millard Kaufman & John Hubley
|Music by||Steffan Andrews
|Editing by||Antonio Gallardo|
Santo Domingo Films
|Distributed by||Vivendi Entertainment
|Running time||80 minutes|
Kung Fu Magoo is a Mexican-American animated action-comedy film, based on the Mr. Magoo character, created by Millard Kaufman and John Hubley. This film was produced by Classic Media, Ánima Estudios, and Santo Domingo Films. This film was also produced by Motion Toons, a new animation studio created in conjunction of Ánima Estudios, and Santo Domingo Films.
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. It later had its television premiere on Disney XD on February 7, 2011. It was the first animated feature, featuring Mr. Magoo in more than three decades, and the first Mexican-American production for Ánima Estudios. This film was written by Emmy Laybourne, Sam Laybourne, Rob Sosin, and Bob Mittenthal and directed by Andrés Couturier.
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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.
- Dylan Sprouse as Justin Magoo, Quincy's nephew
- Jim Conroy as Quincy Magoo, the title character
- Alyson Stoner as Lorelei Tan Gu, Justin's love interest and father of Tan Gu
- Cole Sprouse as Brad Landry, Justin's bully
- Chris Parnell as Cole Fusion
- Lloyd Floyd as Tan Gu
- Rodger Bumpass as General Smith
- Jim Ward as General Bonkopp
- Jeff Bennett as Sid
- Tom Kenny as Dr. Malicio
- Kenny Mayne as Himself
- Maile Flanagan as Orangu-Tammy
- Candi Milo as Gor-Illiana
- Ryan Bollman as Corporal Hayes
- April Stewart as Weas-Elizabeth
- Jennifer Hale Agent L / Leslie Destructo
The project had an early screening at Cannes in 2008. The film was originally set for a theatrical release in Mexico in 2009, 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. Additional animation was provided by Studio B Productions.
This film has received mixed reviews from critics. 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."
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