The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo
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|The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo|
|Written by||Walter Black
|Directed by||Abe Levitow (supervising)
Steve Clark (sequence)
Ray Patterson (sequence)
|Voices of||Jim Backus
|Theme music composer||Carl Brandt|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Henry G. Saperstein|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||United Productions of America|
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
|Original release||19 September 1964 – 24 April 1965|
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo is an animated television series, produced by United Productions of America, which aired for one season (1964 –1965) on the NBC network (usually on Sundays from 6:30-7:00PM Eastern). The television series was based on the original cartoon of the same name, with Jim Backus reprising the voice over of the role he did on TV: while doing this show, he continued with the prime time show Gilligan's Island.
Unlike the theatrical cartoons, which focused on the extremely nearsighted Quincy Magoo's bumbling, the show featured the Magoo character as an actor in adaptations of such literary classics as Don Quixote and Gunga Din. Each of these roles was played seriously, with few if any references to Magoo's nearsightedness; however, introductory segments in each program featured Magoo backstage stumbling into scenery and talking to props, thus connecting the older cartoons to this series. Some stories were contained in a single half-hour episode, but others ran to two and even four episodes. As UPA did not have its own studio facility the production was farmed out to the Grantray-Lawrence and Format Films studios.
Among the most ambitious adaptations mounted in this format were the four-part Robin Hood, in which he took the role of Friar Tuck; Treasure Island, in which he played the villainous Long John Silver; and a version of Snow White in which he portrayed all seven dwarves (much easier in an animated setting, with no trick photography needed).
The series was re-shown in the early 1970s on early Saturday mornings and the early 1980s as part of certain channels' weekday afternoon cartoon blocs. Certain episodes were released on VHS tape, but have since gone out of print.
The series was originally shown in prime time, and not as part of an animated bloc for juvenile viewers, therefore certain more mature elements were present. These included death threats (William Tell, Robin Hood, Don Quixote, The Three Musketeers, Sherlock Holmes), children in danger (Treasure Island, Gunga Din, William Tell), insanity (Don Quixote, Moby Dick), heroic self-sacrifice (Gunga Din), religious themes (Noah's Ark), and realistic (although mostly bloodless) violence including swordplay, shooting, clubbing, drowning, and character deaths (most episodes).
|01||"William Tell"||September 19, 1964|
|02||"Treasure Island"— Part 1||September 26, 1964|
|02||"Treasure Island"— Part 2||October 3, 1964|
|03||"Gunga Din"||October 10, 1964|
|04||"Moby Dick"||October 17, 1964|
|05||"The Three Musketeers"— Part 1||October 24, 1964|
|05||"The Three Musketeers"— Part 2||November 7, 1964|
|06||"Robin Hood"— Part 1||November 14, 1964|
|06||"Robin Hood"— Part 2||November 21, 1964|
|6||"Robin Hood"— Part 3||November 28, 1964|
|6||"Robin Hood"— Part 4||December 5, 1964|
|7||"Don Quixote de la Mancha"— Part 1||December 19, 1964|
|8||"Cyrano de Bergerac"||December 26, 1964|
|9||"Snow White"— Part 1||January 2, 1965|
|9||"Snow White"— Part 2||January 9, 1965|
|10||"Rip Van Winkle"||January 16, 1965|
|11||"Dick Tracy and the Mob"||February 6, 1965|
|12||"A Midsummer Night's Dream"||February 13, 1965|
|13||"The Count of Monte Cristo"||February 27, 1965|
|14||"Doctor Frankenstein"||March 13, 1965|
|7||"Don Quixote de la Mancha"— Part 2||March 20, 1965|
|15||"Captain Kidd"||March 27, 1965|
|16||"Noah's Ark"||April 3, 1965|
|17||"Sherlock Holmes"||April 10, 1965|
|18||"King Arthur"||April 17, 1965|
|19||"Paul Revere"||April 24, 1965|
On November 8, 2011, Shout! Factory released Mr. Magoo: The Television Collection 1960-1977 on DVD in Region 1. This 11-disc collection contains all episodes from all 3 Mr. Magoo television series including all 26 episodes of The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo.
- "Mr. Magoo DVD news: Box Art and Contents for Mr. Magoo on TV Collection: 1960-1977". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2012-06-13.