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Magoo's Puddle Jumper (1956)

At a used car lot, Mr. Magoo is intent on buying a car for his nephew Waldo. He is slick talked into buying an old clunker thanks to a shifty salesman but he drives it off anyway. ... See full summary »

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Pete Burness

Writer:

Dick Shaw (story)
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Jim Backus ... Mr. Magoo (voice)
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At a used car lot, Mr. Magoo is intent on buying a car for his nephew Waldo. He is slick talked into buying an old clunker thanks to a shifty salesman but he drives it off anyway. Unfortunately, the myopic Magoo drives off a pier and under the ocean where he mistakes the various aquatic surroundings such as fish, sunken boats, and seals for other cars, dilapidated mansions, and a horn happy driver respectively. Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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English

Release Date:

26 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Машина мiстера Магу See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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An abomination!
2 September 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am sure I will ruffle a few feathers, but here is my rant about MAGOO'S PUDDLE JUMPER. This film received the Academy Award for 1957 in the category of Best Animated Short. It was a great year for producer Stephen Bosustow from UPA, as his studio received the only three nominations that year. So, if Magoo didn't win, Gerald McBoing-Boing or one of the studios other "quality products" would win.

So this brings me to the important question: "Was the Academy out of its mind?!". In short, the answer is 'yes'. They had to be, as the UPA films were great examples of very, very cheap animation--with low cel counts, terrible backgrounds (made simple for one reason alone--economy) and characters who weren't fit to be on the same screen as the Looney Tunes or Disney products of the day. Surely Magoo and Gerald McBoing-Boing are NOT in the same league as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck or Goofy!! What were they thinking?!? And before you think I am just a crank, understand that films like BARBARY-COAST BUNNY, A STAR IS BORED and GREEDY FOR TWEETY (all from Looney Tunes in 1956) didn't even get nominated--nor did HOOKED BEAR (Disney).

As for this Magoo film, the animation quality is abysmal and the story about a legally blind man driving about town and into the ocean is just sad...sad because it is so bad. The only positive is Jim Backus' voice talents--they were pretty clever.


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