Note: Much more important than the frivolity of this post, keep in mind those most closely affected by the recent school shooting in Connecticut.
Not only is Mr. Magoo one of my all-time favorites, TV Guide selected him as #29 on their all-time favorites – and the idea came to me last week that this is the perfect time to honor him.
Quincy Magoo – a wealthy, nearsighted, crotchety (but lovable) retiree
Graduate of Rutgers University, class of 1903
First appearance, The Ragtime Bear (1949)
Created by John Hubley and UPA Animation Studio
UPA created 54 shorts
Most-notably voiced by character-actor Jim Backus
Nominated for four Oscars, but won two: When Magoo Flew (1955) and Magoo’s Puddle Jumper (1956)
Most Famous Catchphrase: “Oh Magoo, you’ve done it again!”
Release an album, Magoo (1957)
Here’s some clips of Mcgoo, followed by more info!
Other Characters (a partial list)
Waldo (nephew) (voiced by Casey Kasem in the 1970s)
Bowser (Siamese cat that Mcgoo thought was a dog)
Wheeler and Dealer (children he occasionally babysat)
Mother Magoo (first voiced by Henny Backus)
McBarker (nearsighted dog in the 1970s)
Worchestershire (Tycoon Mcgoo’s butler)
Had three TV series
Helped advertise General Electric products in the 1950s and 1960s
Appeared in this ad for Stag Beer
Mr. Magoo is a perfect honoree for the season because his one-hour portrayal of Scrooge in Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol – a holiday classic from the 1960s. To me, the commercial of Santa on a Norelco sleigh started the Christmas season, and Mcgoo’s version of the Charles Dickens’ classic was a must-watch event – in which he sang this song: Ringle, Ringle
Holiday cheers to Quincy Mcgoo, and for those needing to see Mr. Mcgoo’s Christmas Carol in its entirety, here it is.