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Mr. Magoo sets off to go to the movies but goes to an airport by mistake and gets on a plane thinking it to be a theater. Little does Magoo know the man he is sitting next to is actually a thief and when a detective appears on the plane to track the thief down, Magoo thinks it's all part of the movie. After doing some wing walking, Magoo reenters the plane and exposes the thief to the detective. When the plane lands, Magoo remarks that they should have shown a cartoon particularly one with that "delightful near sighted fellow". Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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The funniest cartoon character of them all, Mr. Magoo, flying high in When Magoo Flew.


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WHEN MAGOO FLEW {Short} (Pete Burness, 1954) ***
25 February 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I recall watching the UPA cartoons featuring "The Nearsighted Mister Magoo" – as his full credit appears here – on Italian TV as a kid; for the record, the "Leslie Halliwell Film Guide" rates his 1952 'vehicle' BAREFACED FLATFOOT a highly respectable ***! Recently, too, I did catch his inevitable 1962 rendition – via a half-hour special – of "A Christmas Carol"; however, I did not bother with the live-action Leslie Nielsen incarnation (or, should I say, abomination) when it emerged in the late 1990s. Anyway, this delightful effort emerged the winner of the Best Animated Short Oscar: typically voiced by Jim Backus, Magoo goes out to experience a 3-D movie but he invariably takes a detour and winds up a passenger on a plane; he takes the flight to be the realism of the movie and, when the man next to him disappears but leaves his bag behind (he proves to be a spy being chased by cops), Magoo goes to look for him all over the place – literally, even walking on the wings of the plane, through clouds (which he mistakes for the smoking area of the theatre!) and even sliding across the cockpit windscreen to demand the flabbergasted pilots if they have seen the man in question! Incidentally, among the film's competitors at the Oscars were Tex Avery's CRAZY MIXED-UP PUP and the "Tom & Jerry" swashbuckler TOUCHE', PUSSYCAT!


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