Animated series featuring Jim Backus's Mr. Magoo character in half-hour adaptations of classic stories for children. Praised by both critics and educators, and well-remembered by fans, the ... See full summary »
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Mr. Magoo (1997)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

The myopic millionaire defeats jewel smugglers in his usual bumbling manner.

Director: Stanley Tong
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Kelly Lynch, Matt Keeslar
What's New, Mr. Magoo? (TV Series 1977)
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The further misadventures of the lovable nearsighted curmudgeon.

Stars: Jim Backus, Bob Ogle, Casey Kasem
Underdog (1964–1973)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The adventures of a rhyming canine superhero.

Stars: George S. Irving, Wally Cox, Allen Swift
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A group of teenage friends and their Great Dane (Scooby-Doo) travel in a bright green van solving strange and hilarious mysteries, while returning from or going to a regular teenage function.

Stars: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe
The Pink Panther Show (1969–1976)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Pink Panther is a heroic, moral cartoon cat with pink fur and the manners of an English aristocrat. He only becomes flustered or angry at obtuse or offensive humans who try to disrupt ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Frees, Rich Little, Dave Barry
The Care Bears Family (1985–1988)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The Care Bears live in a faraway place up in the clouds called Care-a-Lot. They travel around the world on Missions in Caring, whilst evil villains such as Professor Coldheart and Lord No Heart, try to thwart their plans.

Stars: Dan Hennessey, Bob Dermer, Luba Goy
Biker Mice from Mars (1993–1996)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When three alien motorcycle riding mice are forced to leave their home planet of Mars thanks to the evil mining Plutarkians, they rebel against their enemies on planet Earth and the city of Chicago.

Stars: Dorian Harewood, Rob Paulsen, Ian Ziering
Beetle Bailey (TV Series 1963)
Animation | Family | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Stars: Allan Melvin, Howard Morris, June Foray
Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989–1993)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A teenaged genius deals with the usual problems of growing up: having a girlfriend, going to parties, hanging out with his best friend, all this on top of being a licensed physician in a ... See full summary »

Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella, Belinda Montgomery
The Smurfs (1981–1990)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a forest inhabited mainly by their own kind. The smurfs average daily routine is attempting to avoid Gargomel, an evil man who wants to kill our little blue friends.

Stars: Don Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss
The Flintstones (1960–1966)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles.

Stars: Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl
Gilligan's Island (1964–1967)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Seven men and women are stranded on an uncharted island following a torrential storm.

Stars: Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus
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Animated series featuring Jim Backus's Mr. Magoo character in half-hour adaptations of classic stories for children. Praised by both critics and educators, and well-remembered by fans, the program won a prestigious George Foster Peabody award in 1965. Written by Bob Sorrentino

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A Delightful Introduction To Some of the Classics
26 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1962 Jim Backus's famous cartoon character Mr. Quincy McGoo (graduate of Rutgers), was dusted off and made to appear in a television cartoon - a musical entitled "Mr. McGoo's "Christmas Carol"", in which he played Ebenezer Scrooge. It happened to be a very charming version of the Dickens' tale, and was well received. It is usually revived on one network or another in December.

Obviously this series from 1964 was to take advantage of the success of "The Christmas Carol". It was a weekly show with McGoo playing a wide variety of characters from fiction. For example, he played Ismael in a half hour version of "Moby Dick", Victor Frankenstein in a version of the Mary Shelley novel, Edmond Dantes in a version of "The Count Of Monte Cristo", D'Artagnan in a version of "The Three Musketeers", Don Quixote,and Dr. Watson in a Sherlock Holmes adventure. He was also Noah in a retelling of the great flood story from Genesis. The most ambitious retelling was Robin Hood and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Instead of the half-hour format these shows were two episodes or so. In the Robin Hood episode he was not Robin but Friar Tuck, and in the Snow White he was all seven dwarfs (fully possible without trick photography of course - just "trick" cartoon drawing). There was also one episode where he played himself and a crook he was pretending to be, as he worked with Dick Tracy to smash a criminal conspiracy.

The series only lasted one season. It was well handled, and of course it did not get deeply involved in the various plot complexities of Melville, Dumas pere, Doyle, or Cervantes. But it held the attention of a young ten year old who watched it - and it did it's job: encouraged the ten year old to read more.

For Jim Backus it was the last real highpoint in his career as the nearsighted cartoon figure. At least here (except when he played himself and when he was Dr. Watson) he acted more straight - although he kept the voice properly. He would say many years later, on a program about the history of cartoons, that he never heard of any real person with a voice like McGoo's. But it was his first boost to stardom. His next was around the corner. Shortly he was cast as Thuston Howell III in "Gilligan's Island".


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