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Merry Minstrel Magoo (1959)

Passed  -  Family | Animation | Short  -  9 April 1959 (USA)
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Magoo's nephew, Waldo, is watching Tarzan on TV. Magoo thinks Waldo is watching a talent show and, convinced he can do better than the other contestants, volunteers to go on the show with ... See full summary »

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Magoo's nephew, Waldo, is watching Tarzan on TV. Magoo thinks Waldo is watching a talent show and, convinced he can do better than the other contestants, volunteers to go on the show with his softshoe routine. However, instead of going to the TV studio, Magoo instead goes into a dentist's office. When it's his turn, Magoo breaks into a softshoe and the dentist realizes Magoo must be mistaken and leads him out the back door where various passersby are impressed with Magoo's act throwing him money. Magoo returns home with the money convinced he won first place on the show! Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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A contractual obligation cartoon

This is a Mister Magoo short done by the UPA Studios. There will be spoilers ahead:

I can't truly say that any of the Magoo shorts are BAD, but there are some which are stale and tedious beyond description. This is one of those shorts.

The plot, such as it is, revolves around Magoo mistaking a Tarzan-like show on TV for a talent competition and deciding to compete! Naturally, it wouldn't be a Magoo short if he wound up anywhere near where he intended to go (though that actually happened a few times) so Magoo winds up at a dentist's office and almost immediately unsettles dentist and staff with his "act".

Magoo is eventually ushered into the alley, where, inexplicably, passersby throw money instead of rocks as Magoo does his "performance. Bits and pieces here have seen service to better effect in other shorts. Magoo heads home with money, convinced he won first prize in the "talent show".

The Magoo theatricals and a Magoo feature film are now available on DVD through Shout! Factory. The box set is excellent.


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