Ragtime Bear (1949) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • At the Hodge Podge Lodge, a crotchety, near-sighted Mister Magoo takes a banjo-playing bear to be his nephew, Waldo.

  • This is the first of a series of cartoons featuring the near sighted Mister Magoo. He and his nephew, Waldo, are en route to a vacation at a lodge in the mountains and Waldo's banjo playing tends to be rather annoying for Magoo but a nearby grizzly bear is really interested in the banjo. When Waldo falls off a mountain ledge, the bear gets hold of the banjo and starts playing. Magoo is so near sighted, he doesn't know Waldo is gone and thinks the bear playing the banjo is Waldo. When they arrive at their lodge, Magoo and the bear get into more misadventures.

  • Mister Magoo, who is oblivious to the fact of being extremely nearsighted, is heading to Hodge Podge Lodge, a ski resort, accompanied by his banjo playing nephew, Waldo. After Waldo falls off a cliff, a bear, who was enthralled with the banjo music, retrieves the banjo and learns how to play. Unable to see clearly, Mister Magoo still believes the banjo player is his nephew. Mister Magoo's mission is to get his nephew to stop the infernal banjo playing or else do whatever is required to get the banjo away from him, plus learn the reason why his nephew refuses to take off his heavy fur coat. The bear's mission is to keep playing the banjo, or retrieve it from Mister Magoo whenever he has it by doing whatever is required. And Waldo's mission is to climb up from the depths of the ravine to take his rightful place next to his uncle on this ski vacation.



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