Tuesday, August 30, 2011

mr magoo in sherwood forest (1964)

there is nothing on IMdB about this movie.  all I could find was the Amazon listing, at least that's a start.

watch it now on netflix.  Mr Magoo was always fun when I was a kid, but the cartoon was rare. so it was always a treat.  his version of "A Christmas Carol" was always on every season though.  it had a terrifying moment in it!  way to scare kids!

anyway, this is a fun little telling of the Robin Hood tale, though Friar Tuck takes center stage.  Magoo as Tuck isn't as near sighted as usual, and a lot more on top of things as well.  not quite the dimbulb he is in his series.

it's a surprisingly violent cartoon, with people getting shot by arrows and stabbed (well, no stabs onscreen, but the intention is there).  it's a slightly different version of the legend than others, which is good, but all the same bits are there.

it's told as a flashback, and there's a fun little prologue of Magoo driving to the UPA studios.  enjoyable.

1 comment:

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Arguably "The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo" alone was a much different side of Magoo as he gets to be "the actor" than the near-sighted codger he often was before. It certainly shows given the characters he portrays in every episode. This and "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" did a lot to turn his character around thought I did enjoy what Magoo use to be in those original UPA shorts in the 50's.