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~ Mr. Magoo Catchphrase.

Quincy Magoo (or simply Mr. Magoo) is a cartoon character created at the UPA animation studio in 1949. Voiced by The Late Jim Backus, Quincy Magoo is a wealthy, short-statured retiree who gets into a series of comical situations as a result of his nearsightedness, compounded by his stubborn refusal to admit the problem. However, through uncanny streaks of luck, the situation always seems to work itself out for him, leaving him no worse than before.

An Old Friend of Tracy

In the past, Magoo had starred in a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' story A Christmas Carol that had been specifically written for him. When the Patterson Playhouse staged a production of the show starring Vitamin Flintheart, Magoo attended and encountered Dick Tracy.

Magoo and Tracy had met previously, and Magoo inquired about the fate of a criminal known as Squinty Eyes, whom Magoo resembled. Tracy assured Magoo that Squinty Eyes had been captured.

Appearances in Other Media

Mr. Magoo was the main character in a series of TV specials entitled The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo produced by UPA animation in the 1960s.These specials placed Magoo in famous historical settings or in well-known works of literature and drama. He was voiced by actor Jim Backus.

In the episode "Dick Tracy and the Mob", Mr. Magoo was recruited by Dick Tracy to impersonate a criminal known as Squinty Eyes and infiltrate a gang of Tracy's rogues (being led by Pruneface). Despite his limited vision, Magoo succeeded through ingenuity and luck.

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  • Mr. Magoo appeared in the 1997 live action film of the same name and was portrayed by the late Leslie Nielsen.



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