Mr. Magoo Theatrical Shorts Coming to DVD in April

Shout! Factory has set a release date for its long-awaited (and long-delayed) DVD set Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection: The Theatrical Collection, 1949-1959. The four-disc set, which collects all 53 UPA theatrical shorts starring the myopic Magoo, as well as the full-length feature 1001 Arabian Nights, will be released on April 22, 2014.

Sony, which owns the shorts, has digitally remastered the films from the original negatives, and twelve of the shorts will be presented in anamorphic widescreen. Our earlier reports about the set also indicated that there would be bonuses like pencil tests and audio commentaries by the likes of Emily Hubley and John Canemaker.

Between this and the 2012 Jolly Frolics set, UPA’s entire theatrical short output will now be available on DVD. And while 53 Magoo shorts can be overload for even the most hardcore UPA fan (because seriously, you can only mistake something for something else so many times before it gets tiresome), the shorts have much to offer in the way of Cartoon Modern-era character, background and color design. If the shorts are remastered to the standard of the Jolly Frolics, and there’s no reason to believe they won’t be, this promises to be one of the finest classic animation releases of 2014. Now all that’s left is for someone to release the seventy-some-odd shorts that comprise the studio’s innovative and unconventional TV series The Boing Boing Show.

Pre-order Mister Magoo Theatrical Shorts on Amazon for $31.44.

Below is the complete list of Magoo shorts that will appear on the set:
Ragtime Bear (1949)
Spellbound Hound (1950)
Trouble Indemnity (1950)
Bungled Bungalow (1950)
Barefaced Flatfoot (1951)
Fuddy Duddy Buddy (1951)
Grizzly Golfer (1951)
Sloppy Jalopy (1952)
The Dog Snatcher (1952)
Pink and Blue Blues (1952)
Hotsy Footsy (1952)
Captains Outrageous (1952)
Safety Spin (1953)
Magoo’s Masterpiece (1953)
Magoo Slept Here (1953)
Magoo Goes Skiing (1954)
Kangaroo Courting (1954)
Destination Magoo (1954)
When Magoo Flew (1955)
Magoo’s Check-Up (1955)
Magoo’s Express (1955)
Madcap Magoo (1955)
Stage Door Magoo (1955)
Magoo Makes News (1955)
Magoo’s Canine Mutiny (1956)
Magoo Goes West (1956)
Calling Dr. Magoo (1956)
Magoo Beats the Heat (1956)
Magoo’s Puddle Jumper (1956)
Trailblazer Magoo (1956)
Magoo’s Problem Child (1956)
Meet Mother Magoo (1956)
Magoo Goes Overboard (1957)
Matador Magoo (1957)
Magoo Breaks Par (1957)
Magoo’s Glorious Fourth (1957)
Magoo’s Masquerade (1957)
Magoo Saves the Bank (1957)
Rock-Hound Magoo (1957)
Magoo’s Moose Hunt (1957)
Magoo’s Private War (1957)
Magoo’s Young Manhood (1958)
Scoutmaster Magoo (1958)
The Explosive Mr. Magoo (1958)
Magoo’s Three-Point Landing (1958)
Magoo’s Cruise (1958)
Love Comes to Magoo (1958)
Gumshoe Magoo (1958)
Bwana Magoo (1959)
Magoo’s Homecoming (1959)
Merry Minstrel Magoo (1959)
Magoo’s Lodge Brother (1959)
Terror Faces Magoo (1959)

(Thanks, Anthony DiPaola, via Cartoon Brew’s Facebook group)


  • Jonathan Lyons

    Excellent! I need to brush up on Mr. Magoo.

  • James Fox

    I say go for it on pushing DreamWorks to do a DVD release of The Gerald McBoing-Boing Show (as long as you demand to be part of the project so it won’t wind up like Shout! Factory’s Underdog and Tennesee Tuxedo sets)

    I miss Quiet Town and Dusty The Circus Boy

    • AmidAmidi

      Well, now that DreamWorks owns Dusty, maybe I can convince them to remake it in CG. Wouldn’t this look good with specular highlights on the eyes?

      • James Fox

        I think we’re better with a DVD set on the show

    • Anthony D.

      Don’t blame Shout! on the Underdog and Tennessee Tuxedo sets. Classic Media gave Shout! whatever they had. Thankfully now that DreamWorks has Classic Media, things can finally change for their library for the better.
      And thanks for mentioning me Amid. I’m flattered. ^_^

  • Suzanne Scherrer

    I’m so glad that I didn’t order the MOD of 1001 Arabian Nights. I’m definitely looking forward to this set.

  • Joseph_Hudak

    This is another set in which the earliest cartoons will likely be the best ones.

    I’ve heard UPA really ran the Magoo series into the ground in the later seen and I have a morbid curiosity to see just how steep that downhill slide is. I have watched 1001 Arabian Nights and liked it a lot better than I thought I would in large part to the comically villainous Jafar character. We shall see.

  • https://vimeo.com/channels/wharton Brett Wharton

    Thank you “Shout Factory” (whoever you are…) But where’s the Blu-Ray? Gosh, this set was mega-delayed…

  • Roberto Severino

    Definitely buying even if the later cartoons aren’t up to par like the earlier ones.

  • Roberto Severino

    I’m very hesitant to watch any of those later ones but out of curiosity I also want to see them to see how bad these shorts got. Latest Magoo cartoons I ever watched were a few really bad TV ones and “When Magoo Flew.”

    • Chris Sobieniak

      You can tell the popularity of Magoo kept that studio going at all by that point. Those earlier ones are far superior if only because they hadn’t quite nailed down the formula entirely.