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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mr. Magoo (2019) is an animated series based on the iconic cartoon character that features fun, lighthearted stories about a disaster-prone man who always manages to escape the chaos he creates. As is typical with earlier iterations of the franchise, there's lots of slapstick fantasy violence, like chases, explosions, and people being shot into the air and hit with heavy objects. No one gets hurt. There is also some very subtle, clean humor that will go over younger kids' heads, and some viewers may consider the show to be insensitive to people with disabilities.
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What's the story?
MR MAGOO is a kids' animated series about a lovely gentlemen who inadvertently wreaks havoc wherever he goes. Mr. Magoo (voiced by Ian Hanlin) can't see well without his glasses. As a result, he confuses what is in front of him with what he wants to believe is there. Luckily, his dog Angus is always ready to save him from himself. But Mr. Magoo still manages to create all sorts of chaos for those around him, including Hamster Fizz (Colin Murdock), an unsavory rodent who, with the help of his sidekick Mr. Weasel (Shawn Macdonald), is looking for ways to take over the world.
Is it any good?
This amusing installment of the Mr. Magoo franchise features lots of entertaining moments as the oblivious Mr. Magoo happily navigates through life thinking that he's in control. The ever loyal Angus goes to great lengths to keep him from getting hurt, often at his own expense, which leads to lots of slapstick humor. Also fun is Hamster Fizz's megalomaniacal efforts and odd inventions, which underscore his desperation to be relevant. Despite some of the more nuanced humor that will go over kids' heads, there are enough falls, crashes, singed hair-filled mishaps, and comical near-death experiences to keep them entertained. Overall, Mr. Magoo creates an enjoyable viewing experience that classic cartoon fans of all ages will enjoy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reason Mr. Magoo continues to be popular. How do the characters withstand the test of time? What makes them appealing across generations?
How does this series compare to the classic 1960 version of the show? What are some of the differences between the two? What about similarities?
The Mr. Magoo concept has been criticized for poking fun at the visually impaired. Do you think this was the intention of the creator? What makes something offensive rather than good-humored fun?
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