Kung-Fu Magoo is a 2010 Mexican-American animated action comedy film based on the Mr. Magoo character, created by Millard Kaufman and John Hubley. This film was produced by Classic Media, Ánima Estudios, and Santo Domingo Films. It was also produced by Motion Toons, a new animation studio created in conjunction with Ánima Estudios, and Santo Domingo Films. English voice-cast stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Alyson Stoner and voice actors Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Jim Conroy, Chris Parnell, and Maile Flanagan.
U.S. DVD cover
|Directed by||Andrés Couturier|
|Produced by||Kevin Gamble|
Jose C. Garcia de Letona
|Screenplay by||Emmy Laybourne|
|Story by||Emmy Laybourne|
|Based on||Mr. Magoo|
by Millard Kaufman & John Hubley
|Music by||Daniel Ingram|
|Edited by||Antonio Gallardo|
|Distributed by||Vivendi Entertainment|
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
The first animated feature featuring Mr. Magoo in more than three decades, and the first U.S.-Mexico co-production for Ánima Estudios, it is written by Emmy Laybourne, Sam Laybourne, Rob Sosin, and Bob Mittenthal and directed by Andrés Couturier.
The world's most notorious bad guys are invited to the island fortress of super-villain Tan-Gu (Lloyd Floyd) to compete in an Olympic-style tournament of evil, called the Evilympics. Mr. Quincy Magoo (Jim Conroy) and his 12-year-old nephew Justin (Dylan Sprouse) fight giant robot spiders, ninjas on jet skis, and Tan-Gu's "Beasteen" mutants, as representatives of the anti-evil task force.
- Jim Conroy as Mr. Quincy Magoo, the title character
- Dylan Sprouse as Justin Magoo, Quincy's nephew
- Lloyd Floyd as Tan Gu, the founder of the Evilympics
- Chris Parnell as Cole Fusion, a famous actor/secret agent/good guy who competes at the Evilympics, before deciding that he likes being evil.
- Alyson Stoner as Lorelei Tan Gu, Justin's love interest and daughter of Tan Gu
- Cole Sprouse as Brad Landry, a school bully who picks on Justin
- Rodger Bumpass as General Smith, an army general who plans to launch an attack on the island
- Jim Ward as General Bonkopp, an army general who is against General Smith's launch plan
- Jeff Bennett as Sid, Justin's best friend
- Kenny Mayne as Himself
- Tom Kenny as Dr. Malicio
- Maile Flanagan as Orangu-Tammy
- Candi Milo as Gor-Illiana
- Ryan Bollman as Corporal Hayes
- April Stewart as Was-Elizabeth
- Jennifer Hale as Agent L / Leslie Destructo
The project had an early screening at MIPCOM at Cannes, France in 2008. On May 11, 2010, the English-language version of the film was released on DVD in the United States, distributed by Vivendi Entertainment. The film was also originally set for a theatrical release in Mexico in 2009, distributed by Videocine, but there was no further information regarding this, to date. It instead had its Mexican premiere on Cartoon Network in 2011. The film was dedicated to Alfredo Harp Calderoni, the film's executive producer and son of Mexican businessman, Alfredo Harp Helú, who died after production in 2009.
This film was panned by critics. S. Jhoanna Robledo of Common Sense Media gave this film 2 out of 5 stars, saying that "the plot, as it were, is nearly nonsensical, but that has always been Mr. Magoo’s charm. Though he wreaks havoc with his obliviousness -- he often walks into a dangerous situation simply because he literally walks into one -- he successfully extricates himself and saves the world in the process. On the face of it, it’s a nostalgic trip to cartoon history -- Magoo first debuted in the late '40s, and the special effects are certainly pre-CGI -- and it's a welcome relief from the relentlessness and inanity of current fare. But if one must be a stickler, it's also kind of mean, what with all the jokes at an elderly person's expense."
When it aired on Disney XD on 2 April 2011, it was viewed by 1.6 million viewers among Kids 6-11 (0.5 million/2 rating). In a recent airing, the film was viewed by 254,000 viewers among ages 2 and over, with a 0.2 household rating.
As of 2018, Kung-Fu Magoo has been broadcast on the following networks:
|Disney XD / Disney Cinemagic|
|Canal 5 / Cartoon Network|
|Disney XD / Universal Kids / Netflix / Amazon Prime Video|
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