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Friday, April 15, 2011

M is for Mr. Magoo!

I dedicate this month-long challenge to children, with nephew Jeremy topping my list. Much thanks to the animated or more serious characters who agreed (or not) to conduct interviews this month. Sure, I had to promise them 80% of my profits, but a few are altruistic to the core. At least, that sounds good. Right? My point: Have fun reading this or doing something else. Give a child a hug today too.


Mr Magoo drives through Wordpress, sending hoards of hoity-toity writers into a panic.

Oblivious as ever, he proceeds to steer the ‘ole clunker into Facebook. “Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg! I heard you’re being sued again. I’ve got eight lawyers. Let me know if you need one!”

Next, we watch Magoo counter traffic across the Golden Gate bridge. In San Francisco, he smashes through the front doors of Twitter headquarters. His car stops an inch from the cheery twitter bird. “Road hog! You’re driving like a maniac!” He hollers, sending the once happy bird into a spastic chicken dance.

Alas, Magoo floors the gas and plows through a supersized Whatchamacallit that graces the set of Life by Chocolate.

Robyn: Mr. Magoo, Mr. Magoo, I’m over here! You made it!

Mr. Magoo: You’re all nuts, I tell ya! I risked my life for this! Chocolate bits project into his mouth, which he hasn't yet closed. Mmm, not bad. Not bad at all.

John Hubley created Mr. Magoo in 1949. Jim Backus--also known for his role as Mr. Thurston Howell, III on Gilligan’s Island--voiced the character. Mr. Magoo was integral to my childhood. Yours too?


  1. of course....

    I think I am older than you...but yes!

    Wanna come over for some chocolate? How's Life in Paradise going? love it or hate it?


  2. Somehow, I missed Mr. Magoo, but we lived in such little town in northern MN that I think there were areas we only got 2 or 3 stations...


  3. Yeah. I never really knew the guy either. But I do have a friend whose email address is Magooo-something-or-other. That's all I've got on the him. Seems like a nice enough man, though.

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  5. Loved Mr. Magoo! I still refer to people by his name! They have no idea what I am talking about half the time. I try to explain, but it gets lost in translation.

  6. Haha, perfect. There's a giant whatchamacallit on your set? Hmm... mayhap I need to rethink my apartment's design. Giant chocolate seems like it's the way to go.

  7. He wasn't as big in my childhood, but I do know who he is. :) And this cracked me up!!

  8. Happy Friday Robyn Love :)
    He looks familar. I'm thinking my Dad use to watch it!
    oh, I haven't had a Whatchamacallit in years! That sounds good!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Love ya
    gi gi

  9. I loved Mr. Magoo. Jim Backus even did commercials for Canfield soda as Mr. Magoo. I don't know if Canfield was just regional to the Chicago area or if it was national.
    I used to like watching the show after school and all of the movies.

  10. How did I NOT know he was voiced over by Jim Backus?!!! I used to LOVE watching this! Thanks for the knowledge. I feel just a wee bit smarter today!

  11. In fact, my favorite tale, by far, of "A Christmas Carol" was the one starring Mr. Magoo. Or, as Charlie, his Japanese houseboy in the politically incorrect 60s, used to call him: Mr. Magloo.

  12. Ah of course, Jim Bacus! I didnt realise, but of course, i can hear him now..

    Zuckerberg needs a new lawyer like he needs another 20 million... damn, he just made that in the time it took for this response.. and theres another few and....

  13. i really don't know who hi is but now i know after reading your post.

    i love Mr Magoo!

    happy weekend, my friend!
    big hugs!

    betty xx

  14. I love Mr. Magoo. I swear I have a few of them in my life!

  15. Thank you for chiming in regarding Mr. Magoo. I've ambivalent feelings towards him. Loved him as a kid, hate him now. He irritatingly reminds me of me.
    Jim Backus is great, though.

    xo Robyn