Mr. Magoo is making a comeback, and he’s apparently picked some martial arts skills sicne we’ve last seen him. Entertainment Rights (ER) will introduce Kung Fu Magoo at MIPCOM in Cannes next week. Produced in conjunction with Mexico’s Anima Estudios, Motion Toons and ER’s Classic Media, the 80-minute feature film is slated for theatrical release in Mexico in 2009. Genius Products will release it on DVD in North America.
In Kung Fu Magoo, Quincy Magoo and his 12-year-old nephew, Justin, dodge giant robotic spiders, ninjas on jet skis and the mutant ‘Beasteens,’ which are half animal and half teenage girl, all before the Evil-lympics even begin. When supervillain Tan-Gu invites the world’s most notorious bad guys to his island fortress to compete in an Olympic-style tournament of evil, the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. With competitions like the 100-meter Destructive Rampage, Laser Cage Wrestling and the Evil Egg and Spoon Race, Justin must work double-time to help his uncle stay in the competition and avoid danger at every turn. The movie features the voices of Cole Sprouse and Dylan Sprouse from the hit Disney Channel show The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, as well as Alyson Stoner from Camp Rock.
Mr. Magoo was introduced by UPA in1949, starring in Academy Award-winning theatrical shorts, three hit television series, an animated holiday TV special and a live action movie starring Leslie Nielsen. The character’s voice was originally provided by Jim Backus, who played Thurston Howell III on Gilligan’s Island.