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Jim Backus,

1913 - 1989

United Productions of America (UPA) was a cartoon studio formed in the mid-1940s by a bunch of maverick young animators determined to create true art in the form of animation. After excelling in the production of a number of political and commercial productions, the studio graduated to theatrical cartoons when, in 1948, Columbia Pictures decided to fold its in-house animation studio and hire the fledgling outfit instead.

Nobody really knows who created (Quincy Magoo) Mr Magoo. Millard Kaufman wrote the script for that first outing. Director John Hubley certainly had a great deal of input. But when most people think of the character, the one element that stands out most strongly is the voice of actor Jim Backus (best known as millionaire Thurston Howell in the 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island). Backus was encouraged to ad-lib in his depiction of the crotchety old coot, and to ham it up to his heart's content. A great deal of the final product represents his off-the-cuff creativity.

#U9 - UPA - 'Millie', 1960's. The model drawing rendered in graphite pencil measures 2.75' X 5.75', bearing the UPA stamp - 'STUDIO USE ONLY'.

The drawing is hand signed - Saludos Buggins! ABE LEVITOW

SOLD

#U20 - UPA - (DePatie-Freleng) 'Mr. Magoo', 1977. The 'Multi-Magoo' image area measures 10.50' X 8.25'.

Everyones favorite geezer gets ready for a little near-sighted fun in the sun in this rare model cel for his new series Whats New, Mr. Magoo?

Not For Sale

#U25 - 'Mr. Magoo', 1950's. This full sheet original drawing is rendered in red, yellow, blue and graphite pencil. The image area measures 4.00' X 4.50',bearing the UPA pictures signature- numbered M-12.

*$875 SOLD

   

Mr MAGOO CELS - MR MAGOO DRAWINGS

#U4 - Mr. Magoo, 'Midnight Summers Dream' (1965). Rare 6 cel setup'

#U4 - Mr. Magoo, 'Midnight Summers Dream' (1965). Rare 6 cel setup'

Price: $1200

#U4 - UPA "Mr. Magoo's Literary Classics, 'Midnight Summers Dream' from The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo, February 13, 1965. This Magoo is a 'rare 6 cel' setup, full and uncut. To make up this scene UPA would put parts of the bodies on seperate cels so the mouths or arms could move and they wouldn't have to repaint each time. This NBC show presented Magoo in a variety of roles, portraying various literary and historical figures. 13 hour-long episodes were produced, some being 2 half-hour stories combined into one program.

#U2 - 'Mr. Magoo' (1954).

#U2 - 'Mr. Magoo' (1954).

Price: $700

#U2 - UPA - 'Mr. Magoo', 1954. The image area measures 1.50' X 3.50' rendered on a full sheet. This Rare Magoo and Lab coat assistant's painted cel area measures 7.00 X 5.50 bearing production number P-50 134. Although first seen as a regular series in 1960, the character of Mr. Magoo actually dates back to 1949, when he starred in a series of UPA theatrical animated shorts. In 1956, Quincy Magoo could be seen on four 60-second spots, hawking beer.

#U1 - 'Mr. Magoo' (1954).

#U1 - 'Mr. Magoo' (1954).

Price: $500

#U1 - UPA - 'Mr. Magoo', 1954. The image area measures 1.50' X 3.00' rendered on a half sheet measuring 4.00' X 10.00'. Paint missing right arm. Mr. Magoo was a snooty, incredibly near-sighted character who was constantly getting himself into comedic trouble due to his intense myopia and chronic stubborness. Despite his lack of vision, Magoo had been entrusted as the caretaker of his little nephew Waldo, who was always drawn in to his uncles mishaps.

#MG28 - 'Mr. Magoo' (1954).

#MG28 - 'Mr. Magoo' (1954).

Price: $800

#MG28 - UPA 'Mr. Magoo', 1954. This full sheet Mr. Magoo's painted cel area measures 3.75' X 4.75' bearing production number S-N at top left corner. Reverse side of card, which the cel is stapled to, bears the copywright 1954 United Production of America seal.

#MG27 - Mr. Magoo, (1954).

#MG27 - Mr. Magoo, (1954).

Price: $250

#MG27 - UPA 'Mr. Magoo', 1954. This full sheet Lab coat assistant and figure's painted cel area measures 5.75' X 5.75' bearing production number B32. Reverse side of card, which the cel is stapled to, bears the copywright 1954 United Production of America seal. Paint missing on Doctor and boy.

#U3 - 'Mr. Magoo', (1960).

#U3 - 'Mr. Magoo', (1960).

Price: $175

#U3 - UPA 'Mr. Magoo', 1960. This cel is on a full sheet. The image size of Magoo measures 4.00' X 5.75', bearing production production number 139.

#U13 - 'Mr. Magoo' (1970's).

#U13 - 'Mr. Magoo' (1970's).

Price: $400

#U13 - DePatie-Freleng studio - 'Mr. Magoo', 1970's. The painted image area measures 2.50' X 4.00', bearing production number MG6.

#U6 -  'What's New, Mister Magoo,' Hand Signed by Friz Freleng (1977).

#U6 - 'What's New, Mister Magoo,' Hand Signed by Friz Freleng (1977).

Price: $550

#U6 - Friz Freleng's 'What's New, Mister Magoo,' 1977. This image is on a full uncut sheet. The character image area measures 4.00' X 2.00',bearing the original signature of the late, great Friz Freleng.

#U7 - 'What's New, Mister Magoo,' Hand Signed by Friz Freleng (1977).

#U7 - 'What's New, Mister Magoo,' Hand Signed by Friz Freleng (1977).

Price: $550

#U7 - Friz Freleng's 'What's New, Mister Magoo,' 1977. This image is on a full uncut sheet. The character image area measures 4.00' X 2.00', bearing the original signature of the late, great Friz Freleng.

#U10 - Mr Magoo, '1001 Arabian Nights' (1959). (Matted and Framed)

#U10 - Mr Magoo, '1001 Arabian Nights' (1959). (Matted and Framed)

Price: $900

#U10 - UPA - Magoo Feature Film, '1001 Arabian Nights', 1959. This image is on a full uncut sheet, matted and framed The Magoo image area measures 2.50' X 4.00'. Mr. Magoo plays nearsighted lamp dealer in ancient Baghdad, protecting his love-struck nephew Aladdin with his flying carpet and magic lamp. (Matted and Framed)

#U12 - Friz Freleng's 'What's New, Mister Magoo' (1977).

#U12 - Friz Freleng's 'What's New, Mister Magoo' (1977).

Price: $375

#U12 - Friz Freleng's 'What's New, Mister Magoo,' 1977. This image is on a full uncut sheet. The Magoo image size measures 2.50' X 2.00', bearing production number MA-20.

#U5 - Mr Magoo, 'The Famous Adventures of Mister Magoo' (1960's).

#U5 - Mr Magoo, 'The Famous Adventures of Mister Magoo' (1960's).

Price: $750

#U5 - UPA classic series 'The Famous Adventures of Mister Magoo', 1960's. The original full sheet drawing is rendered in graphite pencil. The Magoo image area measures 2.00' X 3.25', bearing a UPA stamp with production number B8 (6011 78).

#U21 - 'Mr. Magoo', 'General Electric' (1960's).

#U21 - 'Mr. Magoo', 'General Electric' (1960's).

Price: $250

#U21 - UPA - 'Mr. Magoo', 1960's. This original full sheet production drawing features Mister Magoo from the popular 1960's 'General Electric' lightbulb TV commercial. The image area measures 5.50' X 8.25'.

#U22 - Mr Magoo, 'McBarker, the Wonder Dog' (1977).

#U22 - Mr Magoo, 'McBarker, the Wonder Dog' (1977).

Price: $175

#U22 - DePatie-Freleng Enterprises - 'McBarker, the Wonder Dog' 1977. This Freleng Studio Magoo production characture measures 3.00' X 4.00, bearing production number H-4 6014. This short series consisted of two stories per show and paired the nearsighted Magoo with his nephew Waldo and a nearsighted talking dog, McBarker.

#U23 - Mr Magoo, 'McBarker, the Wonder Dog', (1977).

#U23 - Mr Magoo, 'McBarker, the Wonder Dog', (1977).

Price: $495

#U23 - DePatie-Freleng Enterprises - 'McBarker, the Wonder Dog', 1977. 'Cute as a button' is a (3) cel setup, one of the leaves, one of the wheels, and one of McBarker. The painted cel image is 12.00' X 8.00', bearing production number B442. In Maggo's half-hour Saturday morning series, What's New, Magoo? He was paired with a blind dog named 'McBarker'.

#U16 - Mr. Magoo, 'Magoo In Jalopy'  (1960's).

#U16 - Mr. Magoo, 'Magoo In Jalopy' (1960's).

Price: $700

#U16 - UPA - 'Mr. Magoo', 1960's. This original layout drawing is rendered in graphite, red, and blue pencil. This rare full sheet character and prop image measures 3.25' X 4.50, bearing number C-9 6027/14.

#U27 - 'Mr Magoo Opening Theme', Famous Adventures Of Mister Magoo, (1964-65).

#U27 - 'Mr Magoo Opening Theme', Famous Adventures Of Mister Magoo, (1964-65).

Price: $1200

#U27 - UPA Studio - 'Mr Magoo Opening Theme from FAMOUS ADVENTURES OF MISTER MAGOO', 1964-65. This inked, unpainted animation model cel of Mr. Magoo riding in his old-fashioned, antique car was created at the UPA Studio in development of the character during production of an animated cartoon. Famous Adventures was an animated TV series made by UPA and featured Magoo in various historic and literary roles. The inked cel image measures 5 1/4' x 6' and the cel sheet is full and untrimmed. Studio notation 'Magoo Car / Standard Color Model' appears along the top. In excellent condition, there are small tears at peg holes along top: VERY FINE condition. Certificate of authenticity is included.

#U26 - The Famous Adventures Of Mr Magoo, Mr. Magoo W/ Mastodon (c.1960).

#U26 - The Famous Adventures Of Mr Magoo, Mr. Magoo W/ Mastodon (c.1960).

Price: $300

#U26 - UPA Studio - THE FAMOUS ADVENTURES OF MR. MAGOO, c.1960. This layout or publicity drawing of the near-sighted Mr. Magoo and a mastodon-like creature was created by a UPA Studio artist in development of a scene for an animated cartoon in the television series that aired in the early 1960s. Drawn in pencil on an untrimmed animation sheet, the art measures 6 1/2' x 9 1/2'. In excellent condition with only slight handling and edge wear: VERY FINE. Certificate of authenticity is included.

#U29 - 'Waldo Magoo', General Electric Commercial (1960's).

#U29 - 'Waldo Magoo', General Electric Commercial (1960's).

Price: $250

#U29 - UPA Studio - 'Waldo Magoo', 1960's. This full sheet untrimmed image of Waldo from a General Electric Commercial's image area measures 5.25' X 4.25' inches ~ Starring Jim Bakus as the voice of Mr. Magoo, bearing production number 25A.

#U24 - Mr Magoo, 'McBarker', (1970's).

#U24 - Mr Magoo, 'McBarker', (1970's).

Price: $150

#U24 - UPA - 'McBarker', 1970's. This full sheet untrimmed drawing by Freleng Studio,Magoo production characture measures 3.00' X 4.00, bearing production number H-4 6014.

#U28 - Mister Magoo, 'Magoo In Jalopy' (1960's).

#U28 - Mister Magoo, 'Magoo In Jalopy' (1960's).

Price: $350

#U28 - UPA Studio - 'MISTER MAGOO', 1960's. Magoo in his jalopy is anoriginal full sheet hand painted animation cel with background print. The image area measures 4.50' X 4.75' ~ Starring Jim Bakus as the voice of Mr. Magoo, bearing production numbers C-2A (6001 46BR).

#U15 -

#U15 - "Mr. Magoo's Literary Classics", 'Cyrano Magoo' (1964).

Price: $425

#U15 - UPA - 'Cyrano Magoo' from "Mr. Magoo's Literary Classics,The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo December 26, 1964. The painted image size measures 4.25' X 5.00', bearing production number 8 SC37. This NBC show presented Magoo in a variety of roles, portraying various literary and historical figures. 13 hour-long episodes were produced, some being 2 half-hour stories combined into one program.

 
 

All artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity

 

Best selection of Magoo cels from the 1940s to the present

#U11 - Mr Magoo, Hand Signed by Jim Backus (1970's).

DePatie-Freleng studio 'Mr Magoo', 1970's. The cel image area measures 3.50' X 3.00', and was hand signed by Jim Backus, voice of Mr. Magoo. Jim Backus, best known as millionaire Thurston Howell III from Gilligans Island, provided the voice for Magoo before, during, and after the actors island stay.

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