When Magoo Flew he flies off in this 1954 animated short that won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. It is a very good, funny film.
It follows Mr. Magoo who accidentally boards a plane instead of going to a 3D movie. He then thinks that the entire plain is a motion picture and he enjoys the experience quite a bit. This type of plot is perfect for the cartoon format and the execution is so good that it becomes great entertainment. Some of the scenes were too convenient and the animation isn’t the greatest, but this is mostly an exceptional little film that really deserved its Oscar in 1955.
The character himself is hilarious and I really enjoyed his amusing speech pattern. I loved that whole drama with his fellow criminal passenger and the moments where he searched for him were so memorable. The ending is very funny and such a great nod at the movie itself. The entire movie is truly clever and sophisticated, it is also very well edited and it rarely disappoints.
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This splendid, and long-overdue, book traces the colorful history of the studio that sought to reinvent American animation. Abraham has done his homework and weaves the individual stories of UPA’s many artists and personalities into a seamless and highly readable narrative. A first-rate piece of film history.(Leonard Maltin)
At last! The story of UPA, the influential little-studio-that-could―and did―challenge Disney’s domination of animation design and content. He has finally been told accurately, with wit, clarity, and insight. (John Canemaker, Oscar-winning animator and director of animation at the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University)
Readers familiar only with the studio’s most famous creation, the nearsighted and befuddled Mr. Magoo, can hardly begin to appreciate the range and diversity of the studio’s best work. But Adam Abraham’s When Magoo Flew, the first full-scale history of UPA, is a good place to start. —Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal