The other shoe has dropped!
Two years ago, TCM released the UPA Jolly Frolics Collection – 38 must-have Columbia theatrical cartoons from the 1950s including several Oscar winners like Gerald McBoing Boing. Fans, collectors and historians have been chomping at the bit for the rest of the UPA theatricals – and here they are at last. Sony Pictures and Shout Factory have just released the long-awaited DVD collection, Mr. Magoo: The Theatrical Collection (1949-1959), a four-disc boxed set that completes the restoration of the UPA theatrical cartoon library.
First the basics. This set collects 53 Mr. Magoo short cartoons (including two Oscar winners) and one theatrical animated feature (1001 Arabian Nights) originally released by Columbia Pictures from 1949 through 1959. For the first time on video, these cartoons were restored from the original negatives. Over a dozen of these were produced in wide screen CinemaScope and are presented here in letterbox format (or 16×9 2.35:1).
Bonus features include:
Vintage documentary A Princess For Magoo: The Making Of 1001 Arabian Nights.An interview with film critic and historian Leonard Maltin.A Documentary on UPA & Mr. Magoo.An Art and Photo Gallery.14 audio commentaries by UPA animator Bob Longo, Emily Hubley, historians Adam Abraham, John Canemaker, John Culhane, Mark Evanier, Jerry Beck, Michael Schesinger and Tee Bosustow, son of UPA founder Steve Bosustow.