* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Magoo's nephew Waldo an idiot, or is he an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary high school or college student]] who isn't allowed to get a word in edgewise. In ''The Mr. Magoo Show'', when Waldo is cast as sidekick to scheming Presley, the former's definitely the case. The original theatrical shorts, and especially the movie, tend toward the latter.
* HeReallyCanAct: In universe Magoo is actually an accomplished actor despite his visual problems.
** Out of universe, Jim Backus sings a truly [[TearJerker heartwrenching]] song in the Christmas Carol.
* NightmareFuel: In ''[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol]]'', there are some truly frightening scenes when the [[BadFuture Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come]] shows up, such as when Scrooge sees the undertaker, the charwoman, and the maid selling his wretched goods off to the pawnbroker with much [[KickTheDog twisted glee all around]]. Really, for a kid's cartoon from the 1960s, they were downright vile.
** There were some even nastier moments in ''The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo''. For instance, in the ones (very loosely) adapting ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' and ''[[RudyardKipling Gunga Din]]'', they actually ''{{kill|edOffForReal}}'' Magoo[[note]]well, technically, his ''characters''; the concept of the ''Famous Adventures'' series was that Magoo was an actor appearing in stage play adaptations of famous stories[[/note]] at the end. ON SCREEN!
* TearJerker: Young Ebeneezer's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7qOFB4IXA8 song]] in the Christmas Carol (which gets an equally--if not more--heartbreaking reprise by adult Ebeneezer later; bet you never thought Jim Backus would make you cry).
-->Where is the voice to answer mine back?
-->Where are two shoes that click to my clack?
-->I'm all alone in the world.
** Winter Was Warm feels like a sad song too. It's just a shame that it had to be EditedForSyndication. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kole2oVfAaY Video]]
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