Trivia / Mr. Magoo

  • Box Office Bomb: A backlash from blindness advocates forced Disney to remove the Live-Action Adaptation from theaters before it could recoup its $30m budget. Because of this, it only made $21.4 million, just $9 million short of its budget.
  • Creator Killer: Stanley Tong never directed another American film after critics and the box office sent the 1997 adaptation into the dumpster.
  • Franchise Killer: The movie sent the franchise into the background for a long while.
  • Old Shame: Likely a big one for Disney, as they were forced to pull the film from theaters after it was slammed by audiences.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original plan for a Magoo feature film was to have him play Don Quixote. They even had Brave New World author Aldous Huxley do a script treatment. However, when they went to the bank to secure financing, no one there knew who Don Quixote was, so they went with a more proven property. Magoo eventually did appear in an adaptation of Don Quixote as an episode of The Famous Adventures of Mister Magoo.
    • Pete Burness, who directed most of the Magoo shorts, was the original director for 1001 Arabian Nights, but became dissatisfied with how the movie was turning out and left the studio. He was replaced by former Disney director Jack Kinney, who directed most of the Goofy shorts.
    • Magoo was almost a paranoid, bitter, mean-spirited old man who constantly spouted misanthropic political rants, as a parody of the Communist-hating mindset of the Sixties. His blindness was meant as an allegory for bigotry.