- Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Magoo's nephew Waldo an idiot, or is he an 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.
- Fair for Its Day: Magoo blindly stumbling through the world was originally created as a comment on old-world men who were "blind to progress." Nowadays, he's simply remembered as being a cheap excuse to make blindness jokes.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Mr. Magoo was the star character of UPA, an animation studio founded out of the ashed of a terrible strike at the Walt Disney Studios in the early '40s by artists who wanted to do more experimental animation. He was later adapted into a live-action movie... by Disney.
- He Really Can Act: In universe Magoo is actually an accomplished actor despite his visual problems.
- Out of universe, Jim Backus sings a truly heartwrenching song in the Christmas Carol.
- Nightmare Fuel: In Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol, there are some truly frightening scenes when the 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 twisted glee all around. Really, for a kid's cartoon from the 1960s, they were downright vile.
- At least this is one of the few adaptations of "A Christmas Carol" that DOESN'T have Scrooge falling into hell (we're looking at you Disney) Instead we have the Tearjerker listed below.
- There were some even nastier moments in The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo. For instance, in the ones (very loosely) adapting Frankenstein and Gunga Din, they actually kill Magoonote at the end. ON SCREEN!
- Tear Jerker: Young Ebeneezer's 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.