There are many examples of caricatures or cartoon series based on aspects, more or less rigorous, of people in real life. The resemblance is usually physical, but as we will see, sometimes it goes beyond the physical resemblance…
Mr. Magoo is the comedian W.C. fields
Mr. Magoo is the brainchild of Millard Kaufman, an American novelist and screenwriter. In the year 1949 he wrote the script for the short film Ragtime Bear, which would be the first appearance of Mr. Magoo. Originally, when Kaufman wrote the first Magoo cartoon, he did not intend it to be based on the comic W.C. Fields. In fact, it wasn’t until a few short films later that creative director Pete Burness (who also participated in the ‘Tom and Jerry’ or ‘Looney Tunes’ series) and other members of the production company United Productions of America decided to look for inspiration in the comedian.
Jules Engel was one of the animators along with William Hurtz, John Hubley or Herbert Klynn, who after leaving Disney created the United Productions of America studio. At the UPA, Engel worked, among other caricatures, with Mr. Magoo.
Leslie Nielsen played Mr. Magoo for the big screen
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