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Xilam Animation Brings ‘Mr. Magoo’ Back to the U.S.

Remake of classic series available on CBS All Access beginning January 17.

French studio, Xilam Animation, has secured a deal with DreamWorks Animation’s Classic Media for its animated series, Mr Magoo, based on the successful classic cartoon of the same name. DreamWorks has exclusive rights to U.S. TV, home video and VOD rights to season one (78 x 7’). Mr Magoo will be available beginning January 17 on CBS All Access streaming service.

“Since debuting in fall 2018, Mr Magoo has drawn strong ratings and captured the hearts of kids and their families around the world,” commented Xilam Animation’s Marc du Pontavice.  “The original version of Mr Magoo was first created in the U.S. so we’re delighted DreamWorks has now come on board to introduce local audiences to our fresh take on this wonderfully candid and optimistic character, back where it all began 70 years ago.”

Originally commissioned by France Télévisions, Mr Magoo currently airs on Turner’s Boomerang channel in France, Africa, the Middle East, Israel, Turkey and Nordics, Cartoon Network (Asia), Discovery Kids (Latin America), Super RTL (Germany), VRT and RTBF (Belgium), SIC K (Portugal), RTVE (Spain), RTS (Switzerland), CITV (UK), Discovery and DEA Kids (Italy).

This latest deal expands Xilam’s U.S. footprint which includes its recently announced Netflix commission for CGI animated preschool series Oggy Oggy. Netflix also acquired worldwide rights to the studio’s award-winning and Oscar nominated adult animated feature I Lost My Body.  The studio is currently in production on the Disney+ original Chip ‘n’ Dale, which will feature the return of Disney’s chipmunk troublemakers in a non-verbal, classic style comedy.

About Mr Magoo:

In the neighborhood, everybody loves Mr Magoo - the lively, kind-hearted and cheerful guy always happy to give a helping hand. But beware - he also causes disasters! Without his glasses, he mistakes his surroundings for other places, gets people mixed up, and wreaks havoc everywhere he goes. All his neighbors have adjusted to his uniqueness…except for one: a megalomaniac hamster by the name of Fizz, whose sole goal is to have all of humanity recognize his tremendous genius. He’s determined to leave his mark on history, but somehow Magoo always interferes, forever thwarting Fizz’s crazy plans!

Mr Magoo has been adapted by Olivier Jean-Marie and Xilam’s Hugo Gittard from John Hubley’s original series, created in 1949. Hugo Gittard is also showrunner of the new series.

Source: Xilam Animation