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Mr. Magoo and MND
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0152  Wednesday, 18 February 1998.

From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Wednesdayy, 18 Feb 1998 10:29:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Mr. Magoo and MND

I was surprised and delighted last night to stumble across a Mr. Magoo
feature film on the Disney channel last night, which concluded with *A
Midsummer Night's Dream*.  Mr. Magoo played Puck, and the story was
amazingly intact, even including much original text as its dialog.

My impression was that, as animations go, it was not very funny, but
that may have been because my awareness of it was focused on comparing
it to the original as it progressed.  The producers didn't yuck it up
for yucks' sake; it was pretty much Shakespeare, only very streamlined.
My 9-year-old son, who played one of the forest's denizens in our
production last fall, constantly corrected their paraphrases and
marveled at the amount they left out; I explained that this was for
"little kids."

Has anyone else seen this wonder?  I had been totally unaware of its
existence.

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
http://shenandoah.peachnet.edu/nctc/
 

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