Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)





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Having made a bundle on their 130-episode package of Mr. Magoo TV cartoons, the folks at UPA studios decided to star Magoo in a 60-minute musical version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. First telecast over the NBC network on December 18, 1962, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol deftly uses the device of depicting Magoo as a famous Broadway star, returning to the stage to essay the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge. This "framing" device has, unfortunately, been eliminated from currently available TV and video versions of this hour-long animated special. Still, Magoo has plenty of time to shine as Scrooge, a role ideally suited for the character's crotchety demeanor and comic nearsightedness. The five original songs by Jules Styne and Bob Merrill are wonderful-far more so than the disposable score of the 1970 live-action Christmas Carol musical adaptation Scrooge. The principal voices are provided by Jim Backus as Magoo, Jack Cassidy as Bob Cratchit, Royal Dano as Marley's Ghost, and Joan Gardner, Morey Amsterdam and Paul Frees. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol served as the pilot for the 1964 animated anthology series The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo, wherein Magoo essayed such literary roles as Friar Tuck, Gunga Din, and all seven of Snow White's dwarves.
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Jim Backus
as Magoo/Scrooge
Jack Cassidy
as Bob Cratchit
Joan Gardner
as Tiny Tim
Royal Dano
as Marley's Ghost
Morey Amsterdam
as Brady/James
Jane Kean
as Belle Fezziwig
Les Tremayne
as Ghost of Christmas Present
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Not merely a superior musical version, it is a pioneer among animated Christmas traditions.

Full Review… | January 3, 2013
New York Times
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For me, Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol, which marks its 50th anniversary this week with a Saturday night presentation by NBC -- which hasn't shown it in decades -- will always be my Christmas Carol.

Full Review… | January 3, 2013
Philadelphia Daily News

Audience Reviews for Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

Your typical "Christmas Carol" movie. Except that this one is a play in a movie. Pretty boring, and I didn't like the animation.

Chris Schaben
Chris Schaben

Mr. Magoo takes on the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge in an early television holiday movie short. I found it a little odd at times, especially with songs like "We're Despicable", which would be more suitable for a Halloween feature. "The Lord's Bright Blessing", on the other hand, is a wonderful holiday song. I still can't say that this is very good, but I enjoyed seeing it once. (First and only viewing - 12/23/2014)

Adam R
Adam R

We'll have the Lord's bright blessing in knowing we're together, knowing we're together heart in hand. we'll make the whitest Christmas the very brightest Christmas, a Christmas much more glorious than Christmas. This movie teaches the true meaning of Christmas. Its not about receiving gifts but to give and love each other and appreciate the blessings you have. Christmas is love.

Dave Emerson
Dave Emerson

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