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Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)

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An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the ... See full summary »

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Abe Levitow

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Charles Dickens (story), Barbara Chain (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jim Backus ... Ebenezer Scrooge / Mr. Magoo (voice)
Morey Amsterdam ... Brady / James (voice)
Jack Cassidy ... Bob Cratchit / Dick Wilkins (voice)
Royal Dano ... Marley's Ghost (voice)
Paul Frees ... Stage Director / Charity Man / Fezziwig / Old Joe / Undertaker (voice)
Joan Gardner Joan Gardner ... Tiny Tim / Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)
John Hart ... Billings / Stage Manager / Milkman (voice)
Jane Kean ... Belle (voice)
Marie Matthews Marie Matthews ... Young Scrooge (voice)
Laura Olsher Laura Olsher ... Mrs. Cratchit / Boy Who Buys Turkey / Cratchit Son (voice)
Les Tremayne ... Ghost of Christmas Present (voice)
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An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the true meaning of Christmas from the three spirits who haunt him one Christmas Eve. Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Morey Amsterdam's only lines are heard when Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come overhear the three men discussing a death and funeral. Amsterdam voices the first speaker in a low register, and he also voices the man with the high register. See more »

Goofs

At the finale, the song "We'll have the Lord's bright blessing" is reprised. During the chorus, the soundtrack has claps on the off-beats, but the animation shows the characters clapping on the on-beats. See more »

Quotes

Ebenezer Scrooge: Spirit! They're gone! Spirit, they've vanished!
Ghost of Christmas Past: Not quite all.
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Alternate Versions

Although shown in its entire 53-minute version during the 1960s, many current television prints of the "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" have been cut by as much as 10 minutes to make room for longer commercial breaks. The "Back to Broadway" framing story is often eliminated, as well as the songs "Ringle, Ringle" and "We're Despicable". See more »

Connections

Version of Ebenezer (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Joy To the World
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Written by Isaac Watts and Lowell Mason
Performed by Carolers
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New DVD is fine
3 December 2001 | by Bobs-9See all my reviews

I just watched the new DVD of `Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol,' and it seems as good a representation of the program as we're ever likely to see. I doubt it looked much better when it originally aired in 1962, but considering the video technology of that time, no home viewers would have seen it at its best then. There may have been some very infrequent white specs on the image, but if you're not consciously seeking them, you're not likely to see them. They are so few, they're barely noticeable. The colors may seem washed-out at first, but I simply turned the color intensity up on my TV, and the colors looked solid and well-balanced throughout the program. I directly compared this DVD to a copy of the laserdisc edition, which has been much sought-after by collectors since going out of print years ago. They are almost identical, except for a slightly sharper image on the DVD. An audio re-mix, maybe even in stereo, would have been great, but certainly costly. I wonder if the original studio tracks are even available for this anymore. In any case, the mono soundtrack works fine, and is practically distortion-free.

If you watched this as a kid, and haven't seen it since then (like me), I can only say: Wow, what a strong jolt of nostalgia it is! I find it hard to agree with the editorial reviewer at Amazon, who characterizes the songs in this production as `forgettable.' That may be because I first heard them in 1962 at around the age of nine, and haven't quite forgotten them since. I suspect I'm not alone in this, either. This program isn't high art, and an adult who doesn't have that nostalgic connection to it may not be able to embrace it, but for those who remember, it leaves you with that warm, fuzzy feeling. I'm very happy to have become re-acquainted with it.


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