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Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol -- 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.
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Charles Dickens (story)
Barbara Chain (adaptation)
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An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jim Backus ... Ebenezer Scrooge / Mr. Magoo (voice)

Morey Amsterdam ... Brady / James (voice)

Jack Cassidy ... Bob Cratchit (voice)

Royal Dano ... Marley's Ghost (voice)
Paul Frees ... Stage Director / Charity Man / Fezziwig / Old Joe / Undertaker (voice)
Joan Gardner ... Tiny Tim / Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)
John Hart ... Billings / Stage Manager / Milkman (voice)

Jane Kean ... Belle (voice)
Marie Matthews ... Young Scrooge (voice)
Laura Olsher ... Mrs. Cratchit (voice)

Les Tremayne ... Ghost of Christmas Present (voice)

Directed by
Abe Levitow 
Writing credits
Charles Dickens (story)

Barbara Chain (adaptation)

Produced by
Lee Orgel .... producer
Henry G. Saperstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jule Styne 
Film Editing by
Earl Bennett 
Sam Horta 
Wayne Hughes 
George Probert 
Production Design by
Corny Cole  (as 'Corny' Cole)
Lee Mishkin 
Marty Murphy 
Tony Rivera 
Shirley Silvey 
Bob Singer 
Dick Ung  (as Richard Ung)
Sam Weiss 
Production Management
Paul Carlson .... production manager
Earl Jonas .... production manager
Animation Department
Gerard Baldwin .... sequence director
Steve Clark .... sequence director
Duane Crowther .... sequence director
Jack Heiter .... color stylist
Bob Inman .... color stylist
Tom McDonald .... animator
Phill Norman .... color stylist (as Phil Norman)
Casey Onaitis .... animator
Hank Smith .... animator
Ed Solomon .... animator
John Walker .... animator
Dave Weidman .... color stylist
Gloria Wood .... color stylist
Xenia .... animator
Music Department
Walter Scharf .... composer: incidental music
Walter Scharf .... conductor

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Also Known As:
"A Christmas Carol" - USA (short title)
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53 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | USA:G | USA:Approved (PCA #20330)

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Broadway composers Richard Rodgers and Frank Loesser were approached to write the songs. Each was interested, but too busy.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: During the chorus of the song, "We'll have the Lord's bright blessing", the soundtrack has claps on the off-beats, but visually the characters clap on the on-beats.See more »
Mrs. Cratchit:Hush my dear, tears cannot bring Tiny Tim back to us.
Ebenezer Scrooge:No! Not Tiny Tim!
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Movie Connections:
Joy To the WorldSee more »


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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
DVD version is still an edited version., 12 December 2004

This has always been one of my favorite Christmas specials; however, one of the scenes that makes it so memorable has been cut out of the newest release.

When I watched this growing up in the late 70's and early 80's, I never saw the opening and closing "Broadway" scenes. Users on IMDb and other websites have commented that they were delighted to have these missing scenes in the latest version. Unfortunately, I do not share their enthusiasm. I find these book ending scenes annoying and darn-near un-watchable. The "Back, back, back on Broadway" number that opens the special makes me want to leave the room. The slapstick is completely unrelated to the tone of the play and distracting. I must come clean that I have never been a big fan of Mr. Magoo cartoons ... except this one. That is only because he isn't acting like Mr. Magoo for the vast majority of the show. I half-joked to my wife that they should just call it Jim Backus's Christmas Carol.

In any case, the one scene that I looking forward to seeing has been cut out of this version. After the "Winter Was Warm" number, the Ghost of Christmas Past tells Scrooge that there "is one shadow more." And then we get this strange wavey cut to the scene where the Ghost leaves him and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come appears. Within that wavey cut is the missing scene I am referring to.

In the scene, the Ghost takes Scrooge to a large country home. In it we see an older Belle. Her husband and children come home, and it is obvious that they are a happy family getting ready for Christmas. Belle's husband remarks to Belle that he "saw an old friend of yours in town today." He saw Scrooge and tells Belle how mean and unhappy he looked. Belle turns and stares at the snow falling outside the window and you can hear the tune from "Winter is Warm" being reprised. This scene always struck me as a child. Not only does it show the happiness that Scrooge missed out on ... which is obvious. But it also demonstrates the loss that Belle still feels even though she lives such a good life.

The fact that no one has mentioned this scene in all the user reviews for this special had me half-believing I had imagined it. However, I have verified that the scene is in the Dickens's original story (I have never read the original all the way through and only discovered this scene when I was searching for it in connection to this "Magoo problem"). Furthermore, before the wavey cut, the Ghost states he has "one shadow more." I do not believe he is referring to the Ghost of Christmas Future. The "shadows" are not the ghosts, they are the shadows of the past.

Is there anyone out there who also remembers this scene or am I completely mad!?!

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