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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.
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol -- Clip: Magoo visits the Cratchits


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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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The "Broadway actor" playing Tiny Tim appears to be Gerald McBoingBoing, who was also animated by UPA studios. If this is indeed Gerald, then this special marks a rare occasion where he talks in normal speech instead of sound effects.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 »
Ebenezer Scrooge:[singing] Ringle, ringle, coins when they jingle, make such a lovely sound. Give them away and nobody can rob you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of A Christmas Carol (1960)See more »
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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
DVD restores footage cut from recent broadcast versions, 24 December 2002
Author: walap from Minnesota

Like others, I too had vivid memories of watching this as a child in the 60's. I could still remember the "razzleberry dressing" lines and the disembodied mouths singing the "Despicable" song some 30 years later when I finally saw it being broadcast again, and was able to record it off the air. Over the past ten years I've watched that tape repeatedly, and never cease to be amazed at the portrayal and the remarkable music and lyrics.

But it wasn't until I got the DVD version as a Christmas gift that I realized nearly ten minutes had been cut from that broadcast version. Imagine my delight to watch the DVD and "discover" three whole scenes (including two complete songs) that I'm sure I hadn't seen since the original prime time airings in the 60's. The DVD quality is excellent as well (in contrast to the annoying "speed change" glitches in the broadcast soundtrack).

If, as I do, you consider this a Christmas "classic", don't rely on broadcast showings -- get the DVD, and enjoy it in its entirety.

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