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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 (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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The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to Bob Cratchit's home just before Bob arrives home from Church with Tiny Tim. Tim can be heard off screen laughing indicating they are home. The Ghost of Christmas Present opens the door to the house to allow Crachit and Tim to enter. Bob and his family don't have any reaction to this odd occurrence. See more »

Quotes

Ebenezer Scrooge: [looks at a painting] Imagine going out looking like this... lock me up for a loony they would.
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Soundtracks

We're Despicable (Plunderer's March)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Performed by Paul Frees, Royal Dano, Joan Gardner, and Laura Olsher
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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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