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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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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This version of "A Christmas Carol" is unique to all other versions in that the first spirit to visit Scrooge is the "Spirit of Christmas Present", followed by the spirits of Christmas past and future, whereas in all other versions Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past first, then present, and future. No records exist to explain this change, but some have guessed that it had to do with running times and commercial breaks. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Cratchit: Hush my dear, tears cannot bring Tiny Tim back to us.
Ebenezer Scrooge: No! Not Tiny Tim!
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Connections

Version of Scrooge (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Great to Be Back on Broadway
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Performed by Jim Backus
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a treasure of Christmas to be remembered and shared
26 December 2002 | by rszudySee all my reviews

I join the many other writers who remember and treasure "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" with great fondness. Like others, I remember seeing it on its first night 40 years ago. Indeed, a time that seems simpler and nostalgic now. This week,I viewed a VHS tape copy I received and was really charmed and impressed by its quality. The animation is sweet, gentle and from an earlier time. The story adaptation from Dickens is excellent. The concept of Magoo on Broadway performing the "Carol" is really inventive and works well. What I strongly recommend to all is the outstanding and, at times, poignant music There is music and lyric here to equal and surpass much more famous shows. I hope that this wonderful treasure can be re-discovered and enjoyed by a new generation in the years to come. It deserves to be remembered and appreciated.


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