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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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... Ebenezer Scrooge / Mr. Magoo (voice)
... Brady / James (voice)
... Bob Cratchit / Dick Wilkins (voice)
... Marley's Ghost (voice)
... Stage Director / Charity Man / Fezziwig / Old Joe / Undertaker (voice)
Joan Gardner ... Tiny Tim / Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)
... Billings / Stage Manager / Milkman (voice)
... Belle (voice)
Marie Matthews ... Young Scrooge (voice)
Laura Olsher ... Mrs. Cratchit (voice)
... 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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The word "humbug" is misunderstood by many people, which is a pity since the word provides a key insight into Scrooge's hatred of Christmas. The word "humbug" describes deceitful efforts to fool people by pretending to a fake loftiness or false sincerity. So when Scrooge calls Christmas a humbug, he is claiming that people only pretend to charity and kindness in a scoundrel effort to delude him, each other, and themselves. In Scrooge's eyes, he is the one man honest enough to admit that no one really cares about anyone else, so for him, every wish for a Merry Christmas is one more deceitful effort to fool him and take advantage of him. This is a man who has turned to profit because he honestly believes everyone else will someday betray him or abandon him the moment he trusts them. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Ebenezer Scrooge: [singing] Ringle, ringle, coins when they jingle, make such a lovely sound. Give them away and nobody can rob you.
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Featured in Hill Street Blues: Santaclaustrophobia (1982) See more »

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Joy To the World
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Written by Isaac Watts and Lowell Mason
Performed by Carolers
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A wonderful, heart-warming holiday classic
22 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Those of us fortunate enough to grow up in the late 50's remember Mr. Magoo with a special warmth, and this version of "A Christmas Carol" is the main reason. This remains a superior re-telling of the story and holds it's own against the George C. Scott and Alaister Sim versions, despite being only 50 minutes long and animated. The ghost of Marley is as scary as they come, and the villains are convincingly menacing. Mr. Magoo, thanks to the avant-garde UPA animation and the unparalleled voice talents of Jim Backus, emotes as effectively as a real person. The songs could not be better; they are Broadway quality and are sung with a heart-felt enthusiasm that adds as much to the film as the actor's voices. Jack Cassidy is perfect as Bob Cratchit, and Royal Dano as Marley holds the viewer spellbound with his sepulchral intonations.

This adaptation holds a special place in my memory, thanks to the excellence of the production and the great voices. Each year my husband and I (and our grown children) watch it several times, marveling at how it can still entertain and enthrall after so many years. Do not pass this up, if you can find it; it's a truly timeless classic. The film has been released on DVD, and this offers an extremely good-looking presentation of "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol."


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