Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol ()

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This musical adaptation of the classic tale by Charles Dickens stars Magoo as the cold-hearted old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge.


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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 / Cratchit Daughter (voice)
Laura Olsher ...
Mrs. Cratchit / Boy Who Buys Turkey / Cratchit Son (voice)
Ghost of Christmas Present (voice)

Directed by

Abe Levitow

Written by

Charles Dickens ... (story)
Barbara Chain ... (adaptation)
Stephen Bosustow ... (character: Mr. Magoo created under the supervision of)

Produced by

Lee Orgel ... producer
Henry G. Saperstein ... executive producer

Music by

Jule Styne

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

Bob Merrill ... lyrics
Walter Scharf ... composer: incidental music / conductor

Additional Crew

Kat Mullaly ... described video

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Plot Summary

Bah, Humbug, Mr. Magoo. Watch Charles Dickens classic tale of regret, redemption, and the power of the Christmas spirit like never before with Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol. Starring the beloved, bumbling Mr. Magoo as Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly businessman who learns the error of his greedy ways on a magical and musical journey through the past, present, and future Christmases of his life. Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy and Royal Dano lend their voice talents to the first animated holiday special in television history.

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Also Known As
  • A Christmas Carol (United States)
  • Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (United Kingdom)
  • Mr. Magoon joulushow (Finland)
  • Cuento de Navidad de Mr. Magoo (Venezuela)
  • La notte di Natale di Mister Magoo (Italy)
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  • 53 min
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Trivia The word "humbug" is misunderstood by many people, which is a pity, since the word provides a key insight into Scrooge's original 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 an 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 to him 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 or abandon him the moment he trusts them. See more »
Goofs In the TV special, the Cratchits repeatedly wish for a Christmas tree. In 1843, when "A Christmas Carol" was published and presumably takes place, German-style Christmas trees had just been introduced to England by the royal family, and would have been unknown to working class people such as the Cratchits. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Santaclaustrophobia (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Ringle, Ringle See more »
Quotes Ebenezer Scrooge: [sees a horse from his window] Hello! Hello there!
[horse neighs and rears in terror, then bolts]
Ebenezer Scrooge: Ah, the same to you! Oh, yes, indeed. A pleasant fellow.
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