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Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol Details

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Having made a bundle on their 130-episode package of TV cartoons, the folks at UPA studios decided to star Magoo in a 60-minute musical version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. First telecast over the NBC network on December 18, 1962, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol deftly uses the device of depicting Magoo as a famous Broadway star, returning to the stage to essay the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge. This "framing" device has, unfortunately, been eliminated from currently available TV and video versions of this hour-long animated special. Still, Magoo has plenty of time to shine as Scrooge, a role ideally suited for the character's crotchety demeanor and comic nearsightedness. The five original songs by Jules Styne and Bob Merrill are wonderful-far more so than the disposable score of the 1970 live-action Bob Merrill musical adaptation Bob Merrill The principal voices are provided by Jim Backus as Magoo, Jack Cassidy as Bob Cratchit, Royal Dano as Marley's Ghost, and Joan Gardner, Morey Amsterdam and Paul Frees. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol served as the pilot for the 1964 animated anthology series Paul Frees wherein Magoo essayed such literary roles as Friar Tuck, Gunga Din, and all seven of Snow White's dwarves. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Jim Backus
as Ebenezer Scrooge
Jack Cassidy
as Bob Cratchit
Royal Dano
as Marley's Ghost
Paul H. Frees
as Old Fezziwig
Joan Gardner
as Ghost of Christmas Past
Joan Gardner
as Tiny Tim
John Hart
Jane Kean
as Belle Fezziwig
Les Tremayne
as Ghost of Christmas Present
Jim Backus
as Mr. Magoo
Jim Backus
as Ebenezer Scrooge
Paul H. Frees
as Old Fezziwig
Les Tremayne
as Ghost of Christmas Present
Joan Gardner
as Ghost of Christmas Past
Joan Gardner
as Tiny Tim
Jane Kean
as Belle Fezziwig
Royal Dano
as Marley's Ghost
Jack Cassidy
as Bob Cratchit

Crew

Abe Levitow
Director
Lee Orgel
Producer
Barbara Chain
Screenwriter
Charles Dickens
Book Author
Jule Styne
Composer (Music Score)
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