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Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol Details


Having made a bundle on their 130-episode package of [[Feature~V158865~Mr. Magoo~mrmagoo]] 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 [[Performer~P113151~Jules Styne~julestyne]] and [[Performer~P186841~Bob Merrill~bobmerrill]] are wonderful-far more so than the disposable score of the 1970 live-action [[Feature~V178206~Christmas Carol~achristmascarol]] musical adaptation [[Feature~V43275~Scrooge.~scrooge]] The principal voices are provided by [[Performer~P3156~Jim Backus~jimbackus]] as Magoo, [[Performer~P11654~Jack Cassidy~jackcassidy]] as Bob Cratchit, [[Performer~P16931~Royal Dano~royaldano]] as Marley's Ghost, and [[Performer~P91026~Joan Gardner~joangardner]], [[Performer~P79561~Morey Amsterdam~moreyamsterdam]] and [[Performer~P90522~Paul Frees~paulhfrees]]. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol served as the pilot for the 1964 animated anthology series [[Feature~V83182~The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo,~adventuresofamadcap]] wherein Magoo essayed such literary roles as Friar Tuck, Gunga Din, and all seven of Snow White's dwarves. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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 Tiny Tim
Joan Gardner
as Ghost of Christmas Past
Jane Kean
as Belle Fezziwig
John Hart
Royal Dano
as Marley's Ghost
Jack Cassidy
as Bob Cratchit


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