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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

Writers:

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 / Cratchit Daughter (voice)
Laura Olsher Laura Olsher ... Mrs. Cratchit / Boy Who Buys Turkey / Cratchit Son (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

There is a popular rumor that the song "People" was written for -- and rejected by -- this project. It's not true. The composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill were working on the song for the Broadway musical "Funny Girl" at the same time that they were writing this score. The producers of this project heard them playing it, and were thrilled, until they learned that it wasn't for them. Obviously, it went on to become a hit for the star of "Funny Girl", Barbra Streisand. 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 »

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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Alternate Versions

Although shown in its entire 53-minute version during the 1960s, many current television prints of the "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" have been cut by as much as 10 minutes to make room for longer commercial breaks. The "Back to Broadway" framing story is often eliminated, as well as the songs "Ringle, Ringle" and "We're Despicable". See more »

Connections

Version of Scrooge (1935) See more »

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We're Despicable (Plunderer's March)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Performed by Paul Frees, Royal Dano, Joan Gardner, and Laura Olsher
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DVD version is still an edited version.
12 December 2004 | by jeffmathewesSee all my reviews

This has always been one of my favorite Christmas specials; however, one of the scenes that makes it so memorable has been cut out of the newest release.

When I watched this growing up in the late 70's and early 80's, I never saw the opening and closing "Broadway" scenes. Users on IMDb and other websites have commented that they were delighted to have these missing scenes in the latest version. Unfortunately, I do not share their enthusiasm. I find these book ending scenes annoying and darn-near un-watchable. The "Back, back, back on Broadway" number that opens the special makes me want to leave the room. The slapstick is completely unrelated to the tone of the play and distracting. I must come clean that I have never been a big fan of Mr. Magoo cartoons ... except this one. That is only because he isn't acting like Mr. Magoo for the vast majority of the show. I half-joked to my wife that they should just call it Jim Backus's Christmas Carol.

In any case, the one scene that I looking forward to seeing has been cut out of this version. After the "Winter Was Warm" number, the Ghost of Christmas Past tells Scrooge that there "is one shadow more." And then we get this strange wavey cut to the scene where the Ghost leaves him and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come appears. Within that wavey cut is the missing scene I am referring to.

In the scene, the Ghost takes Scrooge to a large country home. In it we see an older Belle. Her husband and children come home, and it is obvious that they are a happy family getting ready for Christmas. Belle's husband remarks to Belle that he "saw an old friend of yours in town today." He saw Scrooge and tells Belle how mean and unhappy he looked. Belle turns and stares at the snow falling outside the window and you can hear the tune from "Winter is Warm" being reprised. This scene always struck me as a child. Not only does it show the happiness that Scrooge missed out on ... which is obvious. But it also demonstrates the loss that Belle still feels even though she lives such a good life.

The fact that no one has mentioned this scene in all the user reviews for this special had me half-believing I had imagined it. However, I have verified that the scene is in the Dickens's original story (I have never read the original all the way through and only discovered this scene when I was searching for it in connection to this "Magoo problem"). Furthermore, before the wavey cut, the Ghost states he has "one shadow more." I do not believe he is referring to the Ghost of Christmas Future. The "shadows" are not the ghosts, they are the shadows of the past.

Is there anyone out there who also remembers this scene or am I completely mad!?!


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