DVD 53 mins IMDB 7.6
G (General Audience)
Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
Goodtimes (1962)
In Collection
#299

Seen It:
Yes
Animation, Children, Family, Holiday
USA  /  English

Jim Backus Ebenezer Scrooge / Mr. Magoo
Morey Amsterdam Brady
Jack Cassidy Bob Cratchit
Royal Dano Marley's Ghost
Paul Frees Charity Man
Joan Gardner Tiny Tim
John Hart Billings
Jane Kean Belle
Marie Matthews Young Scrooge
Laura Olsher Mrs. Cratchit

Director Abe Levitow
Producer Henry G. Saperstein; Lee Orgel
Writer Charles Dickens; Barbara Chain
Musician Jule Styne

This 1962 special marked the last hurrah of Mr. Magoo, who starred in 43 cartoon shorts, including two Oscar® winners, from the UPA Studio between 1949 and 1959. Magoo appears as Scrooge in a Broadway production of "A Christmas Carol" in this minimally animated hour. The play-within-the-show features forgettable songs by Jules Styne and Bob Merrill: Tiny Tim ("played" by the animated character Gerald McBoing-Boing) sings, oddly, of "razzle berry dressing" and "woofle jelly cake." This retelling of Dickens's holiday standard is much tamer than Richard Williams's Oscar-winning adaptation: the ghosts aren't scary, nor does Magoo confront the specters of Ignorance and Want. Small children who might be frightened by more dramatic versions of the story will enjoy this mild program. And the self-satisfied chuckles and bromides Jim Backus gives Magoo in his lighter moments remain as delightful as ever. This film is suitable for ages 6 and older. --Charles Solomon

Edition Details
Distributor Classic Media
Barcode 074645433394
Region Region 1
Release Date 9/24/2002
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Stereo [English]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Purchase Price $14.95
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