Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol Poster

Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)

Animation | Comedy | Drama
Rayting:   7.5/10 2.7K votes
Country: United States
Language: English
Release date: December 18, 1962

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

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ja_kitty_71 8 December 2016

Mr. Magoo is one of my favorite cartoons characters, and this special is now another Christmas favorite; I had watched it two times. In the first TV special for Christmas, Mr. Magoo plays the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical stage production of "A Christmas Carol," one of my favorite Christmas stories. I thought the songs were great, and so is the animation.

I'm afraid there is nothing else to say about this special other than I really love it! I love it better than "A Flintstone Christmas Carol," when it comes to a Christmas special about a stage version of Dickens' holiday story.

Christmas-Reviewer 16 October 2017

BEWARE OF BOGUS REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW. WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE PRODUCTION & THAT IS WHAT IS GOING ON HERE FOR THIS FILM! NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 300 Christmas MOVIES. I HAVE NO AGENDA. I AM FARE

This up-tenth version of the "Charles Dickens" famous book has an excellent framing device. There is a musical score that has some very memorable tunes. I also love the fact the rearrange the appearance in which the 3 G Host appear.

Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol was produced by Henry G. Saperstein and the UPA animation studio in its declining days. Commissioned and sponsored by Timex, it first aired on NBC on December 18, 1962.[4] Although the special led to The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo television series, the studio ultimately found it could not adapt to the rigors of mass-producing cartoons for television.

The program was broadcast as a TV special many times during the Christmas season from the 1960s through the 1980s—though not always on NBC—before being released on VHS in 1982 and on DVD in 2001. The original 53-minute running time is often cut to make room for additional commercials, primarily by removing the framing device about Magoo himself. For the 2012 holiday season, NBC, which last telecast it in 1969, announced it would return the special to the air for the first time since the 1980s; it aired on NBC on December 22, 2012 even though it was heavily edited for the addition of more commercials including opening and closing wraparounds scenes, the finale scene of the musical as well as the end credits and other crucial scenes being cut from broadcast. The CW acquired the broadcast rights to the special for the 2014 season which was originally broadcast in its entirety but for the 2015 season, the broadcast was the heavily edited NBC version instead

SnakesOnAnAfricanPlain 26 December 2011

I didn't find this to be that engaging. First of all, Mr Magoo is one of those flat comedy characters such as Mr Bean. Even so, since this is Mr Magoo playing Scrooge in a Broadway production, he doesn't have any of his eye problems. This means it's just another adaptation of the story. Slotted into such a short time the story feels rushed. He is also shown Christmas present before the past. The songs are so dull I can't remember a single one, and I pick up songs fairly quickly. The animation is also very aged, this leads to characters that jolt around the screen. Unfortunately, the emotion and pacing is too poor to make up for its failings.

atinder 16 November 2012

The only really reason I saw this was because of The Simpsons, in Tis the Fifteenth Season titled episode.

Homer was watching this on TV, it find it funny in the Simpsons,

Well should came on here cause, I didn't think it would have been a musical, I as i wasn't really in mood for one.

So any musical parts, I Fast forwards those parts,

I thought it would have been a lot more funny then it was it, I did really find it that funny at all.

I didn't really like the whole movie at all, it did not feel like a Christmas movie at all.

I can't say anything about the acting in this movie, some parts of the cartoon are really outdated now

Doylenf 10 December 2007

Another delightful animated rendering of the famous Ghost story with a Christmas message for everyone, especially the young in heart. It's JIM BACKUS behind the voice of Scrooge, having fun with his Mr. Magoo characterization despite the lack of "blind as a bat" jokes. He plays the role fairly straight and is still amusing as that old skinflint who develops a love for mankind after visited by three spirits.

JACK CASSIDY makes a fine Bob Cratchet, especially since he's gets to lift his splendid voice in song in tunes that have a definite Broadway sound to them. Surprisingly, no one has thought of turning this into a stage show for Christmas presentations. The material and the songs are there for the asking. There's a wistful sound to some of the ballads.

Worth watching for the good blend of story, animation and music, although the George C. Scott version of '84 cannot be topped for bringing the Dickens story to the screen in the most faithful fashion.

Sylviastel 25 December 2007

I loved Mr. Magoo growing up. We don't see him much anymore on television or this special around the holiday times. We see less and less television programming devoted to the Christmas holidays. Jim Backus uses his voice as Mr. Magoo, the four eyed actor, in this special where he plays Ebenezer Scrooge, the Charles Dickens character, forever immortalized in all sorts of holiday tales. Just like the story of a Christmas Carol, there are three ghosts and Marley, the predecessor who warns Scrooge to change his ways. Okay, this version is not the best out there but it's timely and good for kids and adults and fans of classic animation. I bought the tape years ago and just played it around the holidays. It's a treat to watch every year.

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