Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)

Everyone's favorite visually impaired cartoon character Mister Magoo takes center stage in this  animated version of Charles Dickens' timeless holiday classic A Christmas Carol. It was first aired in 1962 on NBC and was one of the earliest made-for-television animated Christmas programs, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer didn't debut until December 1964.

While Jim Backus provides the voice for Mister Magoo, there are also some Broadway style musical numbers. Additional voices are supplied by notable folk such as Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, and Royal Dano. Also of interest is the fact that much of the characters dialogue comes directly from Dickens source material and is not "dumbed down" as has become increasingly the case with television adaptions of A Christmas Carol.

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