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Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)

Country of Origin: USA
Date of Original Broadcast: 18 December 1962
Number of Seasons: n/a
Total Number of Episodes: 1
Running Times: 53 mins
Format: 35mm
Colour Format: colour
Ratio: 1.33:1
Sound: mono

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Companies: A Henry G. Saperstein production/UPA
Copyright: © MCMLXII
Executive Producer: Henry G. Saperstein
Producer: Lee Orgel
Production Manager: Earl Jonas

SCRIPT
Adapted by: Barbara Chain
Freely adapted from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"
Mr Magoo created under the supervision of Stephen Bosustow

DIRECTION
Directed by: Abe Levitow
Sequence Directors: Duane Crouther, Gerard Baldwin, Steve Clark

ANIMATION
Animators: Casey Onaitis, Ed Solomon, John Walker, Tom McDonald, Xenia, Hank Smith

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Film Editing: Sam Horta, Earl Bennett, George Probert, Wayne Hughes

MUSIC
Music by: Jule Styne
Lyrics by: Bob Merrill
Music Scored and Conducted by: Walter Scharf

DESIGN
Production Designers: Lee Mishkin, Robert Singer, Richard Ung, Corny Cole, Shirley Silvey, Tony Rivera, Marty Murphy, Sam Weiss
Color Stylists: Phill Norman, Gloria Wood, Robert Inman, Jack Heiter, Dave Weidman

CAST
Starring the voice of
Jim Backus as Mister Magoo

Morey Amsterdam (Brandy/James)
Jack Cassidy (Bob Cratchit)
Royal Dano (Marley's ghost)
June Foray (Ghost of Christmas Past)
Paul Frees (charity man/Old Fezziwig/eyepatch man/tall tophat man)
Joan Gardner (Tiny Tim)
John Hart (Billings/stage manager/milkman)
Jane Kean (Belle)
Marie Matthews (young Scrooge)
Laura Olsher (Mrs Cratchit)
Les Tremayne (Ghost of Christmas Present)

PLOT SUMMARY

Miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more ghosts will appear during the night trying to show Scrooge the error of his ways. As the night wears on, he's visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. But will even they be enough to soften old Scrooge's heart?

AVAILABILITY

USA
Television Distributors: NBC
Theatrical Distributors: Maron Films (1970)
Video Distributors: Paramount Home Video
DVD Distributors: Classic Media; GoodTimes Home Video

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

USA
Rating: G

TIMELINE

1962
December

18: USA - television broadcast (on NBC)

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Cuento de Navidad de Mr Magoo - Venezuelan title

LINKS

SEE ALSO
A Christmas Carol (adaptations)

REFERENCES

BOOKS

A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc (2000)) pp.189-190
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KEYWORDS

animation, book into film, christmas, ghosts, misers


Last Updated: 1 January, 2009

 


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