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Late Late Night FDL: Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Part One,

Part Two,

Part Three, and

Part Four.

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol was the first animated holiday special created specifically for television and originally aired on December 18, 1962.

Directed by Abe Levitow.  Henry G. Saperstein, Executive Producer, UPA Pictures.  Produced by Lee Orgel.  Story by Charles Dickens.  Adaptation by Barbara Chain.  Sequence direction by Gerard Baldwin, Steve Clark, and Duane Crowther.  Animation by Casey Onaitis, Hank Smith, Ed Solomon, John Walker, Tom McDonald, and Xenia.  Color styling by Jack Heiter, Bob Inman, Phill Norman (as Phil Norman), Dave Weidman, and Gloria Wood.  Film Editing by Earl Bennett, Sam Horta, Wayne Hughes, and George Probert.  Production Management by Earl Jonas.  Production Design by Corny Cole (as ‘Corny’ Cole), Lee Mishkin, Marty Murphy, Tony Rivera, Shirley Silvey, Bob Singer, Dick Ung (as Richard Ung), and Sam Weiss.

Voices by (in credits order) Jim Backus (Ebenezer Scrooge, Mr. Magoo); Morey Amsterdam (Brady, James); Jack Cassidy (Bob Cratchit); Royal Dano (Marley’s Ghost); Paul Frees (Stage Director, Charity Man, Fezziwig, Eyepatch Man, and Tall Tophat Man); Joan Gardner (Tiny Tim, Ghost of Christmas Past); John Hart (Billings, Stage Manager, and Milkman); Jane Kean (Belle); Marie Matthews (Young Scrooge); Laura Olsher (Mrs. Cratchit); and Les Tremayne (Ghost of Christmas Present).

Original Music by Jule Styne.  Lyrics by Bob Merrill. Incidental music composed by Walter Scharf.  Music Scored and Conducted by Walter Scharf.

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I am a host of Late Late Night FDL music and cartoon posts in addition to spending most evenings behind the FDL backstage curtain flipping levers. Used to be a practicing heterosexual but now it appears that I am just a consultant. Avid reader since teaching myself how to read when four. Navy brat and first born so always thinking of the consequences. Double Irish so I usually got caught. Turned my misspent youth around and became that scary thing in your rear view mirror. Retired from the Fremont (California) Police Department after 24 years of sworn and non-sworn duties, including Patrol and the Crimes Against Persons Unit. Currently living on the North Oregon Coast with Token, cutest dog in the world (10 lb category), where I enjoy taking non-crime scene photographs, writing at my own blog, TwoTonGreenBlog, and working backstage at Firedoglake.