Balladeer’s Blog’s 6th annual Christmas Carol-A- Thon begins with this little item I’m doing as a reader request. I had thought that Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol was way too mainstream and well-known for me to review but I’ve been told it’s fallen off the radar for most people so here we go!
MR MAGOO’S CHRISTMAS CAROL (1962) – The nearly-blind one-joke cartoon figure called Mr Magoo was voiced by Jim Backus. The schtick in the character’s regular cartoon adventures was that his cosmic-level near-sightedness caused him to mistake a bowling alley for a laundromat or some similar mixup and slapstick hijinx would develop from there.
In true “S&M Cartoon” style Magoo usually glided serenely through his antics with a supporting character getting subjected to sadistic punishment caused by the blind buffoon’s foolishness. Making it even more annoying would be the fact that the secondary characters receiving this undeserved drubbing would often be trying to save the vision-challenged Mr Magoo from the consequences of his own actions only to wind up suffering even more physical damage than the cat in Itchy & Scratchy cartoons.
Luckily Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol deviates entirely from the one-joke character’s usual storyline. This 1962 telefilm features Magoo as an actor arriving at a theatre to star as Ebenezer Scrooge in a stage performance. Before and after commercial breaks the stage curtains opening and closing added a nice, cute touch to the proceedings.
In general this is one of the most popular animated versions of A Christmas Carol and it’s easy to see why. There are some catchy songs, the inclusion of most of the crucial parts of Dickens’ tale plus a small role for Gerald McBoing-Boing for UPA Cartoon geeks.
For me this Carol always loses points because of the incredible blunder it commits by having the Ghost of Christmas PAST come AFTER the Ghost of Christmas PRESENT! That doesn’t even make sense and it’s not like there’s a reason for it in this particular adaptation. When I point this out to people who adore this version of A Christmas Carol they seem shocked that it happens, making me wonder exactly how long it’s been since they saw this and if they’re just revering it out of vaguely- remembered feelings of nostalgia.
Overall Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol is certainly more fun than joyless items like The Flintstones Christmas Carol but I still consider it fairly overrated. It is by all means worth watching again and again, just don’t expect the seasonal masterpiece that it often gets described as being.
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