Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962)

USA, 18 December
35mm, colour, 1.33:1
mono, English

An animated American fantasy television special featuring in place of in an adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel directed by Abe Levitow.

Plot Summary

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more 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?


Directed by: Abe Levitow
© MCMLXII [1962]
A Henry G. Saperstein production, UPA
Executive Producer: Henry G. Saperstein
Producer: Lee Orgel
Production Manager: Earl Jonas
Adapted by: Barbara Chain
Freely adapted from Dickens' “
Mr Magoo created under the supervision of Stephen Bosustow
Sequence Directors: Duane Crouther, Gerard Baldwin, Steve Clark
Animators: Casey Onaitis, Ed Solomon, John Walker, Tom McDonald, Xenia, Hank Smith
Film Editing: Sam Horta, Earl Bennett, George Probert, Wayne Hughes
Music by: Jule Styne
Lyrics by: Bob Merrill
Music Scored and Conducted by: Walter Scharf
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

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)

Alternative Titles

Cuento de Navidad de Mr Magoo – Venezuela



  • A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida pp.189-190 – credits