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Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)

TV Movie  -   -  Animation | Comedy | Drama  -  18 December 1962 (USA)
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An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the ... See full summary »

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An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the true meaning of Christmas from the three spirits who haunt him one Christmas Eve. Written by alfiehitchie

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The first of the cartoon Christmas specials that were run annually by the major networks and now by various cable channels. See more »

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During the chorus of the song, "We'll have the Lord's bright blessing", the soundtrack has claps on the off-beats, but visually the characters clap on the on-beats. See more »

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Ebenezer Scrooge: Merry Christmas. Out upon 'Merry Christmas!' If I could work my will, every fool who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart! Bah! Humbug!
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Version of A Christmas Carol (1950) See more »

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We're Despicable (Plunderer's March)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Performed by Paul Frees, Royal Dano, Joan Gardner, and Laura Olsher
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Alone in the World
16 December 2001 | by (Vero Beach, FL) – See all my reviews



Right now I am trying to figure out what to do this Christmas, since the family tradition is a-tremor. The thought of being alone on Christmas deeply saddens me, and I think it goes back to seeing little Ebenezar Scrooge left behind in boarding school while all the other kids had families to go home to for Christmas.

I cried just like Mr. Magoo's older Scrooge did when he saw himself as a kid singing:

When you're alone, alone in the world When you're alone in the world Blown-away leaves get blown in the world Swirled-away leaves get swirled

A hand for each hand was planned for the world Why don't my fingers reach? Millions of grains of sand in the world Why's mine a lonely beach?

Where are the heels to click to my clack? Where is the voice to answer mine back? I'm all alone in the WOOOOORLD!!!

None of the other versions caught this scene the way this one does. Not Bugs Bunny, Bill Murray, Albert Finney, Mickey Mouse. Maybe Alistair Sim, sort of.

Simplistic, yes, but it's the scene that still sticks in my throat as I choke back an adult tear. It's the scene that makes this version, truly unique, all alone in the world.


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