This made-for-TV special with the voice of Jim Backus opened the floodgates for a slew of animated and all-family "Christmas Carols" to follow. Mr. Magoo's iteration, with its minimalist animation style and play-within-a-show format, sanitized the classic to make a truly G-rated program. The ghosts aren't frightening, there are plenty of pratfalls and jokes about Magoo's poor eyesight, and even the looters who steal from Scrooge are more goofy than sleazy. Music's from Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, who went on to pen the songs in Barbra Streisand's "Funny Girl."
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