NBC made television history on Dec. 18, 1962, when it premiered the first made-for-TV animated holiday special, "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol." The myopic bumbler Magoo, voiced by the memorable Jim Backus, starred in 43 comedy cartoons for UPA Studios between 1949 and 1959. But in this musical version of Charles Dickens' tale, Magoo shows his dramatic chops as Ebenezer Scrooge. The special features a lovely score by Broadway vets Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, which includes the song "Alone in the World." Jack Cassidy, Jean Kean and Paul Frees also lent their talents to the project. A collector's edition is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
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